World Championship Games: A Track and Field Event offers players 14 tracks and field type “events” that play out like mini-games. These mini-games can be played one at a time at the player’s choosing or randomly through a decathlon style tournament. The concept for a fun game is there, but how fun is this game?
Well I wish I could say this game was fun, but I found the overall feel of it to be tedious and boring. The controls are absolutely the worst thing about this game. Most of the events require your complete focus on the bottom screen while they want you to time a separate button press on the top screen. Not pressing the required button(s) at the right time results in a foul and pretty much guarantees you won’t win that event. The only exception to this seems to be the races. In the races you just have to tap the foot on the bottom screen when it comes into the line at the bottom of the screen. That is about the extent of the gameplay. I don’t know who developed this title but he seems like a mix between a DDR junky and a masochist.
I found myself trying to use my peripheral vision to press on the feet on the bottom screen while watching the top to know when to press the required button(s). Unfortunately, this didn’t seem to work too well either and even when I did time my button press before it fouled you it required you to hold the button for a little bit to “select your angle” and then release. There are some events that require you to run, time one button press, time the release of that button press, and then time a held button for the angle and release it. One slip up generally means a foul and no points awarded for you.
The graphics for this game are so-so. I’ve both seen worse and better graphics on the DS so I would say graphically it falls somewhere in the middle. The sound of the crowd and the little details included were well done and are one of the redeeming factors of this game. World Championship Games has support for 2 players for single card play or 2-4 players multi-card play. Because there are only 14 mini-games in this title the replay value is extremely low.
Overall this game includes 14 mini-games providing roughly 30 minutes of amusement for whoever picks it up. If you absolutely must try this game I recommend borrowing it off a friend or renting it for one night. This game lacks anything truly entertaining and you may find yourself going through the motions by the 3rd or so event just to say you finished the decathlon.
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