Circus / Clowns variants
Group DescriptionOriginally developed by Exidy in 1977-78, Circus was a logical progress from the then-popular Breakout-style games.
The objective of the original Circus was to move a seesaw at the bottom of the screen on which two clowns were bouncing, trying to bounce the clowns to pop balloons at the top of the screen while not letting the clowns fall to the ground and die. Exidy's game was licensed by Midway in 1978 as Clowns, thereby gaining even more recognition and was cloned by most manufacturers of the time, not to mention being ported to a lot of home formats.
Front cover for Circus Atari
Front cover for P.T. Barnum's Acrobats!
Screenshot from Clowns & Balloons
Screenshot from Circus Atari
Screenshot from Acrobat II
Screenshot from Clowns
Screenshot from Alien Hominid