From Start to Finish
Just a small game from the website of The Observer Sport Monthly, a publication over here in the UK. From Start to Finish combines fantastic art design with old-school gameplay, this is one for the button-mashers among you. The game is a timed race through 5 different sports: hurdling, football, swimming, basketball and motorcycling. The controls are simple: alternating quickly between z and x increases your speed, whereas space avoids certain obstacles on each level which are designed to invariably slow you down.
Each of the 5 levels boasts a unique graphical style, from pixelated graphics resemblant of those on the Commodore 64, to a stylized blue ink sketch. The ambient sound affects in some areas are a pleasure to behold.
There isn't much to the gameplay, and yet I found myself going back to it again and again to try and better myself, my best time so far being a little over 38 seconds. Depending on your time, you can enter a prize draw to win an iPod or a digital camera, however the prize draw is only open to those of us over 18 and who live in the UK.
Update: The Observer Sport Monthly has officially closed this game, therefore it is no longer available to play.