Amiga: Advanced Ski Simulator – My Worst Purchase.. Ever!

Advanced Ski Simulator from Codemasters (taken from http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/big/7911/Advanced-Ski-Simulator/)
Advanced Ski Simulator from Codemasters (taken from http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/big/7911/Advanced-Ski-Simulator/)

Greetings everyone,

Many, many years ago, when I was a kid, a friend of mine, my parents and I went to the city to do some shopping. The number one place for us kids to visit was the local software store. We didn’t have enough cash to afford the top games, since they tended to be expensive, so we seeked out the budget section instead. Back then one often chose which game to purchase by the cover and the screenshots, which ultimately lead to many disappointments amongst eager and young gamers.

On this trip I ended up getting Advanced Ski Simulator by Codemasters, while my friend picked up Into to the Eagles Nest by Mindscape. When I got back home I remember turning on the computer, inserting the disk, and waiting for it to load, with high expectations.. the disappointment was enormous.. The game was completely unplayable, boring and not any fun at all. πŸ™ I can describe it with one word; rubbish! It was actually so bad, that we caught a laughing fit while testing it!

Although we disliked it, the cover of the game says that ACE Magazine called the game “addictive”, so there are probably some people out there disagreeing with me. πŸ˜€

I’ve embedded a video from YouTube below, so that you can watch the “gameplay” for yourself.. Enjoy! πŸ˜‰ My friend was very happy with his purchase though, so that made up for some of the disappointment.

Have any of you made any bad purchases when it comes to games? Would love to hear your stories about it. πŸ™‚

15 comments

  1. Haha, great post – Codemasters truly released some awful titles when they first started out. Nothing like the big budget monsters they release today.

    For bad purchases, i’ve got loads but the three that spring to mind the most are Double Dragon for the C64. I knew it was bad, the magazines scores were bad, but it was Double Dragon and I’d been longing for faithful coin-op port for years….oh dear – worst game I have ever played. I still own it today purely to kick the box around πŸ™‚

    Secondly, I was sucked into the franchise that started with two good games only to find the 3rd a right ol pile of old tosh. Renegade 3 on the C64…Oh dear!

    …and finally, another C64 game but this time on cartridge, and again being sucked into the advertisements of the C64GS blurb stating ‘instant loading’. Instant loading yes, but that still couldn’t hide the atrocity that was Robocop 2 and at Β£24 of my hard earned and saved up paper route money i was not a happy gamer.

    • Hi mate,

      Thanks for commenting! πŸ™‚

      Hehe.. I remember reading a post from you about Double Dragon on the C64. Must have been a big disappointment for you. I know the feeling though.. one just wants it to be good, no matter what others say, but sadly it turns out to suck anyway.

      That sucks. πŸ™ Shame on the developers of Robocop 2!

  2. I rememeber the time I got hyped up on a Spiderman & X-Men Game Boy game. You know, this “oh boy! both together!” feeling. As a kid your expectations are high. Then all i saw were some standard graphics but, but the controls… There was an object I had to collect and EVERYTIME I wanted to get it, I had to jump dozens of times to hit the right pixel to get it. Once you got to a selection menu with the different X-Men to play it it got worse. It was surely a waste for money, specially considering I was able to afford one game every three months or so. Now that was a disappointment! XD

    • Hi there,

      Many thanks for you comment. πŸ™‚

      That sounds horrible.. I’m sure it was a huge disappointment for you.. πŸ™ hopefully the next game you purchased was much, much better. πŸ™‚

  3. There are a ton of games that I have played that have been quite disappointing, from when I had an Atari to when I had a 3DO and beyond. I always loved how a lot of the companies that tended to put out crappy games had these flashy kind of names; like Code Masters. It is as if you were supposed to be impressed by the company name alone.

    “This game should be awesome because it was released by Code Masters!”

    Then when you actually play one of the horrible games not only are you making fun of the game you are making fun of the company’s name. There are times when I sitting through the Angry Video Game Nerd videos where he covers a game that I have played and immediately have that reaction of,

    “I’ve played that! It DID suck!”

  4. One thing worth to think about for a minute – how the computer games market (and software in general) has changed through last 20 years… Imagine you would have to pay for all that Flash crap! But still, the free games your can find on the Internet today, are much better than what you had to pay for in 90s. I don’t want to simplify things (Internet, advertisements, global market etc.) but just a thought.

    As for disappointments, I was 8-bit Atari user, and remember all those “demo” versions of games like “Barbarian”, “Dizzy”, “Lemmings”, etc. Good it was not sold in shops, so it did not cost much.

  5. I remember seeing this in my local book shop! For some reasons book shops sold Commodore computers back then. All these Codemaster simulator titles had tempting covers, and I think I ended up buying an equally bad pinball simulator for the C64. πŸ˜€

    • That’s right, I remember that too. We went to a bookstore when I was going to buy my first computer (Commodore 64), but they were sold out. Went for the MSX instead at Spaceworld. πŸ™‚ Good times!

      Glad to hear that I’m not alone.. πŸ˜‰ hope you’ve recovered from that bad C64 purchase.. πŸ˜€

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