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80 days ago
I played The Circus in a local bar for years. One day I showed up and it was gone. Called the distributor and asked what happened?
He had thrown it away, in the dump. So I vowed whenever one came up for sale, I would buy it. Now I have two. The game so nice.....I had to buy it twice.
2 years ago
The most fun of all of the system 80 games IMHO. Theme is solid with great sounds to tie the theme together.
3 years ago
This game gets boring quickly. The roto spinner adds nothing fun. The lower clown targets can cause your ball to drain quickly. And that annoying 8 bit video game continuous sound the game when you scores points. But the black glass looks nice.
6 years ago
Circus is in my opinion one of Gottliebs best wide body pins and also one of it's most overlooked. The artwork is outstanding. Sounds/music is some of the best the eighties pins offered. Playfield layout is challenging and varied, kickout, drop targets, spinner with upper and lower flippers. Simply a fun game that will bring you back again and again.
7 years ago
This is one of the TOP outstanding Gottlieb System 80 games.
The "Cirqus Voltaire" of the 1980s.
Challenging, beautiful, AND fun.
Playfield layout is outstanding with a multitude of different shots to practice and achieve.
Rotary target at the top left corner is the pinnacle of the scoring.
Backglass and playfield artwork is beautiful.
Cabinet artwork is average.
Ruleset, sounds, and background music is typical of the period, but not annoying not some early SS machines.
The machine is a fantastic partner for Gottlieb Genie.
The only real negative I can find about this game is its low production.
It is very rare now to find one it superb condition outside of a collector's home.
Trying to find a replacement backglass for the game title is an absolutely nightmare, because 99% are flaking, veining, cracking, or peeling. I am still looking for one in near perfect condition for my collection. So much mirroring on this glass...sigh...

Deserves to be remade.
7 years ago
Circus is the last game to feature a roto target, and it is used to good effect. Placement is great in an upper playfield area with its own two inch flippers.

Three three inch flippers at the bottom of the playfield help line up the shots, a 5x bonus multiplier with great drop target shots and a bonus collect saucer, standups and rollovers round out the gameplay.

Multiple timed objectives. Very challenging to line up the appropriate roto symbol to win big!
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