Putt-Putt Joins the Circus (Windows)

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
Effectiveness How effective the educational game is when it comes to teaching (does the player actually learn anything, etc.) 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall User Score (3 votes) 3.8

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To find the five acts that need help, players direct Putt-Putt as he searches the three rings of the Big Top, the animal tent, and the surrounding trailer area. There are about 40 hand-painted scenes in all. Whenever Putt-Putt finds one of the main acts, he talks with the performers to understand their individual problems. Buoyed up with this knowledge, Putt-Putt searches to find a way to aid the act. Children help Putt-Putt to problem-solve and, in the process, learn a lot about logic!
Review Corner (Jul, 2000)
Unlike some other Putt-Putt titles, the adventure is basically the same each time through (though there are some random elements like different ingredients for the power shake recipe). As such, the first time through will be the most challenging and educationally rewarding. Younger kids will likely play the adventure over and over again, but kids ages 6-8 won't likely do it more than once. A 6 year old tester completed the game in a couple of hours.
The program is very easy to follow and with the cartoon-like scenes and characters, younger children can easily follow the action. Generally, the puzzles are easy to solve but if you do run into a problem, other game characters are always available to lend a helping hand. With the easy to follow directions, even children at the low end of the intended age group can enjoy playing the game. Unfortunately, older children will probably find the puzzles less stimulating and may finish the game in a very short period of time. The music and sound effects are varied enough to keep kids interested and the backgrounds and graphics are generally very well done.