Circus Charlie [Model GX380]

The Arcade Video Game by Konami Industry Co., Ltd.

Circus Charlie [Model GX380] screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Circus Charlie © 1984 Konami Industry Company, Limited.

Circus Charlie is a single-player abstract platform game in which the player must guide the eponymous Charlie through six different circus events. Bonus points can be won by finishing a level as quickly as possible, with further points awarded for collecting any of the money bags that occasionally appear.

Finally, additional bonus points are awarded for completing a level without losing a life. The game is over when all Circus Charlies are lost.

The six different events are:
1. Ride a lion and jump through fiery hoops and over blazing pots.
2. Jump over monkeys while walking a tightrope.
3. Bounce on trampolines, avoid fire breathers and sword jugglers.
4. Jump on giant, rolling beach balls.
5. Ride a horse while avoiding obstacles.
6. Trapeze.


Circus Charlie [Model GX380] the  Arcade Video Game
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Game ID : GX380

Main CPU : Motorola M6809 (@ 2.048 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)
Sound Chips : (2x) Texas Instruments SN76496 (@ 1.789772 Mhz), DAC, (3x) RC (@ 1.789772 Mhz)

Players : 2
Control : 2-Way Joystick
Buttons : 1 (JUMP)


Circus Charlie was released in April 1984 in Japan.

Alessandro Laini, Giuseppe Strangio, Lorenzo Grande, Maurilio Pintus, and Neil Chapman all hold the record for this game with 999990 points on December 4, 1984; April 12, 1985; March 25, 1985; November 6, 1984; and June 5, 2000, respectively.

Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Konami Game Music Vol.2 - ALC-22904) on September 25, 1986.


• Master the jump : Learning how Charlie can jump is the first step to mastering this game.

• Move forward and backward to adjust your position : If you just keep moving forward, there could be an obstacle at where you land after your jump. In such cases, move back a bit to adjust your position.

• Tons of secrets : There are a bunch of secrets bonuses hidden in this game.

1) Fire rings : Jump through a ring from your back first or jump 3 times at the starting point. Then a Charlie doll will appear from the front hanging. Catch it and get an extra player!

2) Fire rings : Jump over a pot from your back first and a coin may appear from the pot. Catch it to obtain bonus points. However, it happens only once per level. From which pot the coin may appear is determined randomly.

3) Fire rings : If you get to the goal after getting all dollar bags, a hawk brings a dollar bag and you obtain bonus points. This happens only if you have made no misses in that level.

4) Tightrope : If you jump over the brown and purple monkeys at once, you get a 1000-point bonus.

5) Tightrope : If you perform perpendicular jumps over all monkeys and complete the level, a hawk will bring a Charlie doll and you get an extra player.

6) Tightrope : Jump over the purple monkey from your back first and you get a 5000-point bonus.

7) Tightrope : Touch the hook beyond the goal and a dollar back appears. Reach the goal and you get a 5000-points bonus.

8) Trampoline : Get all dollar bags and reach the goal. A hawk will bring a dollar bag and you earn bonus points.

9) Acrobatic jump : Use the spring only once after jumping off the horse and get to the goal. A hawk will bring a Charlie doll and you get an extra player.

10) Trapeze : Grab onto a trapeze by skipping one and get bonus points.

11) Trapeze : Bounce off a trampoline and then grab onto a trapeze to get bonus points.



Nintendo Famicom japan (mar.4, 1986) "Circus Charlie [Model SFC-CC]"
Sega SG-1000 korea (198?)
Sony PlayStation japan (may.13, 1999) "Konami 80's Arcade Gallery [Model SLPM-86228]"


Nintendo DS japan (mar.15, 2007) "Konami Arcade Collection [Model NTR-A5KJ-JPN]"
Nintendo DS europe (oct.26, 2007) "Konami Arcade Classics [Model NTR-ACXP-EUR]"
Nintendo DS australia (oct.29, 2007) "Konami Arcade Classics"


MSX europe japan (1984) "Circus Charlie [Model RC712]"
Commodore C64 europe (1987)


Arcade europe australia korea (nov.1998) "Konami 80's AC Special"
Arcade japan (nov.1998) "Konami 80's Arcade Gallery"

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