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California Games
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Master System, Mega-Tech
ROM size:
Sega Mega Drive
512kB,
Sega Master System
256kB
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
1991 $49.95 Media:GamePro US 030.pdf[1] 1207
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1992-01 £39.99 Media:CVG UK 124.pdf[2] 1207
Sega Mega Drive
AU
199x $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
199x R$?  ?


Sega Master System
US
$? 7014
Sega Master System
EU
£24.95 Media:ACE UK 21.pdf[3] MK-7014-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
$? ?



California Games, known as Jogos de Verão in Brazil, is a sports game developed by Epyx for numerous home computers and consoles, as part of their Games series, following Summer Games and World Games. The first Sega version was a Master System conversion developed by Sega themselves and released in 1989, which, like the similar NES version from around the same time, was mainly based off of the Commodore 64 version. Later, in 1991, a Mega Drive version, this time developed by Novotrade, was released, which featured brand new graphics in comparison to the other versions as well as slightly different play mechanics, but at the same time removed the Flying Disc event and the sponsorship that was present on all other versions.

Much later, during the mid-90s, the Master System version was cut-up and re-released by Tec Toy as a "compilation" entitled Game Box Série Esportes Radicais, which only kept the surfing and BMX events.

Magazine articles

Main article: California Games/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
87 №124, p41Media:CVG UK 124.pdf
92 №30, p62Media:GamePro US 030.pdf
80 №39
78 №5, p42
82 №24, p152Media:Joystick FR 024.pdf
62 №5, p91
60 №9, p19
78 №1, p64
80 №3, p27-29Media:MegaTech UK 03.pdf
79 №18, p50
91 №18, p48-50Media:MeanMachines UK 18.pdf
49 №18, p52/53Media:PlayerOne FR 018.pdf
71 №29, p30/31
78 №4, p59Media:SegaPro UK 04.pdf
65 №18, p64
75 №3, p48/49Media:SegaForce UK 03.pdf
Sega Mega Drive
75
Based on
16 reviews

Mega Drive, US
CaliforniaGames MD US backcover.jpgNospine.pngCaliforniaGames MD US cover.jpg
Cover
CaliforniaGames MD US cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
CaliforniaGames MD EU cover.jpg
Cover
CaliforniaGames MD EU cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
Californiagames md br cover.jpg
Cover
CaliforniaGames MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
71 №21, p50Media:ACE UK 21.pdf
93 №26, p144Media:ACE UK 26.pdf
93 №1, p36
94 №4, p93Media:CGtC UK 04.pdf
93 №91, p83Media:CVG UK 091.pdf
78 №18, p53Media:TGM UK 18.pdf
93 №6, p46/47Media:MeanMachines UK 06.pdf
100 №23, p55
80 №2, p18Media:SegaPro UK 02.pdf
Sega Master System
88
Based on
9 reviews

Master System, US
CaliforniaGames SMS US cover.jpg
Cover
CaliforniaGames SMS US Cart.jpg
Cart
Californiagames sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
CaliforniaGames SMS EU cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, EU
® variant; no barcode
CaliforniaGames SMS EU R cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, EU
7 language variant
CaliforniaGames SMS EU 7lang cover.jpg
Cover
CaliforniaGames SMS EU cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU

CaliforniaGames SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
CaliforniaGames SMS BR cover.jpg
Cover
JdV SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
CaliforniaGames SMS BR Manual Alt.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR (newer)
CaliforniaGames SMS BR Cardboard Box.jpg
Cover
CaliforniaGames SMS BR Cardboard Cart.jpg
Cart
CaliforniaGames SMS BR Cardboard Manual.pdf
Manual

References

  1. File:GamePro US 030.pdf, page 66
  2. File:CVG UK 124.pdf, page 41
  3. File:ACE UK 21.pdf, page 50