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Atari STACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
All four acts are beautifully portrayed, with pleasant static graphics, smooth scrolling and reasonable animation. Its downfall comes in lasting interest: once all four events, and a paltry four at that, have been mastered to any degree, the urge to return is quashed. And the over-inflated price tag is a major hurdle, too.
Atari STThe One
Tynesoft has tried to emulate some of the control modes used in the Epyx series (the track riding bears a similarity to the Snow Skating events in Winter Games) but it hasn't come off. Those with the patience to persevere will derive some enjoyment from Circus Games, but for me, there is not enough fun to be had to warrant the asking price.
Atari STPower Play
Ja, die Grafik ist wirklich hübsch. Ja, mehrere Spieler können zu einem Wettkampf antreten. Ja, die Zirkusidee ist nett. Nein, ich verspüre nicht das Verlangen, dieses Programm wieder zu spielen. Circus Games fehlt einfach der rechte Pep. Bei jeder Disziplin lernt man brav die Steuerung auswendig, gibt dann sein Bestes bei den Geschicklichkeitstests im Zirkuskleid und stellt fest, daß sie auf Dauer nicht so recht fesseln.
An unusual and highly original idea let down by its very disappointing execution.
If you’ve 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 Tynesoft’s Summer and Winter Olympiad cut your losses ‘cos this isn’t 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.