Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 25
  2. Negative: 18 out of 25
  1. 70
    In achieving immediate accessibility, the game has lost a lot of its depth, meaning you'll be racking up gold medals with little effort. [Apr 2006, p.91]
  2. You get a fairly standard sports game that doesnt harken to one person or another, its just the sports. Really at this price, its a good deal for the kids.
  3. Commentary will soon get on your tits. [Feb 2006, p.94]
  4. Increasing the difficulty rating doesn't really make them more challenging, just more frustrating.
  5. As for Torino 2006, I would look in the bargain bin for "International Winter Sports 2002" instead.
  6. There's a Jamaican bobsled team joke in here somewhere, but I'm too disappointed to figure it out. [Apr 2006, p.78]
  7. If any publisher wants success with Beijing 2008, they really have to start work on it now because as has been proven time and time again, rushing Olympic games does not work.
  8. With no opening or closing ceremonies, or otherwise flashy presentation, the game is as boring to look at as it is to play.
  9. Torino's biggest problem is just that it doesn't try very hard. When it does, like during the speed-skating or downhill skiing sections, you get some nice graphics and a solid framerate. It's just that whole gameplay thing is lacking.
  10. 44
    An essential failure in almost every way. At best it's a collection of rather boring events. At worst, putting the Olympic symbol on the box is a mockery of the games' excellent now bi-yearly presentation.
  11. There isn't a single feature, event, or option that ever rises above the very low bar of "half-assed." [Apr 2006, p.118]
  12. Huge sporting events don't translate well into video games, as the developer goes for quantity instead of quality, making it a sad button mashing affair.
  13. Only the most dedicated Olympics fan will find Torino 2006 worth its $20 asking price. [Apr 2006, p.74]
  14. It’s something you’ll play for a little while but you’ll soon realize that watching the real thing is far more exciting. It sounds better. It feels faster. And you’ll get to see the podium and hear the anthem of the victor’s nation.
  15. It's probably too much to ask that a single game capture all the nuances of a huge event like the Winter Olympics. But there isn't even the fun and spirit of gameplay that imbued the original "Track and Field," and that was on the Atari-bloody-2600! When a modern game is getting lapped by an 8-bit wonder, something is really rotten in... well, Torino isn't in Denmark, but you get the point
  16. The result in single-player mode is a messy, unresponsive mass of button-pushing and frantic joystick-twiddling that evolves from impossible to challenging to repetitive and dull in less than an hour.
  17. It's not as if the Olympics, be it summer or winter, has had anything special to call its own when it comes to video game adaptations over the years, but Torino 2006 is especially egregious in that it pares down the number of included events to a fairly measly number, manages to make every single one of them completely uninteresting, and skimps entirely on the presentation.
  18. 35
    The events are boring, the multiplayer is severely under exploited and the game is unlikely to last you more than an hour.
  19. This official "game of the Games", however, makes it about as exciting as lying in an empty bath and pretending it's the luge, or sticking your head in the freezer and singing Advance Australia Fair.
  20. 20
    It's being sold now for $20. In a week, when they are selling it for $4.99, it will still be overpriced.
  21. 20
    This is the most low-rent sports game this side of "NRA Varmint Hunter."
  22. 20
    As congenial as it is, there's absolutely nothing to enjoy in Torino 2006. The events are short and dull, the in-game commentary is dreadful and broken, and the atmosphere possesses the exhilaration of a Yanni concert.
  23. So wildly uninspired, so entirely rote in its design that it barely qualifies as decent merchandising even at its discounted $20 price. The GR judges give this one the finger.
  24. 15
    Your average cellphone game is more fun than any of these so-called "events."
  25. A game more excruciating than an evening of ice-dancing preliminaries.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. MattB.
    Mar 19, 2006
    C'm-on, it's really not as bad as the reviewers make it out to be! Sure it takes a few turns to get the controls figured out and C'm-on, it's really not as bad as the reviewers make it out to be! Sure it takes a few turns to get the controls figured out and there is a bit of button mashing on 1 or 2 events, but there is quite a bit of variety here and once you get the hang of it, it's great fun to get 4 of your mates together for a turn-based challenge! Not the best game available, but certainly decent value for mulitplayer fun. Full Review »
  2. TommyD.
    Mar 2, 2006
    is a very good game, nice graphic and nice play.
  3. JimmyD.
    Jan 30, 2006
    This could have been such a good game. The events are there, the controls are there, unfortunately the presentation is lacking in enthusiasm. This could have been such a good game. The events are there, the controls are there, unfortunately the presentation is lacking in enthusiasm. Waiting for a medal presentation to load without receiving any fanfare, lack of excitement by commentators, and NO replays...but I guess you get what you pay for...a bargain price makes it an okay timewaster while we wait for bigger and better games this year. Full Review »