Lost In Translation/Circus

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Circus
No screen shot.
Circus control panel.
Manufacturer Exidy
Released 1977
Control
Method
Paddle
Main CPU M6502 (@ 705.562 kHz)
Sound CPU Mono
Discrete components
Video
Details
Raster (Horizontal)
248 x 256 pixels
57.00 Hz
2 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 13 ROMs
6,656 bytes (6.50 KiB)
MAME ID circus · circusse

About The Game

POP! POP! POP! Pop the balloons and score points. A wall of yellow, green and blue balloons will appear at the top of the screen. You must pop balloons by catching a clown on the teeter-totter and bouncing him up to the balloons.

Technical

Circus came in an upright dedicated cabinet, and may have also been available in a cocktail configuration as well. Circus machines had white sides with red painted sideart of several balloons in flight. The front of the machine was decorated with a large ornate monitor bezel that also doubled as a marquee (or nameplate), this bezel showed several clowns in a circus scene and had the game title spelled out with multicolored balloons. The control panel was unadorned, save for an analog spinner and a start button. The whole machine was finished off in black t-molding. Once inside the machine, you can see that it uses a black and white monitor with a colored overlay (to make the balloons have color).

Trivia

Circus was one of the first games produced by Exidy that used a CPU (6502) to control the game logic instead of hand-crafted hard-coded logic circuits.

At least 13,000 units, possibly as many as 20,000, were produced.

A bootleg was made by Sub-Electro.

Scoring

  • Successful jump : 10 points
  • Popping Yellow Balloon : 20 points
  • Popping Green Balloon : 50 points
  • Popping Blue Balloon : 100 points
  • Bonus for Clearing Yellow Balloon Row : 200 points
  • Bonus for Clearing Green Balloon Row : 500 points
  • Bonus for Clearing Blue Balloon Row : 1,000 points plus free jump

Staff

Designed And Programmed By
Edward Valeau
Howell Ivey

Cabinet and Artwork

Ports

Consoles 
Atari 2600 (1978)
Computers 
VTech Laser-VZ
Tandy Color Computer (1982, "Clowns & Balloons")
Commodore C64
Commodore Vic-20

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Classic in Game Music - Legend Compilation Series SCDC-00463[1] 2005-09-21 Scitron Discs CD version.
Yellow Magic Orchestra ALR-6012[2] 1978-11-25 Alfa Records Vinyl version.
Yellow Magic Orchestra ALR-6020[3] 1979-07-25 Alfa Records Vinyl version.
Yellow Magic Orchestra SP 736[4] 1979-05-30 Horizon Vinyl version.
Yellow Magic Orchestra ALCA-286[5] 1992-03-21 Alfa Records CD version.
Yellow Magic Orchestra MHCL-203[6] 2003-01-22 Sony Music House CD version.
Yellow Magic Orchestra ALCA-5214[7] 1998-01-15 Alfa Records CD version.
Yellow Magic Orchestra 32XA138[8] 1987-03-25 Alfa Records CD version.
Yellow Magic Orchestra MHCL-204[9] 2003-01-22 Sony Music House CD version.
Yellow Magic Orchestra ALCA-9037[10] 1994-06-29 Alfa Records CD version.
Yellow Magic Orchestra TOCT-24233[11] 1999-09-22 Toshiba EMI CD version.
Yellow Magic Orchestra ALC-1511[12] 1978-11-25 Alfa Records Cassette version.

References

The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.