YMMV / Putt-Putt

  • Accidental Innuendo: Level 69 of Balloon-o-Rama has pink balloons arranged in the shape of a heart, which soon fills up with white balloons. Ironically, it's also a That One Level for many due to the fact all balloons regenerate after popping them. Three times.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Joked about in Pushing Up Roses' Let's Play of Goes to the Moon, where she (and her guests Paw Dugan and Todd in the Shadows) remark that Mr. Firebird sounds a little too happy when Putt-Putt gets launched to the Moon and suggest that the "accident" was really premediated murder.
    • Hilariously enough, a Dummied Out news report suggests the same thing (even saying he was arrested!)
  • Angst? What Angst?: Owing to animation errors, Putt Putt has a tendency to keep his smile when reacting to bad news.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
  • Demonic Spiders: Virtually every enemy could qualify in Dog on a Stick without unlimited lives on, but the beach balls and the hedgehogs are the worst. The beach balls can only move downward, but they make up for it by moving exactly in the direction you never want them to, and the jumping-through trick mentioned below doesn't even work on them. Oh yeah, they also infinitely spawn again once they fall, meaning you can't get rid of them. The hedgehogs are stupidly fast and actually outrun you, and since they don't hop straight up once before going to another space, you never know where they're going. They're also really difficult to get rid of on levels that have switches to trigger the appearance of platforms. While you can jump through them, they're likely going to come right back and get you anyway.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Putt-Putt, save the zoo, Putt-Putt, save the zoo, Putt-Putt, save the zoo, Putt-Putt, save the zoo..." And it goes on and on and on.
    • Some of the in-game songs could also qualify, particularly "The Zoo Song," "The Time Continuum," "Go Putt-Putt," "Under the Big, Big Top," and "I've Got a Secret."
    • The intro song to Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Rover and Mr. Firebird, to an extent. Both are well-liked characters, but they didn't receive much attention. Rover is a big side character in Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon, but his only appearances afterwards were working at an ice cream shop in Enters the Race and Pep's Birthday Surprise and attending the party at the end of the latter game. Mr. Firebird wasn't treated much better, as he only shows up in the beginning and end of Moon and Putt-Putt Travels Through Time, in the One-Stop Fun Shop storytime coloring book story A Visit to Mr. Firebird, and in the Tie-In Novel Putt-Putt: Lost In Time (he's also mentioned by Putt-Putt in Pep's Birthday Surprise, and his factory/lab is the setting of Balloon-o-Rama's Levels 21-30).
  • Fridge Horror:
    • Every time you remove the nails on the road in Joins the Parade, more will be there when you get back. Who's leaving them?
    • A Dummied Out line from Goes to the Moon mentions Mr. Firebird facing criminal charges for sending Putt-Putt into space. Hence, he was likely in prison during the events of Saves the Zoo.
  • Good Bad Bugs: In Dog on a Stick, if you jump towards an enemy at the same time it jumps towards you, you can go through the enemy. Especially useful in levels with one-square wide paths.
  • Memetic Mutation: Tippity-top! (From the UK dub of Putt-Putt Enters the Race)
  • Painful Rhyme: From Saves the Zoo's "Welcome to the Zoo"
    We are the topiary creatures, we're very pleased t'meetcha/I haven't written this verse yet./But, uh, I will write it and it will sound much better/than when we had "wet, wet, wet."
  • Periphery Demographic: The back of Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon's packaging says outright that the games have adult fans.
  • Older Than They Think: Few people are aware that Putt-Putt Joins the Parade and Goes to the Moon were originally on the MS-DOS and not Windows.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • The vegetable picking in Putt-Putt Enters the Race. It's incredibly slow, tedious, annoying, and the fact that nothing can be skipped does not help anything.
    • Having to send Pep away in order to talk about his birthday party in private in Pep's Birthday Surprise. Not only does it get incredibly tedious, but it also raises certain questions. For instance, why can't Putt-Putt just leave Pep with one of his friends who also owns a puppy?
  • Sequelitis: Putt-Putt Joins the Circus is considered a big let-down, despite being Humongous' second-to-last Putt-Putt Adventure Game. It had no replay factor, a storyline that could have been executed much better, and dull and undeveloped characters. And then along came Pep's Birthday Surprise.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: In Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo, the music that plays in the calm spot reached from the rapids is based on "Dueling Banjos", as part of a Parental Bonus Shout-Out to Deliverance.
  • Tear Jerker: Rover's story in "Goes To The Moon" about how he was abandoned by astronauts visiting in the '70s. The music doesn't help.
  • That One Level: Balloon-o-Rama is debatable on this subject, but Levels 61-70 and 101-110 come to mind, the former mostly because of Level 69 mentioned above, and the latter because the levels in that scenery take forever to finish.
  • Uncanny Valley: The original cover for Parade had probably one of the most downright disturbing depiction of Putt-Putt ever, with really plastic-looking froglike eyes and a really unconvincing smile. Putt-Putt's Fun Pack was arguably just as bad, if not worse, with the smile stretching unrealistically far out and giving a really blank, soulless stare. Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon finally dug out of the valley by giving him a more natural looking smile, though the eyes still feel a little off to some people. Of course, a lot of this was later remedied anyway with the 1995 boxart adapting the modern cover look most people are familiar with.