Lost Treasures

November 9, 2015

Episode 13: Summer Games II & Chip’s Challenge

Interview with Chuck Sommerville

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This week we have the developer of, not one, but two of our Lost Treasures.  Chuck Sommerville joins us to talk about both Summer Games II and Chip’s Challenge.  During Chuck’s tenure at Epyx Games, he developed more than just these two gems, however, and we get the opportunity to touch on a few of them such as Winter Games and California Games.


When one thinks about the best games on the Commodore 64, it’s hard not to think about some of the amazing sports titles that were released on the system. One that stands out above the crowd is Summer Games II from Epyx, the follow-up to the very popular Summer Games.

This game was released only a year after the original, but was one of the few games that was developed at the time by an entire team. The separate event nature of the game meant that one person could work on a single event and yet the whole thing comes together as a cohesive release. The original team included Scott Nelson, Jon Leupp, Chuck Sommerville, Kevin Norman, Michael Kosaka & Larry Clague.

The events include triple jump, high jump, rowing, javelin throw, equestrian, fencing, kayaking, and cycling. Created originally on the Commodore 64, Summer Games II was ported to the Apple II and the IBM PC.  7 years after its initial release it was up-ported to the 16-bit Atari ST and Amiga platform and was even released on the Wii virtual console in 2009. Ports also exist for the Sinclair Spectrum and Amstrad CPC.

Summer Games II was released in a time before there was a lot of official licensing going on for sports games, so you actually played in a multi-sport carnival called the “EPYX GAMES” with up to 8 players competing at once.  Although each player had to take their turn one at a time it was an early competitive sports game and is often fondly remembered by those who tried it. It’s truly a lost treasure.

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Sean
Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.




 
 

 

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