As the London 2012 Olympics becomes a distant, glorious memory, people up and down the land are struggling with Olympics cold turkey, looking ahead to the Paralympics in the hope it will provide one more fix to their sport-watching riddled bodies.
Well cold turkey no more!
Relive all Team GB’s greatest London 2012 Olympic moments on your ZX Spectrum, with…Olympics!
Play as Great Britain across all your favourite Olympics events from the 100m sprint to yachting and the marathon as you take on the USA, the…er…Rest of the World and um…the USSR.
Well OK, the game was released in 1984 for the Los Angeles Olympics but one 100m sprint is just like any other, right? Right?
Read on as I take a look at some of the sports our athletes brought home gold medals in, recreated in glorious 8-bit technicolour.
Greg Rutherford triumphantly brought home the gold for GB within the same hour that Jessica Ennis won the heptathlon and Mo Farah won the 10,000m race.
Now you too can experience the thrill of jumping really, really far into a sand pit, by pressing the space bar several times over the course of a few minutes.
Cycling time trial
Just days after becoming the first Britain to ever win the Tour De France on a pair of motorised sideburns, Bradley Wiggins won a cycling time trial to briefly become the most decorated British Olympian ever before that fiend Sir Chris Hoy took double gold in the velodrome.
Now, you too can experience the thrill of becoming one of the greatest cyclists of all time by pressing the space bar several times over the course of a few minutes.
Well OK, we didn’t manage a gold medal this time, but who could pass up the opportunity of re-creating Rebecca Adlington’s hard fought double bronze achievement, making her one of the most decorated female British Olympians ever?
Now you too can recreate all the thrills and spills of the Olympics swimming events by pressing the space bar several times over the course of a few minutes.
But if a swimmer does the butterfly in London, do they cause a hurricane in Azerbaijan?
Ah, rowing. Another one of these sit down sports at which Team GB dominate so easily.
Now you too can recreate the glory of Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger and row your way to victory in the women’s double sculls by pressing the space bar several times over the course of a few minutes.
What London 2012 recreation would be complete without the British record heptathlon by Yorkshire lass Jessica Ennis that won her a stunning gold medal?
Well, this one actually, as the heptathlon isn’t included in the list of events. But you can partially recreate some of the excitement by pretending events included in the heptathlon like the hurdles are actually part of the wider heptathlon. Do that and squint your eyes a bit and it’s like you’re really there!
So now you too can recreate the thrill of Jessica Ennis’ heptathlon gold pressing the space bar several times and…you get the idea.
What Olympics experience would be complete without the thrill of the greatest race on earth, the 100m sprint?
This one, that’s what. No GB medal = no interest.
However, if you really wanted to recreate the snooze fest that is Usain Bolt winning…again then you can do so thanks to Olympics on the ZX Spectrum, which I’m fairly certain is the only game that comes close to recreating the magnificence of these spectacular London 2012 Olympics.
Now you too can recreate the thrill of Usain Bolt gurning for the camera before jogging around the track for a little bit and taking home yet another gold medal, simply by pressing the you know what and blah blah blah.
So there you have it, get your fill of the Olympics all over again with Olympics on the ZX Spectrum, and recreate the thrills, spills, triumphs and disasters of the Olympics all over again.
Dish the pain to the USSR (who didn’t even win a single medal at London 2012!) and show the ‘Rest of the World’ who is boss!