The game opens with the familiar tunes of Louie Louie being played. Upon hitting a button, you are asked to select a team to represent, and you start playing through four challenges. You can challenge up to eight friends, with everyone taking turns on the joystick. The four games are half-pipe skating, surfing, footbag and BMX. All of the games are varied, and they each look and play great. My favorite event is BMX, although footbag is a close second.
The graphics in this game are incredible. They are easily among the best graphics on the 2600, if not _the_ best graphics on it. The sound is great. The only music is Louie Louie, but that sounds awesome. The sound effects are perfect, and you will be amazed at how much this game offers. Control takes a little getting used to for most of the events, but within a little while you'll be shredding with the best of them.
The only problem that I have with this game is that you can't play one event by itself. I don't much care for half-pipe or surfing, but if I want to do the BMX race I have to play through them. This is okay when you are playing with a group who all like varied events, but when you are playing it alone, playing the events you aren't very good at isn't very fun.
Overall, that's a small issue with an otherwise incredible game. Get
this game, California Games!