Database are the publishers of Micro User, the BBC Micro users magazine, and this program is a successful translation from their Beeb version, and their first excursion into Spectrum territory. Olympics year seems to have resulted in a wetter of track sporting simulations of the interactive sod, CRL did an Olympics program, even Automata put the Piman through the wringer. There's Stickman Olympics from Avalon and Athlete by Buffer Micro. All of them have been aiming at the popular arcade version which has the player thumping hell out of the machine (usually cracking the front glass in frustration after losing!), but this is the one that really matches up, and deserves a good placing beside Psion's Match Point.
There are eleven events to be entered into from the main menu, five of which come under one key press for running events. These include the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 metres. The three throwing events are Javelin, Discus and Hammer; and then there's the long and high jump and the pole vault. In each event you can compare your result with current world records.
Each event takes place against the computer with the computer (ME) going first and you (YOU) going second, although in the running events you compete simultaneously of course. Most events require the use of three keys, all of which can be user-defined at the start of each event. Running is accomplished, as in the arcade version, by hitting a left and right key as fast as possible. There is a book on Spectrum programming written specially for very young children which in its first chapter tells the child how to take care of the computer, pointing out that thumping the keys, the way those silly games players do, is bound to ruin Spectrum'. Needless to say, Micro Olympics is Database's subversive way of attempting to destroy everyone's Spectrum so you'll go out and buy a Beeb next time around!