Atari clown
Circus Atari is a Shame by Atari for the Atari 2600.


You must pop balloons by catching a clown on the teeter-totter and bouncing him up to the balloons. Every time you hit a balloon, your clown gets dumber and dumber due to the concussions he is sustaining. Also, the balloons are as hard as rocks.

Each player receives five clowns or turns. If you fail to catch a clown on the teeter-totter he will crash, having his head splatter on the ground, and he will die. Press the red controller button and another clown will bounce off the trampoline like an assembly line of clowns ready to meet a horrific death. You can call in a clown car, which has 4 clowns armed with sub machine guns to shoot the balloons and spectators only after killing 15 lions with a bazooka. After five clowns have crashed the game is over. The clowns may land on any point of the teeter-totter except where the other clown is sitting, which would cause a paradox, causing the game to spazz out.

Dead clowns

Violence could be found in the earliest Shames too


  • Each safe landing on the teeter-totter -- 1 point
  • White balloon -- 2 points
  • Blue balloon -- 5 points
  • Red balloon -- 10 points
  • Clearing all white balloons -- 20 points
  • Clearing all blue balloons -- 50 points
  • Clearing all red balloons -- 100 points, plus extra clown
  • Killing 15 lions with a bazooka -- 1500 points, plus clown car
  • Calling in a clown car -- Stamina Bonus (useless)

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