California Games is based on the real-life Extreme Games or extreme sports of the real world. You can select sponsors and also play events like footbag, rollerskating, frisbee, BMX, skateboarding etc., The events get ranked by the judges and the ranks that you get determines your final score. This game is based on the extreme sports that were popular during the 80's. So the game is set in the 80 with a number of humorous touches to the game that will make you enjoy the game more. The game uses the fun and funky lingo that was popular in the 80's to make the game more interesting.
California Games has especially good graphics, sound effects, and animation. The game has such a good gameplay that it has become a classic among players. Every event, should you choose to play it, is very different and require you to master it differently. This is a great game to play with partners, families, and friends as the game allows a multiplayer option. As many as nine players can play at a time.
Additionally, if you beat a preset high score, you get to win a prize like a Footbag or a Bike, a golden BMX or a board etc., when you have these items, competing in the respective sport will give you an edge over the others. This feature helps make the solo mode of the game as fun and exciting as the multiplayer mode.
Automated Simulations was co-founded by Jon Freeman and Jim Conelley. The company was more of a strategy game developer and publisher at the time, going by the Company motto "Computer Games Thinkers Play." Most of their products were developed for Computers, most importantly the Apple II computer. In 1981, the company was much larger and "office politics" drove Jon Freeman out of the company, and he left to found Free Fall Associates with his wife, Anne Westfall. It was at this time that Jim Conelley also left and started his own company, The Conelley Group which was more of a game developing company, and they let Epyx publish the games they developed.