This version of Super Circus AtariAge requires that you send us a POKEY chip or Ballblazer cartridge before we ship your order!
Please read all the details below.
Big Doings Under The Big Top!
How good are your reflexes? As the clown bounces around in the different directions, you try to catch him on the teeter-totter. Send him up to the top of the big top to pop red, yellow, and blue balloons worth different points. The harder the "pop", the more you score!
Score as many points as possible by breaking all of the balloons, catching all of the power-up balloons that occasionally drop from a popped balloon, beating the 'boss balloon', and catching one of the bonus items that periodically float across the screen.
Catch your clown on the high end of your teeter-totter (located at the bottom of the screen), so that the clown on the opposite end gets flung into the air! Catching your clown on the outmost edge of the teeter-totter causes him to fly higher.
You have three rows of balloons at the top of the screen; each a different color and each moving at a different velocity. There are also two sets of bumpers that will bounce your clown in different directions when hit. You start the game with three reserve clowns. Each time you miss catching a clown with your teeter-totter (or land a clown on top of the other), you lose a reserve clown. If you lose all of your reserve clowns, your game is over.
- 2 Game Modes
- 1 or 2 Players, alternating or simultaneous
- 3 Difficulty Settings
- Joystick and Paddles supported
- 8 different Power-Ups
Super Circus AtariAge uses an on-board Atari POKEY chip for sound effects and music. Unfortunately, the POKEY is a custom chip produced by Atari. This means that the only POKEY chips in existence are those that were manufactured for Atari 8-bit computers (400/800, 800XL, 130XE, etc.), the Atari 5200, certain Atari arcade games, and the two Atari 7800 games Ballblazer and Commando. There are very few sources of new, unused POKEY chips. Many are removed from Ballblazer carts, as they are relatively common. These chips have not been produced in 30 years!
This means that we do not have many POKEY chips. If you want a copy of Super Circus AtariAge, you'll need to either send us a POKEY chip or send us a Ballblazer cartridge and we will remove the POKEY chip. The price of the game is discounted to reflect that you'll be sending us a POKEY.
You may be thinking, "But the price is still $55!" Copies of the game with a POKEY chip (when we have them) are $65. The boards for Super Circus AtariAge (and Bentley Bear's Crystal Quest) are larger and more complex than those typically used for 7800 games. They require more parts and they take longer to solder. If you send us a Ballblazer cartridge, we have to desolder the POKEY chip, and there's always the possibility that the POKEY will not work after it's been removed (although we try to be very careful when removing it!). With Ballblazer carts, we can reuse Atari's circuit board, but that still requires desoldering parts and soldering on new parts. Overall it's a more involved, expensive, and time consuming process than it is for non-POKEY games.
If you have a source of POKEY chips or Ballblazer carts, please contact us if you'd like to sell or trade them to us.
How to Get Your Copy of Super Circus AtariAge
To get your copy of Super Circus AtariAge, do the following:
- Add the game to your shopping cart (along with anything else you want to purchase) and checkout normally.
- We'll send you an email with instructions on how to send us a POKEY or Ballblazer cartridge.
- Once we receive the chip or cartridge, we'll test it to make sure it's working.
- We'll then make your Super Circus AtariAge game and ship it to you!
- If we do NOT receive your POKEY chip or Ballblazer cartridge within 30 days, we will cancel your order and refund your payment.
- If you order other items with Super Circus AtariAge, everything will ship together!
If you have any questions about the above process, please contact us.
Super Circus AtariAge includes a box, game cartridge, and a full-color, 4-page manual. Super Circus AtariAge is available in NTSC and PAL television formats. Please choose above (if you don't make a selection, you will receive the NTSC version by default).
|Number of Players||1 - 2|
|Controller||Joysticks or Paddle Controllers|
|Code and Design||Bob DeCrescenzo|