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''Putt-Putt'' is a series of point-and-click children's games originally made by HumongousEntertainment, which was later bought by {{Atari}}. The series spans seven {{Adventure Game}}s and five {{Gaiden Game}}s.

Putt-Putt is a [[SentientVehicle talking purple car]], in a world where [[SentientVehicle vehicles]], as well as other things, e.g. some animals can talk. The series follows the adventures of Putt-Putt and his (non-talking but intelligent) dog Pep.

The {{Adventure Game}}s, 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 {{Gaiden Game}}s, in order, are:
* ''Putt-Putt's Fun Pack''
* ''Putt-Putt & 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]] (not all of which may have been published), 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 recurring feature in the games is the ability to have your paint color changed at a certain place. In some games you have to find or earn coins to do this, and in some it's free. The color change has absolutely no influence on the gameplay.

A lite version of ''Saves the Zoo'' can be [[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/putt-putt-saves-the-zoo-lite/id524474521 downloaded]] from iTunes, and a demo version of ''Travels Through Time'' can be [[ftp://ftp.infogrames.net/demos/putt_travel_thru_time/PuttTime-Demo.zip downloaded]] from Infogrames. The first 6 main series games [[note]]''Joins the Parade'', ''Goes to the Moon'', ''Travels Through Time'', ''Saves the Zoo'', ''Enters the Race'' and ''Joins the Circus''[[/note]], among others are all available for play on [=ScummVM=].

NotToBeConfusedWith the famous miniature golf chain.

Now available on Steam.
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!!Tropes in the ''PuttPutt'' series:
* AbsenteeActor: Pep is absent from ''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".
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: In ''Putt-Putt and Pep's Dog on a Stick'', when encountering a tiger, he grabs Pep and starts to endlessly lick his face, until Putt-Putt rescues him. If you wait long enough on the title screen, he does it even ''longer''.
* AllDesertsHaveCacti: The Old West in ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time'' and the TieInNovel ''Putt-Putt: Lost In Time''.
* AlternateContinuity: The TieInNovel ''Putt-Putt: Lost In Time'', a CompressedAdaptation of the game ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time''.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Made better by the fact you can change Putt-Putt's color in all of the adventure games (and ''Balloon-o-Rama'').
* TheAnimeOfTheGame: Was to have been created by Lancit Media Entertainment.
* [[AntiSneezeFinger Anti-Sneeze Aerial]]: In ''Saves the Zoo'' Putt-Putt does this to Pep in the middle of an avalanche zone. [[SneezeOfDoom Followed by Putt-Putt sneezing]].
* ArtShift: ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'' completely changed from having DOS type graphics to the type that resembles a cartoon.
* AttractMode: Featured in ''Balloon-o-Rama''.
* AudioAdaptation: The TieInNovel ''Putt-Putt's Night Before Christmas'' came with a cassette tape of the same name.
* 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 Big Red Lever]]: ''Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon''.
* BitingTheHandHumor: A billboard in ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'' has a slide that reads "Shameless Humongous Entertainment self promotion to be placed here."
* BreakingOut: ''Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-o-Rama''.
* TheCameo: Besides the usual Humongous cameos, ''Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise'' has these two clickpoints:
** A clickpoint outside the tunnel to Torvil Tractor's farm features [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG0iWJA20Do#t=32s the juggling alligator]] from ''SPYFox: Operation Ozone''.
** A DummiedOut clickpoint inside the Party Store has a FattyBear unzip his head to reveal either SPYFox, [[BackyardSports Pete Wheeler]] (using his original design), FreddiFish, or PajamaSam.
* 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:
** 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 house.
** From the TieInNovel ''Putt-Putt: Lost In Time'', [[RobotDog robotic dog]] Winks and the mountain lion.
* CatchPhrase: Putt-Putt's "Wowie zowie!" and "Hot ziggety!".
* ChristmasEpisode: The TieInNovel / AudioAdaptation ''Putt-Putt's Night Before Christmas'', in which Putt-Putt and Pep [[SavingChristmas save Christmas]].
* 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.
* CrateExpectations: Levels 51-60 of ''Dog on a Stick''.
* CreatorInJoke: Supposedly, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeAHiSr5834 "They're moving in herds"]] is this.
* {{Crossover}}: ''Putt-Putt & FattyBear's Activity Pack'' is the only Humongous game to go further than simple [[TheCameo cameos]].
* CutSong: Some games' [=HE4=] files contain DummiedOut music.
* 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), leaving many unaware it was possible to skip cutscenes.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In ''Dog on a Stick'', Pep, not Putt-Putt, is the sole playable character.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Technically justified, since the characters are vehicles and can presumably have themselves remodeled.
** Mr. Fenderbender got a minor redesign and a new paint job in ''Enters the Race''.
** Marvin the Marvelous got a major redesign in ''Pep's Birthday Surprise''.
** Chuck Wagon got a minor redesign and a new (or at least newly painted) set of wheels in ''Pep's Birthday Surprise''.
* 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:
** ''Joins the Parade'':
*** The game's [=HE4=] file contains [[CutSong unused music]].
** ''Goes to the Moon'':
*** The game's [=HE2=] file contains some [[http://youtu.be/sGAWR0Y3V-g?t=1m35s unused dialogue]] from the radio, reporting a criminal lawsuit being filed against Mr. Firebird for the fireworks factory accident. It was mostly likely not used in the game due to it being too harsh for a kids' game.
*** The game's [=HE4=] file contains [[CutSong unused music]].
** ''Saves the Zoo'':
*** Putt-Putt and Pep have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAoFYGBgXA8 an unused]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZQXG0AROsI animation]] that can be unlocked by adding "[=UpChuck=71595=]" to the game's section in the INI file.
*** Putt-Putt has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeAHiSr5834 an unused line]] that can be unlocked by adding "[=MoveInHerds=71595=]" to the game's section in the INI file. The line is a ShoutOut to ''Film/JurassicPark''.
*** The gopher has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9BB6xDKbBY an unused animation]] that can be unlocked by adding "[=HoleyMoley=71595=]" to the game's section in the INI file.
*** The gibbons have five unused rhymes that can be unlocked by adding "[=Gibbon=71595=]" to the game's section in the INI file.
*** Thwack and Quack have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLJ5zuOJet4 an unused joke]] that can be unlocked by adding "[=IAmTheMoose=71595=]" to the game's section in the INI file.
*** The scrapbook in the photo album at the end of the game has an unused page that can be unlocked by adding "[=ICanDrive=71595=]" to the game's section in the INI file.
*** The game's demo is buried into the files, albeit mostly broken.
*** The game's [=HE4=] file contains [[CutSong unused music]].
** ''Balloon-o-Rama'':
*** An unused LevelEditor for the developers exists. It can be accessed by either adding "[=RhettCool=1=]" to the game's section in the INI file and pressing "e" at any time during the gameplay, or by typing "room 5" in [=ScummVM=]'s debugger. Levels can only be tested through the latter method though.
** ''Dog on a Stick'':
*** An unused level environment of [[MacroZone giant cans in a giant kitchen]] (with partially unfinished colors and no music) is included in the developers' LevelEditor, which can be accessed by using [=ScummVM=]'s debugger and typing "room 5."
** ''Travels Through Time'':
*** The game's [=HE4=] file contains [[CutSong unused music]].
** ''Enters the Race'':
*** Putt-Putt has an unused line (with unfinished animation) that can be triggered by getting [[MacGuffin everything Putt-Putt needs for the race]] then checking the racing form (which can only be done by using the game's debug mode or [=ScummVM=]'s debugger).
*** The old preview for it is buried into the real game's files, even though it has no use.
** ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'':
*** The FattyBear inside the Party Store has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2gr5a-9pa0 four unused animations]] featuring [[TheCameo cameos]] by SPYFox, [[BackyardSports Pete Wheeler]] (using his original design), FreddiFish, and PajamaSam.
*** The egg on top of Baldini's Grocery Store has an unused animation that was deemed weird.
*** The game's rooms.he file contains [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8InLPBf8dlg at least one unused animation]].
*** The game's talkies.he file contains unused dialogue recordings.
*** The game's data.he file contains unused dialogue scripts.
* EasterEgg: In ''Enters the Race'', clicking on the green car at the speedway while holding SHIFT skips to the race.
* 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.)
* EverythingIsAniPodInTheFuture: According to ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time'', in the future we can teleport, have very high-tech battery makers, can make our own books, make food for any animal of any sort, and things like newspaper are ancient artifacts.
* ExpandedUniverse: The [[TieInNovel Tie-In Novels]] and AudioAdaptation.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Pep, especially in ''Dog on a Stick''.
* FirstPersonSnapshooter: In ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo''. It's completely optional and has no effect on gameplay.
* FishEyes: In ''Dog on a Stick'', Putt-Putt often has these.
* AutoScrollingLevel: The entirety of ''[=Bear Stormin'=]'' in ''Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon'' and ''[=Circus Stormin'=]'' in ''Putt-Putt & FattyBear's Activity Pack''.
* FloatingContinent: ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time'' has this in the future.
* FunnyForeigner: Mr. Baldini and Torvolt the Tractor are gentle cases of this.
* FurryConfusion: 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, since Putt-Putt only says anything the first time you reach the end of the lake--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: ''Bear Stormin''' in ''Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon'', Squoosh in ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time''.
* GeographicFlexibility: All games that take place in Cartown change the design each time.
* GuideDangIt: Let's start counting how many people on Website/YouTube couldn't figure out the proper way to do the digging minigame in ''Putt-Putt Enters the Race''.
** To elaborate more on this, most people thought that it was an entirely LuckBasedMission, and were supposed to just spam holes and hope you landed on a hubcap space. What you're REALLY supposed to do is that you have to [[spoiler:hover the shovel over a spot long enough, and listen to the way Ralphie barks. When he barks a certain way, you know you're over a spot. Most people thought he was being impatient.]]
* HelicopterPack: Putt-Putt's propellor attachment from ''Activity Pack'' (specifically, from ''Circus Stormin''') and ''Dog on a Stick''.
* HollerButton: Putt-Putt's horn and radio.
* IdiosyncraticWipes: The ending of ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'' does this once, using an image of Pep's head.
* KingOfBeasts: The lion and lioness in ''Saves the Zoo'' notably sport crowns.
* 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.
* LevelEditor: ''Balloon-o-Rama'' and ''Dog on a Stick''.
* 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. This is mostly because every level will probably finish before it ends, up until Levels 101-110. However, it is possible to sit back and listen to the music (or just let the music get a head start) after the level starts but 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. Although their dated look is a possible explanation, there was also the fact that they were poorly coded, as in DOS-like. They were very complex by comparison of later games, so most companies didn't bother with them. Akella did go through the effort of translating ''Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon'', but it was the only Russian translation of theirs to keep the original subtitles in (the other games had them removed).
** MarthDebutedInSmashBros: This also means major characters from those games, such as Smokey and Rover, technically debuted in their later appearances' translations.
* MacroZone: ''Dog on a Stick'''s DummiedOut kitchen level environment.
* MadLibsDialogue: Just like most Humongous games. An example is "I have...nine...moon crystals".
* MinigameGame: ''Fun Pack'' and its UpdatedRerelease ''Activity Pack''.
* MultipleHeadCase: The alien selling the rocket in ''Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon''.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Even when the "trailer" is part of the game itself--the Invitation Musical from ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'' claims that the party guests will include "the limo from the mansion" and "some Martians from a ''PuttPutt'' [[BreakingTheFourthWall game that you have played before]]." Said characters do not appear outside of the song; additionally, the limo's mansion isn't shown at all, 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 & FattyBear's Activity Pack'') has near-impossible later levels. You can't forget a single balloon, or hit a single enemy otherwise you're garaunteed a death. Did we mention no continues?
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Often.
** Mr. Fenderbender's voice is an imitation of Creator/DonKnotts
** Marvin the Mavelous sounds like PeterLorre
** Ivan The Semi-Strong Van is TheAhnold and, appropriately enough, sounds like Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
** Hank the Security Car's voice is patterned after JimmyStewart
* OddlyNamedSequel: ''Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise'', even though it wasn't technically made by Humongous.
* OnceAnEpisode: 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 the dog, cat, duck and bunny, ''Saves the Zoo'' has Thwack and Quack, ''Travels Through Time'' has King Chariot and the three children, ''Enters the Race'' has Maxie and Slapsy, and ''Joins the Circus'' has Ratso and Catnip.
* 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.
* PaletteSwap: The 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: ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'' has a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Deliverance}}''.
* PerpetualSmiler: Putt-Putt, mostly in the original games, where due to sprite limitations, he is almost always smiling when he speaks, even if something's wrong ("Oh my goodness, I'm on the moon!")
* PhotoMontage: The credits of ''Saves the Zoo'', ''Enters the Race'', ''Joins the Circus'', and ''Pep's Birthday Surprise''.
* 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."
** Also parodied in the song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUY07oddBuw Topiary Creatures]]" from the same game with the NonSequitur lyric "and advertising tie-ins" which is accompanied with an image of various Humongous Entertainment T-shirts and other merchandise. This doubles as a mockery of SubliminalAdvertising.
* PunnyName: Arthur T. Fact. [[DontExplainTheJoke But you can call him]] Art T. Fact.
* RecycledSoundtrack: ''Fun Pack'', its UpdatedRerelease ''Activity Pack'', ''One-Stop Fun Shop'', and ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'' each reuse music from previous games.
* {{Reptiles Are Abhorrent}}: Averted in ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'' the boa constrictors Little Skeeter and his Mom are just as nice as all the other animals. Same can be said for the dinosaurs in ''Putt-Putt Travels in Time''.
* 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
* 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
* ShoutOut: Humongous LOVES these, and of course they're going to put them in any place they can. Just a few examples:
** In ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time'', when talking to Art T. Fact, he can ask for [[VideoGame/PajamaSam Pajama Man comic books]] or a VideoGame/SPYFox decoder ring.
** In ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'' and ''Joins the Circus'', there's a bill board at the beginning which has a few references to VideoGame/FattyBear and VideoGame/PajamaSam.
** ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'' is FILLED with ''VideoGame/FreddiFish'' references. Let's see, there's an ad on the billboard for the first game, she makes a brief appearence in the zoo song, Luther and her 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.
** And way more. There could practically be a whole page with cross references in HE games.
** For a non-Humongous example, ''Film/{{Deliverance}}'' is referenced in ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo'', as a ParentalBonus. 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]]".
* RetrauxFlashback: When "Pep's Birthday Surprise" flashes back to when Putt-Putt first met Pep, the art style reverts back to that of "Joins the Parade".
* SmellySkunk: ''Dog on a Stick'' has this for one of the enemies.
* TheSomethingSong: The official name for ''Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo[='s=]'' song is "The Zoo Song".
* 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: Fans consider ''Race'' to be this to ''Parade'', due to the large amount of returning characters and locations.
* SpoilerTitle: Every AdventureGame is named after someting 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''.
* 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.
* 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.
* TauntButton: Putt-Putt's speedometer, the gas gauge in ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'', and the horn almost 98% of the time.
* TieInNovel
* TimeMachine: Mr. Firebird's Time Portal.
* TimeTravel: Via Mr. Firebird's Time Portal.
* TitleDrop: In Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo: "Congratulations! Putt-Putt, you saved the zoo!"
* TitleThemeTune: From ''Moon'' to ''Race'', there is an opening song.
* TrialAndErrorGameplay: ''Bear/Circus [=Stormin'=]'' both have one level when 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 & FattyBear's Activity Pack''.
* 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. Doubles as ParentalBonus.
* 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''. The result is rather entertaining, so most people like to do it on purpose.
* ViewersAreGoldfish: At the beginning of ''Pep's Birthday Surprise'', Putt-Putt goes to the Feed Store and Mr. Kibble suggests to bring Pep over so he can decide which of the new flavors of dog food he likes best. The scene has little significance to begin with, but he feels the need list off all the flavors. Less than a minute later when Pep is testing them, Mr. Kibble feels it important enough to list off the flavors...''again''.
* VirtualPaperDoll: ''One-Stop Fun Shop'''s Putt-Putt-o-Matic.
* 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: Putt-Putt will ask this upon entering the future and chatting with the dinosaur in the prehistoric era in ''Putt-Putt Travels Through Time''.
* 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 we can all guess, the pigs with jetpacks crowd you in smoke, goo covers you in goo, the ram just bonks into you, the hedgehog makes you land in his fur, and the tiger 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!"
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