The series also spawned multiple 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 Audio Adaptation). 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 downloaded from iTunes, and a demo version of Travels Through Time can be 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, among others are all available for play on ScummVM.Not to Be Confused with the famous miniature golf chain.
Accidental Pun: Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise has an autosave feature.
The Ahnold: Ivan the Semi-Strong Van in "Joins the Circus".
All Animals Are Dogs: 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.
Conspicuous CG: 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.
Continuity Nod: 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.
Damn You, Muscle Memory: 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.
The game's HE2 file contains some 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.
An unused Level Editor 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 giant cans in a giant kitchen (with partially unfinished colors and no music) is included in the developers' Level Editor, which can be accessed by using ScummVM's debugger and typing "room 5."
Putt-Putt has an unused line (with unfinished animation) that can be triggered by getting 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.
The game's talkies.he file contains unused dialogue recordings.
The game's data.he file contains unused dialogue scripts.
Easter Egg: In Enters the Race, clicking on the green car at the speedway while holding SHIFT skips to the race.
Everybody Do the Endless Loop: 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.)
Everything Is Ani Pod In The Future: 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.
Game-Breaking Bug: 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 making this scene impossible to skip.
Game Within a Game: Bear Stormin' in Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon, Squoosh in Putt-Putt Travels Through Time.
Guide Dang It: Let's start counting how many people on 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 Luck-Based Mission, 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 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.
Helicopter Pack: Putt-Putt's propellor attachment from Activity Pack (specifically, from Circus Stormin') and Dog on a Stick.
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.
Lost in Translation: Due to the fact that the first two games had few translations, a lot of the Continuity Nods and Call Backs 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).
Marth Debuted in Smash Bros.: This also means major characters from those games, such as Smokey and Rover, technically debuted in their later appearances' translations.
Never Trust a Trailer: 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 Putt-Puttgame 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.
Nintendo Hard: Yes, even in a kids' game. The minigame Bear Stormin' (later recycled as Circus Stormin' in Putt-Putt & Fatty Bear'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?
Oddly Named Sequel: Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise, even though it wasn't technically made by Humongous.
Once an Episode: 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.
One Steve Limit: 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.
Palette Swap: The Carbucks Coffee Carista from Pep's Birthday Surprise is a Palette Swap of Chuck Wagon, with Chuck's Cartown's Best logo replaced by the Carbucks Cocoa logo.
Product Placement: Played for Laughs/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 "Topiary Creatures" from the same game with the Non Sequitur 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 Subliminal Advertising.
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.
In Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo and Joins the Circus, there's a bill board at the beginning which has a few references to Fatty Bear and Pajama Sam.
Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo is FILLED with Freddi Fish 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.
Retraux Flashback: 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".
Smelly Skunk: Dog on a Stick has this for one of the enemies.
The Something Song: The official name for Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo's song is "The Zoo Song".
Spell My Name with an S: There are several places where the dash in Putt-Putt's name is missing, like on Putt-Putt Joins the Parade's title screen.
Spiritual Successor: Fans consider Race to be this to Parade, due to the large amount of returning characters and locations.
Spoiler Title: Every Adventure Game 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.
Stock Femur Bone: 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.
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.
Taunt Button: Putt-Putt's speedometer, the gas gauge in Pep's Birthday Surprise, and the horn almost 98% of the time.
Trial-and-Error Gameplay: 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.
Video Game Cruelty Potential: 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.
Viewers Are Goldfish: 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.
What Year Is This?: Putt-Putt will ask this upon entering the future and chatting with the dinosaur in the prehistoric era in Putt-Putt Travels Through Time.
White and Grey Morality: 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.
A Winner Is You: 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!"