Circus Circus

• Publisher: Firebird Software
• Developer:
As above
Release Date: 1985
Code: Stuart A. Cook

GFX: Stuart A. Cook
Music: Stuart A. Cook

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 28%
Our Game Rating: 55%


FILE: circuscircusend.zip


> CIRCUS CIRCUS by Firebird Software

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Circus Circus by Firebird is a game that I had to complete. I owned the game as a kid and found it very creepy. The loading screen shows some cloaked character welcoming you to the bizarre circus in which there are twenty difficult levels full of freaky characters. The music is very irritating and whenever I hear it today it sends shivers down my spine. I can't really explain why I found this game so creepy and to my surprise I have read online that many other C64 gamers felt the same way about it. The game is a very simple platform game, which is very difficult to beat. There are no backgrounds as such and the sprites are chunky and badly animated. The control method is very poor which makes the game almost impossible to beat without cheating. I always wondered if there was an ending to this game, and only later found out that there is a simple cheat method in the game which allows you to skip levels. I can't really recommend this game to anyone as there's nothing about it that is enjoyable. Stay away from it. It's way too creepy.

Sorry - come again?

Oooo... stars!

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Using a bizarre cheat mode. Holding down CTRL, RUN-STOP, SHIFT and CBM KEY skips levels.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: At the end of level twenty, you get a congratulations message. It reads 'CONGRATULATIONS CIRCUS PLAYER LAST BOARD RESTART AT LEVEL 2'. It needed a bit of punctuation if you ask me as it made very little sense. The game then restarts at level 2 (I have no idea why). If you complete the game again, the same thing happens. It's all a bit odd.


  • Neil: I didn't think the end would be up to much. At least it's a bit weird which suits the whole theme of this game. At long last, I can forget about Circus Circus.

  • Vinny: Okay - I admit it too: I was scared of the loading screen. That creepy, cloaked figure standing by the circus tent beckoning you to come closer was just too much for me!

    The game is seriously basic and as for the tune... how irritating can it get?! I do like the inclusion of the Firebird logo, which I also appreciated seeing in other Firebird games - a nice touch.

    And so we come to the ending... hmmmm... I didn't really expect much more than that. I'd be inclined to give it 1/10.

  • Brendan Phoenix: Awful ending, but there is just something about these old cheapo titles likes these from Firebird and Mastertronic. Some of them did have a good creepy quality to them (thinking The Captive here).

  • Andy Vaisey: The only scary thing here is the ending. Scary that they thought they'd get away with it...

  • Andrew Fisher: You'd need a whole heap of sawdust to cover up this dung pile of an ending...

FINAL SAY: A poor ending. As expected.

G.E. RATING: 2 / 10

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