California Games

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California Games
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Mega-Tech
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Sound driver: GEMS (Novotrade)
Peripherals supported:
Sega Master System
FM Sound Unit
Genre: Sports[1]

















Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9549.95[3] 1207
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1207
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ-1207-50
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[5] 1207
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Master System
US
$49.9549.95[7] 7014
Sega Master System
EU
MK-7014-50
Sega Master System
BX
Sega Master System
UK
£24.9524.95[8] MK-7014-50
Sega Master System
AU
FCAL01SEC
Sega Master System
BR
026040
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?























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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.

Gameplay

Events

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Half Pipe

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Foot Bag

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Surfing

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Skating

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BMX

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Flying Disk

Magazine articles

Main article: California Games/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #94: "September 1989" (1989-08-16)
also published in:
  • ACE (UK) #24: "September 1989" (1989-08-03)[10]
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Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #95: "October 1989" (1989-09-16)
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Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #11: "Marzo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[12]
Console XS (UK) PAL
70
[13]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
87
[14]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
45
[2]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
91
[15]
Game Mania (UK)
91
[16]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
92
[3]
Games-X (UK)
80
[17]
Génération 4 (FR)
83
[18]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
78
[19]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
82
[20]
Joystick (FR)
82
[21]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
62
[22]
Mega (UK) PAL
60
[23]
Mega Action (UK)
78
[24]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
90
[25]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
80
[26]
Mean Machines (UK)
91
[27]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
91
[28]
Player One (FR)
49
[29]
Play Time (DE)
72
[30]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
71
[31]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
78
[32]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
65
[33]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
75
[34]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
52
[35]
Sega Mega Drive
74
Based on
26 reviews

California Games

Mega Drive, US
CaliforniaGames MD US cover.jpg
Cover
CaliforniaGames MD US cart.jpg
Cart
CaliforniaGames MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
CaliforniaGames MD EU cover.jpg
Cover
CaliforniaGames MD EU cart.jpg
Cart
California Games MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, EU (VC010)

CaliforniaGames MD EU VC010 pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, EU (VD130)

CaliforniaGames MD EU VD130 pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, EU (EJ106)

CaliforniaGames MD EU EJ106 pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, EU (YH071)

CaliforniaGames MD EU YH071 pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, FR

California Games MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, PT
CaliforniaGames MD PT cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
CaliforniaGames MD SE rental cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
Californiagames md br cover.jpg
Cover
CaliforniaGames MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, CA
CaliforniaGames MD CA cover.jpg
Cover

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
ACE (UK) PAL
71
[8]
ACE (UK) PAL
93
[36]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK) PAL
93
[37]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK) PAL
95
[38]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK) PAL
94
[39]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) PAL
94
[40]
Console XS (UK) PAL
83
[41]
Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
91
[42]
Game Mania (UK) PAL
93
[43]
The Games Machine (UK) PAL
78
[44]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
93
[45]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
93
[46]
New Computer Express (UK) PAL
100
[47]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
100
[48]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
80
[49]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
83
[50]
User (GR) PAL
88
[51]
Sega Master System
90
Based on
17 reviews

California Games

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
California Games SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU (Sega®); no barcode
CaliforniaGames SMS EU R cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, EU
7 Languages variant
CaliforniaGames SMS EU 7lang cover.jpg
Cover
CaliforniaGames SMS EU cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BX
CaliforniaGames SMS BX box front.jpg
Cover
Master System, AU
CaliforniaGames SMS AU cover.jpg
Cover
CaliforniaGames SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU (Wide hotline sticker)
CaliforniaGames SMS AU widesticker cover.jpg
Cover
CaliforniaGames SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU (Not for rental)
CaliforniaGames SMS AU norental back.jpgNospine.pngCaliforniaGames SMS AU norental cover.jpg
Cover
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
Master System, BR (clamshell)

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 43b1b672
MD5 6cb2871511f53a30996963f30839de75
SHA-1 0417ff05bb8bd696cfae8f795c09786665cb60ef
512kB 1991-08 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 ac6009a7
MD5 182b179a1226fb5b1e1cf6bb2f351c50
SHA-1 d0f8298bb2a30a3569c65372a959612df3b608db
256kB Cartridge (EU/US)

References

  1. File:CaliforniaGames SMS EU cover.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 28
  3. 3.0 3.1 GamePro, "January 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 66
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sega Power, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-10-30), page 11
  5. Computer & Video Games, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-15), page 41
  6. Computer Entertainer, "June 1989" (US; 1989-06-19), page 16
  7. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "October 1989" (US; 1989-xx-xx), page 33
  8. 8.0 8.1 ACE, "June 1989" (UK; 1989-05-04), page 50
  9. SuperGamePower, "Fevereiro 1996" (BR; 1996-xx-xx), page 72
  10. ACE, "September 1989" (UK; 1989-08-03), page 82
  11. Hobby Consolas, "Marzo 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 15
  12. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 42
  13. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 128
  14. Computer & Video Games, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-15), page 66
  15. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 29
  16. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 80
  17. Games-X, "23rd-29th January 1992" (UK; 1992-01-23), page 22
  18. Génération 4, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 140
  19. Game Zone, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-21), page 42
  20. Hobby Consolas, "Abril 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 78
  21. Joystick, "Février 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 152
  22. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 91
  23. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 19
  24. Mega Action, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 64
  25. Mega Force, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 1992-01-15), page 86
  26. MegaTech, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 27
  27. Mean Machines, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-27), page 48
  28. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 137
  29. Player One, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-03-10), page 52
  30. Play Time, "4/92" (DE; 1992-03-04), page 72
  31. Sega Power, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-05), page 30
  32. Sega Pro, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-16), page 59
  33. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 64
  34. Sega Force, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 48
  35. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 33
  36. ACE, "November 1989" (UK; 1989-10-xx), page 144
  37. Complete Guide to Consoles, "" (UK; 1989-10-16), page 36
  38. Complete Guide to Consoles, "" (UK; 1989-10-16), page 50
  39. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 93
  40. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 54
  41. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 139
  42. Computer & Video Games, "May 1989" (UK; 1989-04-11), page 83
  43. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  44. The Games Machine, "May 1989" (UK; 1989-04-20), page 53
  45. Mean Machines, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-03-01), page 46
  46. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 132
  47. New Computer Express, "September 9, 1989" (UK; 1989-09-07), page 58
  48. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 55
  49. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 20
  50. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 70
  51. User, "Septémvrios 1991" (GR; 1991-0x-xx), page 90


California Games

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Epyx's Games series on Sega systems
California Games (1989) | World Games (1990) | Summer Games (1990) | California Games II (1993)
Game Box Série Esportes Radicais (1996)