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

P.T. Barnum's Acrobats! Odyssey 2 Front Cover
Front cover for P.T. Barnum's Acrobats!
Circus Atari Atari 2600 Front Cover
Front cover for Circus Atari
Clowns & Balloons Atari 8-bit Front Cover
Front cover for Clowns & Balloons
Alien Hominid J2ME Front Cover
Front cover for Alien Hominid

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from P.T. Barnum's Acrobats!
Brickyard features four different difficulties
Screenshot from Brickyard / Clowns
The game demo mode
Screenshot from Circus Atari
Title/Credits screen
Screenshot from Clowns & Balloons
Screenshot from Circus
Game group created by Игги Друге (44998), additional games added to group by Patrick Bregger (165719), Michael Cassidy (17997) and vedder (21760)