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->''"Don't worry. You can always count on me!"''
-->-- '''Putt-Putt,''' ''Saves the Zoo''

''Putt-Putt'' is a series of [[PointAndClickMap point-and-click]] [[EdutainmentGame children's games]] developed by Creator/HumongousEntertainment. The series spans seven AdventureGames and five SpinOff Games.

Putt-Putt is a [[SentientVehicle talking purple car]], in a universe with other talking cars, [[TalkingAnimal talking animals]], and [[AnimateInanimateObject talking objects]]. The series follows the adventures of Putt-Putt and [[NonHumanSidekick his brown dog]] Pep, [[FurryConfusion who can't talk for some reason]]. Putt-Putt is a NiceGuy who'll help anyone in need with a [[PerpetualSmiler smile on his face]], no matter the current wacky situation he's gotten himself into (willingly or unwillingly). In fact, each game title [[SpoilerTitle tells you]] exactly what said wacky situation will be.

The AdventureGames, in order, are:
* ''Putt-Putt Joins the Parade''
* ''Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon''
* ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo''
* ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time''
* ''Putt-Putt Enters the Race''
* ''Putt-Putt Joins the Circus''
* ''Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise''

The SpinOff Games, in order, are:
* ''Putt-Putt's Fun Pack''
* ''Putt-Putt & VideoGame/FattyBear's Activity Pack''
* ''Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-o-Rama''
* ''Putt-Putt and Pep's Dog on a Stick''
* ''Putt-Putt's One-Stop Fun Shop''

The series also spawned multiple [[TieInNovel children's books]] (some unpublished), including ''Go, Go, Putt-Putt Go!'', ''On the Road With Putt-Putt'', ''Putt-Putt and Pep'', ''Putt-Putt Notebook'', ''Putt-Putt: Color and Activity Book'', ''Putt-Putt: Lost In Time'', ''Putt-Putt: Race Against the Clock'', ''Putt-Putt: The Great Pet Chase'', and ''Putt-Putt's Night Before Christmas'' (doubling as an AudioAdaptation). Additionally, the album ''Flabby Rode'' features an alternate version of the song "Welcome to the Zoo" from ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo''.

A demo version of every Putt-Putt adventure game can be [[https://www.scummvm.org/demos/#he downloaded]] from the [=ScummVM=] site. Full-length versions can be purchased on [[http://store.steampowered.com/sub/42719/ Steam]], [[https://itunes.apple.com/us/app-bundle/putt-putt-character-pack/id1029136703?mt=8 iTunes]], or [[https://play.google.com/store/search?q=putt-putt&c=apps&hl=en Google Play]].

NotToBeConfusedWith the famous miniature golf chain.
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!!Tropes in the ''PuttPutt'' series:
* AbsenteeActor: [[NonHumanSidekick Pep]] is absent from [[SpinOff Spin-Offs]] ''Fun Pack'' and its UpdatedRerelease ''Activity Pack''.
* AccidentalPun: ''Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise'' has an '''auto'''save feature.
* TheAhnold: Ivan the Semi-Strong Van in ''Joins the Circus'' sounds like Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: In ''Putt-Putt and Pep's Dog on a Stick'', tigers grab Pep and endlessly lick his face until Putt-Putt rescues him. If you wait long enough on the title screen, he does it even ''longer''.
* AllDesertsHaveCacti: TheWildWest in ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time'' and the TieInNovel ''Putt-Putt: Lost In Time'' are examples of this.
* AllFlyersAreBirds: Played literally in ''Travels Through Time'', where the [[PteroSoarer pterodactyl]] is perched on two legs, nesting in a tree, watching over its hatchlings, and feeding them ''worms''.
* AlternateContinuity: The TieInNovel ''Putt-Putt: Lost In Time'', a CompressedAdaptation of the game ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time''.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: They are cars, after all, and many come in brighter colors than your standard factory paint. Made better by the fact you can [[CharacterCustomization change]] Putt-Putt's color in all of the adventure games and in ''Balloon-o-Rama''.
* AnimateInanimateObject: Besides the [[SentientVehicle cars]] themselves, ''Travels Through Time's'' intro cutscene has a group of singing clocks named The Continuums who tell Putt-Putt not to be scared of TimeTravel. [[FridgeHorror Thanks, singing clocks!]]
* TheAnimeOfTheGame: Lancit Media Entertainment was to have created a WesternAnimation TV series and even movies! But no one knows why it never happened. They would've starred not only Putt-Putt, but other Creator/HumongousEntertainment characters Freddi Fish and Pajama Sam too. The [[http://articles.latimes.com/1997-03-26/business/fi-42340_1_tv-show last news of it]] was in 1997.
* AntiSneezeFinger: In ''Saves the Zoo'', Putt-Putt covers Pep's nose with an antenna in the middle of an avalanche zone. [[SneezeOfDoom Followed by Putt-Putt sneezing.]]
* ArtShift: ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'' completely changed from having pixelated DOS graphics to the type that resembles a cartoon, and all future games kept this style.
* AttractMode: Featured in ''Balloon-o-Rama''. %% What happens?
* AudioAdaptation: The TieInNovel ''Putt-Putt's Night Before Christmas'' came with a cassette tape of the same name.
* AustralianAccent: Outback Al from ''Saves the Zoo'' is your stereotypical Australian, "g'day mate" and all.
* AutoScrollingLevel: The entirety of "Bear Stormin'" in ''Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon'' and "Circus Stormin'" in ''Putt-Putt & VideoGame/FattyBear's Activity Pack'', where the flying character must move vertically to avoid obstacles.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Putt-Putt and Pep are somehow able to breathe on the moon. Pep is wearing a space helmet in space, but loses it on the moon.
* BigNo:
** In ''Goes to the Moon'', Mr. Firebird does one of these upon Pep leaping onto the "DO NOT TOUCH!" lever.
** In ''Travels Through Time'', Putt-Putt does one of these upon Pep getting sucked into the time machine.
* BigRedButton: ''Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon'' features a big red lever, which is how he... [[CaptainObvious goes to the moon]].
* BirthdayEpisode: ''Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise'' is all about Putt-Putt preparing for [[NonHumanSidekick Pep's]] birthday.
* BitingTheHandHumor: A billboard in ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'' has a slide that reads "Shameless Humongous Entertainment self promotion to be placed here."
* TheBigRace: In ''Putt-Putt Enters the Race'', he spends the entire game preparing for the race. Funnily enough, the race itself is only a few minutes of the game.
* BlandNameProduct: Carbucks Coffee in ''Pep's Birthday Surprise''. The employees are [[PunnyName caristas]].
* BrandX:
** Tire-O's cereal in ''Putt-Putt Joins the Parade''.
** Cheese Squigglies in ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo''.
---> '''Putt-Putt''': "I love Cheese Squigglies!"
* BreakingOut: SpinOff ''Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-o-Rama'' is a block-breaking game. Or rather, balloon-popping.
* {{Cameo}}: In ''Saves the Zoo'', clicking on the radio enough times allows you to hear a show talking about the opening of the zoo. One of the call-in guests is VideoGame/BuzzyTheKnowledgeBug, asking if it would be a good idea to take a Junior Field Trip to the zoo.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Putt-Putt creates the stories in ''One-Stop Fun Shop'''s storytime coloring book, so the five stories are most likely not canon.
* CanonForeigner: These characters weren't in the games:
** From the TieInNovel ''Putt-Putt: The Great Pet Chase'', Smokey's pet Dalmatian puppy Sparky, Putt-Putt's friend Ruby, Ruby's pet kitten Fuzzy, and some of the wildlife near Putt-Putt's hous.
** From the TieInNovel ''Putt-Putt: Lost In Time'', [[RobotDog robotic dog]] Winks and the mountain lion.
* CatchPhrase: Putt-Putt's "Wowie zowie!" and "Hot ziggity!"
* CharacterCustomization: In every game, Putt-Putt can change his [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation paint color]], sometimes free of charge. No one ever notices except for Smokey in the first game ''Putt-Putt Joins the Parade'', not even to pay him a compliment.
* ChristmasEpisode: The TieInNovel / AudioAdaptation ''Putt-Putt's Night Before Christmas'', in which Putt-Putt and Pep [[SavingChristmas save Christmas]].
* CircusEpisode: In ''Putt-Putt Joins the Circus'', Putt-Putt goes to watch a circus show but ends up having to help the problem-ridden performers instead. Putt-Putt [[SpoilerTitle joins the circus]] act at the end, believe it or not.
* CompressedAdaptation: The AlternateContinuity TieInNovel ''Putt-Putt: Lost In Time'', based on the game ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time''.
* ConspicuousCG: ''Putt-Putt Enters the Race'' features a completely CG-produced race track, with the racers, the birds, and Redline Rick being the only non-CG produced things. Even the crowd is CG-produced.
* ContinuityNod: In ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time'', there is a crossed-out sign at the beginning of the game that says Fireworks Factory on the way to Firebird's lab, referencing his fireworks mishap in ''Goes to the Moon''.
* CrateExpectations: Levels 51-60 of ''Dog on a Stick'' are set in a crate factory.
* {{Crossover}}: MinigameGame ''Putt-Putt & VideoGame/FattyBear's Activity Pack'' is the only Humongous game to go further than simple [[TheCameo cameos]].
* CueTheSun: Every game except for ''Goes to the Moon'' and ''Saves the Zoo'' starts off with a [[TheFaceOfTheSun smiling]] sun, rising for Putt-Putt's great morning. That is, great unless he's headed to [[ReluctantMadScientist Firebird's]].
* CutesyNameTown: Putt-Putt hails from Cartown, whose residents are all {{Sentient Vehicle}}s.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'' changed the "skip cutscenes" key from Escape to Enter (with Escape now functioning as an additional way to show or hide the Main Menu Bar), making the possibility to skip cutscenes not obvious.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In ''Dog on a Stick'', [[NonHumanSidekick Pep]], not Putt-Putt, is the sole playable character.
* DependingOnTheArtist:
** Mr. Fenderbender got a minor redesign and a new paint job in ''Enters the Race''.
** Marvin the Marvelous and Chuck Wagon were redesigned in ''Pep's Birthday Surprise''.
* DevelopersForesight: In ''Enters the Race'', there is a chance that a small shed will be on fire, with a pay phone conveniently right next to it. The idea was a subtle [[AnAesop Aesop]] about how dialing 911 is the first thing you should do in such a situation, but a player might easily think to just go and talk to Smokey about it. If you do, he'll turn out to be out to lunch, with a note on his door essentially telling the player exactly what to do "in case of fire."
* DisembodiedEyebrows: Putt-Putt's eyebrows always float.
* DownloadableContent: ''Putt-Putt's One-Stop Fun Shop'' had additional art that could be downloaded from Humongous' website.
* DubNameChange: The [[SameLanguageDub UK version]] of ''Putt-Putt Enters the Race'' altered several character names:
** Smokey is known as Bernie.
** Betsy Bulldozer is known as Bella Bulldozer.
** Mr. Fenderbender is known as Mr. Bumperthumper.
** Chuck is known as Tony.
* DummiedOut: Each game has [[https://tcrf.net/Category:Putt-Putt_series quite a few]], usually accessed by messing around with the INI files in the game. From unused clickpoints and {{Creator In Joke}}s to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar scenes clearly made to blow off steam.]]
* EasterEgg: In ''Enters the Race'', clicking on the green car at the speedway while holding SHIFT skips to the race.
* EdutainmentGame: These are children's games, after all. But Creator/HumongousEntertainment goes for a different approach, rather than forcing kids to solve math and learn spelling, they've claimed to [[ViewersAreGeniuses trust that children can use]] problem-solving skills and memory to help Putt-Putt puzzle through his adventures. There are however hundreds of clickable-caused animations [[ViewersAreMorons for the youngest kids.]]
* EverybodyDoTheEndlessLoop: The dancing penguins in ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo''. You can even change their dance cycles. Putt-Putt and Pep also join in after the music has been playing for ten seconds, Pep doing a "swimming" dance. [[LamePunReaction Doggie paddle?]]
* EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture: According to ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time'', in the future we can teleport, have very high-tech battery makers, make our own books, make food for any animal of any sort, and things like [[NoPaperFuture newspaper]] are ancient artifacts.
* ExpandedUniverse: The [[TieInNovel Tie-In Novels]] and AudioAdaptation have {{Canon Foreigner}}s and GeographicFlexibility.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Pep, especially in ''Dog on a Stick''. %% Why?
* TheFaceOfTheSun: Every Putt-Putt game except ''Saves the Zoo'' begins with a smiling sun. Usually made complete with chirping birds and happy flowers.
* FanOfThePast: In ''Travels Through Time'', there's a museum dedicated to anything at all from the past, ranging from dinosaur fossils to Putt-Putt's lunchbox.
* FirstPersonSnapshooter: In ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'', Putt-Putt receives a camera and can snap any animals. It's completely optional and has no effect on gameplay.
* FishEyes: In ''Dog on a Stick'', Putt-Putt often has these.
* FloatingContinent: ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time'' has a floating town in TheFuture.
* FlyingCar: Miss Electra from ''Travels Through Time'' is this, and also the only vehicular citizen of TheFuture Putt-Putt arrives at.
* FurryConfusion:
** [[NonHumanSidekick Pep]] can't talk, not even in ''Saves the Zoo'' or ''Joins the Circus'', where every other animal can talk.
** In ''Enters the Race'', two car characters have pets, a cat and a dog. They can't talk, despite being in the same game that has a pair of talking squirrels who tell each other jokes.
** SantaClaus' sleigh from the TieInNovel / AudioAdaptation ''Putt-Putt's Night Before Christmas'' is not a SentientVehicle.
* GameBreakingBug: In the 1999 version of ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'', if you are on the raft and click on the land (without going somewhere else) and skip it while Putt-Putt is talking, the raft disappears and you have no way of getting it back. And you can't have lowered the drawbridge beforehand--unless you immediately skip the animation, in which case the glitch doesn't happen for some reason. The saddest part is that ''this wasn't even in the original 1995 version.'' The [=iOS=] port worked around it by [[ObviousRulePatch making this scene impossible to skip.]]
* GameWithinAGame: Arcade machines for "Bear Stormin'" in ''Goes to the Moon'', and for "Squoosh" in ''Travels Through Time''.
* GeographicFlexibility: All games that take place in Cartown change the design each time.
* GuideDangIt:
** The digging minigame in ''Putt-Putt Enters the Race'' only seems like a LuckBasedMission, to the avail of many {{Website/YouTube}}rs. Instead of just spamming holes, you're supposed to [[spoiler:listen to Ralphie's barks]].
** In ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time'', there are two puzzles that require Putt-Putt to pay a nickel: buying a suit of armor and buying a newspaper. You're only allowed to carry one nickel at a time, so if both of these puzzles appear, you have to purchase something with the nickel you have before Toby will let you earn another one. It's never made obvious that Toby will give you more than one nickel.
* HairTriggerAvalanche: In ''Saves the Zoo's'' Arcticland, Putt-Putt warns Pep not to make loud noises in fear of avalanche, and uses an AntiSneezeFinger (or antenna) on him. Promptly after, [[SneezeOfDoom Putt-Putt sneezes]] and avalanche ensues.
* HelicopterPack: Putt-Putt's propeller attachment from both ''Activity Pack's'' "Circus Stormin'" and ''Dog on a Stick''.
* HollerButton:
** In ''Joins the Parade'', clicking Putt-Putt's horn will honk at a cow or flock of birds to move out of the way, and honk for help after he runs over some nails. Clicking his radio will play music for a mouse marching band to march out of the way.
** In ''Goes to the Moon'', clicking Putt-Putt's horn will honk for help after he falls in some moon goo.
* IdiosyncraticWipes: The ending of ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'' does this once, using an image of Pep's head.
* JustAStupidAccent: GratuitousItalian Mr. Baldini.
* KingOfBeasts: The lion and lioness in ''Saves the Zoo'' sport crowns and have regal-sounding voices. Same goes for Reginald the Lion from ''Joins the Circus''.
* KleptomaniacHero: If Putt-Putt has never come across the nails on Red Street, he simply exclaims "So this is where I left my magnet!" and takes it. If he has, though, the toy store owner reveals that Putt-Putt [[HintSystem left his magnet at the toy store a week ago]].
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=HWa-uInYZtY#t=111s Levels 91-100 level end fanfare]] of ''Balloon-o-Rama'' does this. %% Describe "this"?
* LevelEditor: ''Balloon-o-Rama'' and ''Dog on a Stick''. %% Explain more?
* LivingToys: In ''Joins the Parade'', located in a small box in the toy shop is a group of joke-and-riddle-telling [[TalkingAnimal animal]] toys.
* LongSongShortScene:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB5TpsG78tc The music for blasting off into outer space]] in ''Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon''. More than a quarter of it is unheard in-game.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VshAqbRtn4w Rover's story]] from the same game. It's cut off halfway through.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElmRJ4Wtkig Land selection]] in ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'' mostly gets drowned out from the waterfalls in the background. It also only plays on one screen, so the only way to hear it in full is to stand there the whole time.
** ''Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-o-Rama'' has this for just about every song. Every level is usually finished before it ends up until 101-110. But it is possible to listen to the music by waiting before launching Pep.
* LostInTranslation:
** Due to the fact that the first two games had [[NoExportForYou few translations]], a lot of the {{Continuity Nod}}s and {{Call Back}}s were lost when the other games were translated. The DOS game coding was very complex by comparison of later games, so most companies didn't bother with them.
** In the UK English SameLanguageDub of ''Joins the Circus'', during the "Animals in the Circus" musical number, there's a set of lines that originally rhymed "cotton candy" with "spaghetti". "Cotton candy" was changed to "candy floss" and left alone, leaving a stanza that doesn't rhyme!
* MacroZone: ''Dog on a Stick'''s DummiedOut kitchen level environment.
* MadLibsDialogue: Inserted dialogue happens most often when observing variable items.
** In ''Joins the Parade'', "I have...four...coins."
** In ''Goes to the Moon'', "I have...nine...moon crystals."
* TheManInTheMoon:
** Played literally in ''Goes to the Moon'' by a crescent moon-headed, yellow-skinned man with a WizardBeard and wizardly clothing. His introduction is [[CaptainObvious "I am a man in the moon."]] And he's been looking for a picture of himself for... ''ten thousand'' years?!
** At the end of ''Goes to the Moon'', a smiling moon rises and [[BreakingTheFourthWall winks at the player.]]
* MinigameGame: ''Fun Pack'' and its UpdatedRerelease ''Activity Pack'' consist of nothing but the menu screen and the {{Mini Game}}s.
* MultipleHeadCase: The alien selling the rocket in ''Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon'' has two heads.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The "Invitation" Musical intro in ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'' itself claims that the party guests will include "the limo from the mansion" and "some Martians from a ''Putt-Putt'' [[BreakingTheFourthWall game that you have played before]]." Neither the characters nor the mansion are seen thereafter, and the Martians aren't even from a previous game.
%%* NewNeighboursAsThePlotDemands
* NintendoHard: Yes, even in a kids' game. The minigame "Bear Stormin'" (later recycled as "Circus Stormin'" in ''Putt-Putt & VideoGame/FattyBear's Activity Pack'') has near-impossible later levels. You can't forget a single balloon, or hit a single enemy otherwise you're guaranteed a death. Did we mention no continues? That is, unless you [[SaveScumming abuse]] the internal save feature of ''Goes to the Moon'' for makeshift continues, which is not present in ''Activity Pack''.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Often.
** Mr. Fenderbender's voice is an imitation of Creator/DonKnotts' [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Barney Fife]].
** Marvin the Mavelous sounds like PeterLorre.
** Ivan The Semi-Strong Van is TheAhnold, sounding like Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
** Hank the Security Car's voice is patterned after Creator/JimmyStewart.
* NonHumanSidekick: Pep, who [[FurryConfusion can't talk]], but does help Putt-Putt now and then.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: ''Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise'' doesn't follow the Putt-Putt Verbs the Noun structure.
* OffModel: In ''Saves the Zoo'', Baby Jambo is animated in ways that make him look completely different in each shot, including a closeup standing on his hind legs that makes him look almost [[UncannyValley anthropomorphic]]. In the immediate shot following, he's back on all fours. This was done because the animators couldn't fit both Putt-Putt and Jambo into the same cutscene.
* OncePerEpisode:
** Every adventure game but ''Goes to the Moon'' and ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'' has a set of characters who tell each other jokes. ''Joins the Parade'' has joking toy animals, ''Saves the Zoo'' has a pair of toucans, ''Travels Through Time'' has King Chariot and the three children, ''Enters the Race'' has a pair of squirrels, and ''Joins the Circus'' has a cat and mouse.
** Putt-Putt can [[CharacterCustomization change]] his [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation color]] in every game, but don't expect any sleek silver or black finishes.
** The beginning of every game except for ''Saves the Zoo'' features a [[TheFaceOfTheSun smiling sun]] who has normally [[CueTheSun just risen]].
* OneSteveLimit: Averted--while not in the same game, the series has two characters named Reginald III: the circus lion Reginald Cornelius Andronocles III from ''Joins the Circus'', and the balloon inflator Reginald Windbag III from ''Pep's Birthday Surprise''. Both get called Reggie at least once.
* OrphanedEtymology: Putt-Putt says the StockPhrase "I can see again!" after scrubbing his windshield, which his eyes are nowhere near.
* PaletteSwap: The [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Carbucks Coffee Carista]] from ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'' is a PaletteSwap of Chuck Wagon, with Chuck's "Cartown's Best" logo replaced by the Carbucks Cocoa logo.
* ParentalBonus: In ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'', ''Film/{{Deliverance}}'' is referenced. The calm spot that can be reached from the rapids has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epgFJi7QSVs unique music]] which is [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong suspiciously similar]] to "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dueling_Banjos Dueling Banjos]]".
* PerpetualSmiler:
** Putt-Putt is smiling 99% of the time. In the original games, due to sprite limitations he can't stop smiling, even if something's wrong.
---> '''Putt-Putt''': "Oh my goodness, I'm on the moon!" (''Goes to the Moon'')
** [[HangingALampshade Lampshaded]] in the TitleThemeTune for ''Goes to the Moon'': "''We're glad that you're happy / But Putt-Putt, make it snappy!''"
** Mr. Firebird in ''Goes to the Moon'' continues smiling while Putt-Putt is blasting off on a firework, and in ''Travels Through Time'' his sprite is seen smiling after Pep was sucked into his time machine. [[FridgeHorror Maybe there's a reason...]]
* PhotoMontage: The credits of ''Saves the Zoo'', ''Enters the Race'', ''Joins the Circus'', and ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'' have this for the characters.
* PointAndClickMap: All of the adventure games utilize this.
* PortalToThePast: ''Travels Through Time'' and the TieInNovel ''Putt-Putt: Lost In Time'' both use portals to connect the past/future to the time machine.
* ProductPlacement: PlayedForLaughs/parodied in a clickable in ''Saves the Zoo''; a billboard which changes every time you click it includes plugs for various other Humongous games, eventually leading to one that reads "Shameless ''Humongous Entertainment'' self-promotion to be placed here."
* ProtagonistTitle: Every game in the series starts with Putt-Putt, even ''Putt-Putt and [[ADayInTheLimelight Pep's Dog on a Stick]]''.
* PunnyName: Arthur T. Fact. [[DontExplainTheJoke But you can call him]] Art T. Fact.
* RecycledSoundtrack:
** ''Fun Pack'' and its UpdatedRerelease ''Activity Pack'' reuse music from ''Putt-Putt Joins the Parade''.
** ''One-Stop Fun Shop'' reuses music from ''Balloon-O-Rama''.
** ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'' reuses music from ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo''.
* ReluctantMadScientist: Mr. Firebird, who can't help but show off his cool gadgets that have {{Big Red Button}}s, which just happens to lead to Putt-Putt... ''Goes to the Moon'' and ''Travels Through Time''.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Averted in ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'', the boa constrictors Little Skeeter and his Mom are just as nice as all the other animals. The alligator in the pool underneath the unfinished bridge doesn't seem to be unfriendly either. Same can be said for the dinosaurs in ''Putt-Putt Travels in Time''.
* RetrauxFlashback: When ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'' flashes back to when Putt-Putt first met Pep, the artstyle reverts back to that of DOS game ''Joins the Parade''.
* RhymesOnADime: The TieInNovel / AudioAdaptation ''Putt-Putt's Night Before Christmas'' and the TieInNovel ''Go, Go, Putt-Putt Go!'' are narrated in rhyme.
* RobotDog: Winks from the AlternateContinuity TieInNovel ''Putt-Putt: Lost In Time''.
* SameLanguageDub: There are UK English dubs of ''Travels Through Time'', ''Enters the Race'', and ''Joins the Circus''. Each comes with {{Dub Name Change}}s.
* SantaClaus: He and his flying reindeer have a cameo in ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'', and they make a full-fledged appearance in the TieInNovel / AudioAdaptation ''Putt-Putt's Night Before Christmas''.
* SavingChristmas: Putt-Putt and Pep do this in the TieInNovel / AudioAdaptation ''Putt-Putt's Night Before Christmas''.
* SentientVehicle: The titular character, Putt-Putt, and many other characters. He is [[CutesyNameTown from Cartown]], after all.
* ShoutOut: Creator/HumongousEntertainment LOVES these, and of course they're going to put them in any place they can. There could practically be [[http://humongous.wikia.com/wiki/Cameos a whole page]] with cross references in HE games. Just a few examples:
** In ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time'', when talking to Art T. Fact, Putt-Putt can ask for [[VideoGame/PajamaSam Pajama Man comic books]] or a VideoGame/SPYFox decoder ring.
** ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'' is FILLED with ''VideoGame/FreddiFish'' references. There's an ad on the billboard for the first game, she makes a brief appearance in the zoo song, she and Luther pull the raft back to Putt-Putt when he's sunk down in the rapids, and one of the things you can see in the telescope is Freddi talking to Sam the pelican.
** ''Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise'' has clickpoints that reference VideoGame/SPYFox, including a DummiedOut one that references practically every other Humongous series.
* TheSomethingSong: The official name for ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo[='s=]'' song is "The Zoo Song".
* SpaceEpisode: ''Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin You guess what the game's about.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: There are several places where the dash in Putt-Putt's name is missing, like on ''Putt-Putt Joins the Parade[='s=]'' title screen.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Enters the Race'' has a large amount of returning characters and locations from ''Joins the Parade''.
* SpoilerTitle: Every AdventureGame is named after something plot-significant that Putt-Putt does in that game, but some of these namesakes are events that most of the game leads up to. Thus, there is no doubt that Putt-Putt will join the parade in ''Putt-Putt Joins the Parade'', save the zoo in ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'', enter the race in ''Putt-Putt Enters the Race'', and join the circus in ''Putt-Putt Joins the Circus''.
* StockDinosaurs: In ''Travels Through Time'', the characters Putt-Putt meets in the dinosaur age are the ''Apatosaurus'', ''Brachiosaurus'', [[PteroSoarer pterodactyl]], ''Triceratops'', and the obligatory ''TyrannosaurusRex''.
* StockFemurBone: In ''Joins the Parade'', Putt-Putt finds one and uses it to befriend Pep. Later, in ''Dog on a Stick'', Pep finds them all over the place.
* StoryBranching: In ''Travels Through Time'', ''Enters the Race'', and ''Joins the Circus'', each playthrough's story puzzles are randomly chosen automatically, without player input. It's usually some item Putt-Putt needs to find or [[DamselInDistress rescue]] and never affects a major plot point. Makes for great ReplayValue.
* SubliminalAdvertising: Parodied in ''Saves the Zoo'''s song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUY07oddBuw Topiary Creatures]]" with the NonSequitur lyric "and advertising tie-ins" which is accompanied with an image of various Humongous Entertainment T-shirts and other merchandise.
* SmellySkunk: ''Dog on a Stick'' has this for one of the enemies.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Smokey has had two different Dalmatian puppies, Sparky from the TieInNovel ''Putt-Putt: The Great Pet Chase'' and Max from the game ''Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise''.
* TakeYourTime:
** ''Joins the Parade'' is the only game in the series to actually make use of the gas gauge, but as in the later games, you cannot run out of fuel.
** ''Enters the Race'' will sometimes have a shed on fire. Despite the fact it's a really small shed and could burn in mere seconds, it never does. In fact, you have enough time to go back to Smokey only to find out he's out to lunch.
** ''Enters the Race'' and ''Joins the Parade'' both have Putt-Putt working under a theoretical deadline, as he has to collect everything before the race or parade begin. None of those events actually happen until everything is safely collected.
* TalkingAnimal:
** The baby animals in ''Saves the Zoo'' and circus animals in ''Joins the Circus'' all talk. Strangely enough, Pep [[FurryConfusion can't talk]].
** Nearly every game has animals who tell each other jokes.
** In ''Travels Through Time'', there's a talking horse in the past.
* TauntButton: Putt-Putt's speedometer, the gas gauge in ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'', and the horn are animated but useless almost 98% of the time.
* TheEnd: In ''Joins the Parade'' and ''Saves the Zoo'', right before the credits, one of these appears on-screen.
* TieInNovel: Many children's books were made, including AlternateContinuity ''Putt-Putt: Lost In Time''. See description for a list.
* TheKingdom: In ''Travels Through Time'', TheMiddleAges is a small medieval town ruled over by King Chariot, whose daughter is the [[TheOjou kind]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Chassis]]. They live in a castle with [[YeGoodeOldeDays happy]] wooden wagons as subjects. Expect lute-playing and dragons.
* TimeMachine: Mr. Firebird's time portal, which is operated via inserting nickel into [[HomemadeInventions laundry machine]], and is actually... rocket-shaped. Guess Putt-Putt doesn't have PTSD from ''Goes to the Moon''.
* TimeTravelEpisode: In ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time'', Putt-Putt freely travels between TheFuture, TheWildWest, TheMiddleAges, and the [[StockDinosaurs dinosaur ages]].
* TitleDrop: In Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo, Outback Al says, "Congratulations! Putt-Putt, you saved the zoo!"
* TitleThemeTune: From ''Goes to the Moon'' to ''Enters the Race'', there is an opening song where the game's namesake will be said or repeated.
--> ''[[EarWorm "Putt-Putt travels through tiiiiime!"]]''
* TrialAndErrorGameplay: "Bear Stormin'" (or "Circus Stormin'") has one level where there is a cannonball attached ''right inside a balloon''. There is no clear indication of this either, and if you fall for it, you lose a life.
* UpdatedRerelease:
** ''Putt-Putt & VideoGame/FattyBear's Activity Pack'', which combines the six games from the former and the five games from the latter into the same disc, with four exclusive games.
** The ''[=Bear Stormin'=]'' mini-game from ''Goes to the Moon'' received its own separate DOS release, although it was only a demo title. It was updated with [[MotionParallax scrolling grass]] and PasswordSave.
** "Circus Stormin'", a [[PaletteSwap reskin]] of "Bear Stormin'", is one of the exclusive games in ''Activity Pack''; making it a re-release within a re-release. Ironically, neither the [[MotionParallax scrolling grass]] nor the PasswordSave of the original demo release are featured in it.
* UrineTrouble: Mildred almost has this happen in ''Putt-Putt Enters the Race'' when [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Pep lifts up his back-left leg next to her wheel]]. She tries to get out as quick as possible from this.
* VegetarianCarnivore: In ''Saves the Zoo'', Little Skeeter the Snake drinks hot cocoa to warm up. Cocoa is a plant product, by the way.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: In ''Putt-Putt Joins the Parade'', there's some nails on Red Street. You can actually make Putt-Putt run over them and ''kill his tires''. Finding it entertaining gives reason to do it on purpose.
* ViewersAreGoldfish: At the beginning of ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'', Mr. Kibble lists off all of the new flavors of dog food for Pep. Less than a minute later when Pep is testing them, Mr. Kibble feels it important enough to list off all of the flavors...''again''.
* ViewersAreMorons: Just about everything on the screen can be clicked on to produce an animation that's entertaining and usually mind-blowingingly insane. According to manuals, it's for the youngest children who may prefer this over puzzle-adventuring.
* VirtualPaperDoll:
** ''One-Stop Fun Shop'''s Putt-Putt-o-Matic. %% Why?
** The salon in ''Goes to the Moon'' allows choosing from different heads, bodies, and legs to create an alien. Hilarious results likely, or [[UncannyValley otherwise]].
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Putt-Putt's DummiedOut reaction to eating ten or more servings of cotton candy in ''Saves the Zoo''. [[ExtremeOmnivore Pep]] then hops out and [[{{Squick}} licks up Putt-Putt's vomit]].
* WhatYearIsThis: In ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time'', he'll ask this upon entering TheFuture or chatting with the dinosaur in the prehistoric era.
* WhiteAndGreyMorality: In ''Putt-Putt and Pep's Dog on a Stick'', the enemies don't really try to intentionally hurt Pep. The bear hugs you and supposedly chokes you, the penguin grabs you and dances, the skunk [[SmellySkunk we can all guess]], and the tiger [[AllAnimalsAreDogs licks Pep's face]].
* AWinnerIsYou:
** In the SpinOff game ''Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-o-Rama'': "Great job, Pep! Pep, you're the greatest balloon-poppin' pup I know!" *barks* *jumps to pop balloon* "Hooray!"
** Winning the "Bear Stormin'" mini-game from ''Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon'' rewards you with a "GAME OVER." The... same thing that happens [[NintendoHard when you lose]].
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