Codex Gamicus

Circus Atari is an adaptation of Exidy's Circus arcade game created 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. Use the controller to move the teeter-totter across the screen to catch the clowns. Each time a clown pops a balloon, the balloon will disappear and you score points.

Each player receives five clowns or turns. If you fail to catch a clown on the teeter-totter he will crash and disappear from the playfield. Press the red controller button and another clown will bounce off the trampoline from the right or left corner of the playfield. 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 causes them to crash.


  • 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