Circus Charlie
My first exposure to this game was on a Nintendo Multicart.  I figured it was one of those games that was made for the Nintendo and had no idea that it was actually an arcade game.  Too bad as it is a really cool game!  

This is another game where you play the role of a clown.  This time you have to get around the circus without getting hurt.  The game is a side scroller and features a series of levels.  But unlike alot of the side scrollers, it is alot of fun and does have some different kind of gameplay.  

(That is either one brave or one stupid lion).

The first level has you riding the back of a lion as you jump through hoops of fire.  The tough part is the hoops are coming at you and you need to time your jump so that you don't land on the hoop as it would hurt the poor lion and that would not be good.  How they ever got a lion to let a clown ride on his back and jump through rings of fire is beyond me.  That is one incredible trainer!  But to make things harder, there are what looks like vases of fire on the ground.  So you have to time your jumps, so you don't hit these or else you will be burned to a crisp.

(Purple baboons?  What kind of whacked out circus is this?)

The second level has you on the high wire.  Not only are you on the high wire, but you appear to be roller skating.  You are no ordinary clown, you are super clown!  This time there are a band of angry baboons who are blocking your path.  You need to move along the high wire and jump over the dastardly beasts.  While it is usually pretty easy, as you skate over the dumb monkeys, but occasionally a very fast monkey comes rushing at you and you need to avoid this one along with the slower ones.  

The other levels are also just as varied, with Charlie riding a ball, a little horsie and other stuff.  One nice feature is at the beginning of the game, you can choose which level to play.  This way, you can see all of the levels without having to actually be really good.  All in all, this is a fun little game.  How can a game about the circus be anything but fun?  Now pass the cotton candy!

This is just a review of the arcade machine.  If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay.  Click below to see if you can find this game.



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