DescriptionChaos at the Carnival is a collection of six arcade mini-games.
Miss Piggy has been "pignapped" by the sinister Dr. Grump; her Muppet friends come to the rescue. Kermit, Gonzo, Fozzie and three other characters from the children's TV show dash into Grump's mysterious fun fair in search for their pink companion. They must brave five rides in succession in order to take on the Grumpasaurus in the final carnival confrontation.
- Tunnel of Love: Avoid objects in the waterway
- Duck Hunt: Hit passing ducks with tomatoes
- Space Ride: Land a spaceship in the correct dock using rocket blasts
- Bumper Cars: Race around the track and avoid crashing into obstacles
- Funhouse: Find a way through a small maze filled with guard dogs
- Battle of the Grumpasaurus: Tickle the Grumpasaurus so that he laughs himself silly
The versions for the four platforms differ strongly; see the trivia section for details.
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TriviaChaos at the Carnival was released for four platforms: MS-DOS, C-64, Apple II (all 1989) and NES (1990). The versions differ significantly.
The DOS version is likely the original rendition, though also the worst. Controls are cumbersome, games filled with randomness that cannot be countered with skill. Players get several retries per game.
C-64 and Apple II mimic the DOS version in terms of graphics and sound, gameplay sees some changes (see screenshots). There’s less randomness, but general time limits and no retries. Both version replace the Funhouse maze with an easy puzzle game in which players sort pieces to form a Kermit picture. There are no opponents in Bumper Cars, but the course is more challenging. There are no meteors in Space Ride.
The NES port was released one year later, in 1990, and is the most advanced of the bunch, both in technology and in gameplay. Which doesn’t mean much. The NES version drops the duck shooting game and greatly alters the remaining games (see screenshots). Time limits have been removed and a health system added; players get ten lives. Players may not choose a muppet prior to each level. Two player support is gone.
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