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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!
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.
In Putt-Putt Joins the Circus, you lead the likable little auto on a journey around the tents and rings while playing arcadelike games, listening to Putt-Putt talk to other characters, and watching him gather items to help B.J. Sweeny, the circus owner, get his performers ready for opening night. This fun game enhances memory skills and encourages problem solving.
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.