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Video Game / Circus Charlie

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Circus Charlie (サーカスチャーリー Sākasu Chārī) is an action arcade game published by Konami in 1984. The player controls a clown named Charlie in six different circus-themed minigames.

In the game there are six regular stages you can choose to play in your prefered order (plus an extra stage that is unlocked if various minigames are played) of differing tasks that are to be completed by Charlie. Grabbing money bags, performing dangerous tricks, avoiding enemies, completing stages, etc., earns Charlie points. After the sixth stage is completed, the game starts over again but with a faster pace and more difficult (but exactly the same in terms of task to be completed) levels.


Tropes that can be found in Circus Charlie:

  • 1-Up: There are various hidden ways to obtain one, but the most usual one is reaching a high score.
  • Bonus Stage: If enough minigames are played, it unlocks a version of the third minigame but set on water and with dolphins as enemies.
  • Self-Duplication: At the end of the last minigame, after reaching his girlfriend, Charlie multiplies into various clones of himself.
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  • Springs, Springs Everywhere: The third stage consist. entirely on Charlie jumping thought trampolines. Jumping too many times in one trampoline sends him flying off the stage, costing a life.
  • Stock Money Bag: In one of the stages, there are dollar bags inside rings of fire.
  • Tightrope Walking: The monkey minigame has Charlie walking in one of these while he avoids the monkeys on the rope.


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