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Charlie Chaplin is a unique game in which the player takes control of the world-famous comedian. As Charlie Chaplin the player has to star in films, which are much in the line of famous black-and-white masterpieces. After a scene is filmed, the player is given the opportunity to edit it. Once every scene for the movie is filmed and edited, the player is allowed to film, star in and edit a much more expensive movie (i. e. expensive script, more props and extras).

To resemble a Charlie Chaplin movie the game is deliberately executed in a two-color palette.


Charlie Chaplin DOS Editing the upcoming title.
Charlie Chaplin ZX Spectrum Fighting it out with him
Charlie Chaplin ZX Spectrum Setting the scene
Charlie Chaplin ZX Spectrum Scene 2 - trouble on the way

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Alternate Titles

  • "Starring Charlie Chaplin" -- in-game title / cover title

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) DOS Aug, 1988 57 out of 100 57
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1988 52 out of 100 52
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1988 51 out of 100 51
Just Games Retro DOS Dec 28, 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1988 4 out of 10 40
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Jul, 1988 392 out of 1000 39
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Jul, 1988 3 out of 12 25
Power Play DOS Jul, 1988 1.5 out of 10 15


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Cancelled versions

Advertisements from before the game's release mentioned Commodore 64 and Atari ST versions, and included a screenshot of the ST version (which may have been a mock-up), but neither was ever released. Amiga was not mentioned.
Contributed to by Martin Smith (62904) and St. Martyne (3539)