Track and field
Atari 2600 game CX-26125

General Information

Developer - Seth Lipkin and Jacques Hugon

Publisher - Atari Corporation

Release - 1983

Platform - Atari 2600

Number of players - 1P / 2P

Genre - Sports

Track and field case

Track & Field, known in Japan and Europe as Hyper Olympic, is a 1983 Olympic-themed sports arcade game

 Track and field Atari 2600 games

In the original arcade game, the player uses two "run" buttons (or a trackball in later units that replaced buttons damaged from overuse) and one "action" button to control an athlete competing in the following six events:

100 Meter Dash – Running by quickly alternating button presses.

Long jump – Running by alternating button press and correct timing for jump. Hold jump button to set angle (42 degrees is optimal).

Javelin throw – Running by alternating button presses and then using action button correct timing for angle (43 degrees is optimal).

110 Meter Hurdles – Running by alternating button presses and using action button to time hurdles

Hammer throw – Spinning initiated by pressing a run button once and then correctly timed press of action button to choose angle (45 is optimal).

High jump – Running (speed set by computer) and then action button must be held down to determine angle of jump. Once in the air, the run button can be rapidly pressed for additional height.

Gameplay screenshot of the long jump event.

In each event, there is a qualifying time or level that the player must achieve to advance to the next event; failing to qualify (in one heat for running events or three tries in the other events) will reduce the player's number of lives by one, but if none are present in his/her disposal, the game will end. Players earn extra lives per 100,000 points scored.

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