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Tynesoft, C64 £9.95 cassette, £14.99 disk; Amiga £24.95

Circus games L -l-l-l-adies and genírímen, roll up, roll up for the Ringling Brothers circus - the grrreatest show on earth. Step right up, step right up! You sir, in the ZZAP! T-shirt, the one with the bright red hair Ė you, and up to three of your friends. Right this way, right this way.

Feeling fit today are we, sir? Ready for anything? Right then, hereís your special participatorís ticket Ė if youíll just move this way now ladies and genírímen, youíll see this gentleman here take part in four circus tricks for the very first time in his life. A big hand for the competitor. Thank you very much.

And tonightís dangerous, hair-raising events are: the tightrope, trick horse riding, trapeze and, a big hand for this one, most dangerous of all, putting life and limb right in the path of death Ė tiger training.
Step right this way, ladies and genírímen. Come to the circusÖ the greatest show on earth.
Sorry sir, no fat people and no dogsÖ

Zzap, Issue 47, March 1989, p.83

Kati If youíve stepped up to take a look at this, the best thing you could possibly do is step right down again. If you were expecting something up to the standard of Tynesoftís Summer and Winter Olympiad cut your losses Ďcos this isnít it. Apart from the trapeze, which is quite fun, the events are boring, difficult to control and as playable as a broken ukulele. If you really want a fun night out at the circus, save your money when the real thing comes to town.

Gordo Tarantantara tarantanta-ra. I think the circus is great (Iím talking Charlie Caroliís greatest fan) so when I heard that this was coming out, I was weelly, weelly pleased. Well, youíve got to admit Ė it was a good idea. Itís just a pity that the final product hasnít come off. On both formats, all the events are far too difficult and the really illogical control method just makes things worse. By the time youíve waited for the multiload on the 64 version (which is slightly more playable, by the way) or spent a couple of hours swapping Amiga disks, youíll probably be quite happy to throw this in the ring Ė and leave it there.

Thing: You know wot they say about the circus? No? Neither do I!
64   AMIGA
70% PRESENTATION 70%
Up to four player tournament option, plus end of game fanfare, chance to practise events and slick links in between events. The 64 multiload, however, is very slow and thereís a lot of tedious disk swapping on the Amiga version.
69% GRAPHICS 79%
Colourful and well-defined on both formats; thereís a bit more attention to detail on the Amiga.
80% SOUND 75%
A whole medley of silly, atmospheric title and in-game circus tunes, interspersed with the odd sound effect.
69% HOOKABILITY 69%
Difficult control methods undermine the initial novelty value.
42% LASTABILITY 39%
Itís hard to play, tedious to load and not particularly addictive.
41% OVERALL 39%
An unusual and highly original idea let down by its very disappointing execution.

 

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