Summer Athletics is a collection of seven simple minigames based on seven categories of events: running, jumping, swimming, throwing, cycling, archery, and high diving. Although there are a number of events within each category--the jumping category contains pole vault, long jump, triple jump, and high jump events, for instance--the differences in how the events in a category play out are relatively minor. You can jump right into any individual event or play through a prearranged or custom competition made up of any combination of events, with up to four players participating. The game also includes a career mode in which you create your own superathlete and take him or her through a series of competitions. There are a surprising number of options for customizing your athlete's appearance, but none of them have a significant effect. No matter how much you tinker with these options, your athlete will still end up looking like a plastic doll made from the same mold as all the other athletes in the game. Summer Athletics pretends at depth by making you spend points after each event to improve your athlete's attributes in career mode, but this just feels like busywork, because it's never clear what effect these attributes have on your performance.