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Ballyhoo is a mystery text adventure in which you play a disillusioned circus goer who decides to help find the owner's kidnapped daughter.

Gameplay involves searching for clues in the circus arena, the tents and other back areas trying to locate the girl. The game features a "Standard" difficulty level.

The original Commodore 64 Grey Box Contents included:
  • The Traveling Circus That Time Forgot Inc. Official Souvenir Program
  • Circus Ticket (Sec.24 Row AA Seat 4)
  • Purple Circus Balloon
  • Advertising Card for Dr. Nostrum's Wondrous Curative


Ballyhoo Macintosh Climb down
Ballyhoo Macintosh Exploring the Circus
Ballyhoo Atari ST Crossing the tightrope
Ballyhoo Apple II Starting location

Promo Images

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Ballyhoo Other
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User Reviews

A disappointing entry in Infocom's lineup. DOS Skeet (6)

Critic Reviews

Your Computer Atari 8-bit Jul, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Your Computer Atari ST Jul, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Your Computer Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Popular Computing Weekly Commodore 64 Mar 06, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Amiga Format Amiga Nov, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 36 out of 40 90
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Jun, 1986 89 out of 100 89
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1986 88 out of 100 88
SPAG DOS Mar 02, 1995 7.3 out of 10 73
Techtite Apple II 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Copy protection

Copy protection for this game takes two forms. First you need to follow the instructions on the ticket included with the game in order to get past the turnstile. Later in the game you have to tune the radio to a specific station in order to calm an angry gorilla: Don't have the flyer for the radio station? Good luck.

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