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Jim Henson's Muppet Adventure No. 1: "Chaos at the Carnival" (NES)

Jim Henson's Muppet Adventure No. 1: "Chaos at the Carnival" NES Title screen.

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Description

Chaos 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 C-64, Apple II and DOS versions of Chaos at the Carnival support two players, taking turns.

The versions for the four platforms differ strongly; see the trivia section for details.

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Jim Henson's Muppet Adventure No. 1: "Chaos at the Carnival" NES Amazing Maze: Walk around obstacles (and collect extras).
Jim Henson's Muppet Adventure No. 1: "Chaos at the Carnival" NES Finished a level.
Jim Henson's Muppet Adventure No. 1: "Chaos at the Carnival" NES River Raid: Paddle around obstacles (and collect extras).
Jim Henson's Muppet Adventure No. 1: "Chaos at the Carnival" NES Space Ride: Rocket around obstacles (and collect extras).

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Random Access 2005 3.1 out of 10 31
NES Archives Jun 10, 2002 D 25
Defunct Games Apr 06, 2012 D 25
GameCola.net Jun, 2004 1.2 out of 10 12

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Trivia

Sequel

Chaos at the Carnival is the Muppet Adventure No. 1, indicating that it was supposed to be the first installment of a series. It remains the sole episode, since no sequel followed.

Version differences

Chaos 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. 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. 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.
-Chris (7365) added Jim Henson's Muppet Adventure No. 1: "Chaos at the Carnival" (NES) on Jun 05, 2005
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