Producer: Digital Fantasia, 48K £9.95
Author: Brian Howarth
Digital Fantasia specialise in marketing adventure games, a unique feature of which is that you may have the graphics switched on or off. Things move faster with them off, especially as the HI-res drawings do take a bit of time to appear. On the other hand, there are often clues in the graphics which aren't apparent in the text. Circus is number 6 in the series, and starts off when your car runs out of petrol in the middle of nowhere. You search for help on foot and come across a noisy circus, apparently in full swing, miles from anywhere. As you enter the jolly place, all the sound and lights die. The big top is a graveyard of evil spirits. It's nice to stumble across a generator, as wandering around the darkness inside the tent can prove fatal. But nothing is so simple - the generator won't work without a cable plugged in to feed the lights. Clowns leave messages, tightrope walking requires a safety net, can you be a human cannonball? An addictive game which requires a good memory and plenty of ingenuity. Overall CRASH rating 75%, machine code.