Track & Field Reader Review
Track and field is an Olympic Games style game released by Konami in 1983 in the arcades. The game consists of six track and field events such as the 100m sprint and the javelin. The games controls were you have two buttons to hammer to build up speed and an action button to either throw or jump. The simple controls made the game very simple and easy to play and the practice needed to become really god at the game meant that it was one of the few arcade games which everyone came back to.
Track and field for the arcade allowed up to four player multiplayer and this feature especially in the arcade made the game so much more than a simple game of skill. The game became a physical contest between the players with the players who had good finger tapping speed winning whilst the others having to endure with finger cramps and pains. This is maybe why so many people had finger cramps and sore fingers, the game became something anyone could play but only a few could become truly great at it.
The original arcade game of TF has 1983 era graphics and audio and compared to today�s games it looks and sounds pretty terrible. This is expected as the game is now 24 years old and does have a very retro eel the game.
Track and field games are part of one of the only genres of game where it is all about the game play. The graphics may not be the best and neither is the audio but once playing no one really look at the graphic, all the player care about is mashing them buttons as fast as they can and this helps give the game longevity and makes it perfectly playable today.
Every Olympic Games for the past fifteen to twenty years has had an official Olympic Games tie in game. Now whilst the games graphics and sound are improving every year the underlying game play is still very similar to TF in the arcades. The rapidly tapping two buttons to power up and the action button to perform either jumps or release is still the same as in TF and that is why the game still hold up today to some extent. Now the graphics and sound don't hold up at all but the core game play mechanics mean that this game can still be enjoyed today as it was in 1983.
Track and Field today may not be that good aesthetically but the core game play underneath the presentation means that this game is still very playable and is still a very good game. The problem with a lot of games is that they strive for the best in graphics without thinking will this game still be playable in twenty years. Track and Field shows that by making game play the focus of your game it is possible for people to enjoy games twenty years after they were first made.
9 / 10