Our Winter Sports Review - Our Winter of Mild Content
Updated: Jul 7
Our Winter Sports
Our Winter Sports is a Winter Olympics simulator, although it avoids needing to pay for any licenses by masking it as a competition between some random kids and having a few fake events. You play a decathlon-style series of 10 events and score points based on how you do in each one. Events range from a handful of racing events to a snowball fight and generally only use a few buttons. Although you can earn achievement medals for hitting certain performance goals in each event, there don't seem to be any unlockables and the only setting to speak of is whether there are 4 competitors or 8. I didn't see any way to, say, change the number of laps in a race or the length of the snowball fight.
So, since there's nothing like a campaign or any long-term goals to aim for, this has to get by entirely on the strength of its minigames. Thankfully, they're mostly pretty decent. The racing games are very simple, but since you only spend 1-2 minutes on them and they likely won't come up sequentially, I didn't mind that they weren't more fleshed out. Hockey is a particular highlight thanks to intuitive arcade controls and sticking around for just long enough to feel substantial without dragging on. My only notable issues are that the snowball fight aiming doesn't make much sense and that the ski jump definitely needed a better tutorial. That was the only event that I didn't finish first or second in, but I have no idea what I did wrong.
All in all, it's fun enough for the $5 sale price. Going through one decathlon takes 30 minutes or so and I could see doing that a few times in couch co-op. The games are simple enough that young kids could play most of them, although I think they'd struggle to be competitive against the normal AI on several of the events. I don't think there's enough here to justify the normal $10 price tag, but provided you do get it at that sale price, it's a decent enough time. It's easily the best of the three SAT-BOX games I played this week, and the only one I can recommend at all.
Time to beat: 30 minutes per decathlon.
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