The Games: Winter Challenge is a sports game based on winter events at the Olympics developed by Mindspan and published by Accolade in 1991 for DOS and Genesis. There is a sequel called Summer Challenge as well. The game is not an ‘official’ one endorsed by any Olympic committees as it was released just a bit too early for licensing.
Winter Challenge features 8 winter sports from the Olympics: Ski Jump, Downhill Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Luge, Giant Slalom, Bobsled, Speed Skating, and Biathlon. The game also offers 2 different modes to play in, Training and Tournament. Training is exactly as it sounds, you can participate in the events by yourself to get the hang of it first. In Tournament you can compete with up to 10 opponents in the multiple events. All of the events are scored by time except for the biathlon and ski jump, which are judged by accuracy and distance, respectively. The player can choose their appearance and nationality, as well as the difficulty setting.
The game scored pretty well when it was released and many fans cite is as one of the best winter sports games ever made. With a easy to use interface that keeps it from being overly complicated to play, Winter Challenge is perfect for winter sports fans.