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Circus / Clowns variants

Group Description

Originally 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.

Selected Covers

Circus Atari Atari 2600 Front Cover
Front cover for Circus Atari
P.T. Barnum's Acrobats! Odyssey 2 Front Cover
Front cover for P.T. Barnum's Acrobats!

Selected Screenshots

Instructions.
Screenshot from Circus
The game demo mode
Screenshot from Circus Atari
Instructions
Screenshot from Clowns
Title screen
Screenshot from Acrobat II
Title screen
Screenshot from Alien Hominid