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Work Avoidance Wednesday – Circus Charlie

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Circus Charlie (1)

WHEN I WERE A LAD, back in 2015, I used to love going to the circus. Just so that I could heckle the elephants, and their enormous trunks. And also their massive face-noses.

Sawdust floors, candy-floss that made my gums bleed and clowns that would regularly horrify children were just a few highlights of a night out under the big top. That, and being attacked by the illegal immigrant trapeze artists after a drunken argument went south real quick.

Circus Charlie (1)

Needless to say, I have a soft spot for circus games. Specifically, Circus Charlie. You might remember it from ye olde NES days, an old-school collection of themed circus stages that had you donning grease-paint and engaging in various circus activities.

Like jumping livestock through hoops of fire! Navigating a trapeze over certain death! Tight-rope walking while those damn monkeys try to knock you off! Good times! And times that should be relived, right here:

Circus Charlie
Circus Charlie

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I have such fond memories of this game. It was one of the very first games I ever played, after receiving an old knock-off Famicom. Huddled together with various other titles on a 16-in-1 Golden China cart, it was a game that I jammed regularly, alongside pilfered classics such as Islander, Yie Ar Kung Fu and Starcross.

Circus Charlie was originally released in arcades in 1984, before heading to home consoles from 1986. Knowing that it took over a decade before I finally got to play it as a wee kid, is something that still amazes me to this day. For some odd reason though, my Golden China game listed the game as “Charlie’s Circus” instead, which disappointed my father who thought the game was a Charlie’s Angel spin-off.

Circus Charlie (2)

Also, I may have set my lion on fire, one too many times in circus Charlie.


Last Updated: September 30, 2015


  1. O MY GLOB!!!


    • Grand Admiral Chief

      September 30, 2015 at 15:18



      • Ottokie "Yahtzee"

        September 30, 2015 at 15:29



  2. AfricanTime

    September 30, 2015 at 14:41

    Charlie and his secret coins, did anybody get to the dolphin stage?


    • HvR

      September 30, 2015 at 15:02

      There is a dolphin stage?

      My big ball skills always let me down


      • AfricanTime

        September 30, 2015 at 15:25

        you shouldn’t be embarrassed, Pele has the same problem…


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      September 30, 2015 at 15:08

      I did, but it was a let down. They were all tangled up in Japanese fishing trawler nets.


      • AfricanTime

        September 30, 2015 at 15:21

        but at least the “tuna” was fresh


  3. Raptor Rants

    September 30, 2015 at 14:53


    This is an epic game!!!!


  4. HvR

    September 30, 2015 at 15:05

    In the political correct 21st century version you will probably have to stop part time dentist/circus clown evil Charlie who tries to kidnap Cecil the lion to ride him into big pots of fire


  5. DragonSpirit009

    September 30, 2015 at 15:06

    Wow! Just wow!
    Failed a lot in this game but I still loved it XD


  6. GooseZA

    September 30, 2015 at 15:11

    Played this a lot at Wonderland in N1 City when I was a weeee lad.


  7. HvR

    September 30, 2015 at 15:22

    Dammit Charlie still buggering off the big balls, nothing changed after 25 years. FUCKONAMI!!!!

    *Rage Quits*


  8. Weanerdog

    September 30, 2015 at 15:24

    Anyone else notice that this works so well it only got posted this afternoon, Its work avoidance for us not you Darryn.


    • Grand Admiral Chief

      September 30, 2015 at 15:25



    • Raptor Rants

      September 30, 2015 at 15:25

      Comment of the week right there


    • The D

      September 30, 2015 at 19:36

      I laughed. Lolvo Range Rover.


  9. HairyEwok

    September 30, 2015 at 15:28

    Oh great now I’m going to whistle for the next week.


    • Grand Admiral Chief

      September 30, 2015 at 15:35

      Better grab the keys then


    • DragonSpirit009

      September 30, 2015 at 15:41

      It’s better than whistling the coconut song the whole time!


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