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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Decent circus game plagued by some difficult control issues.

Game Nintendo Wii 2009
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There's a really awesome big-top game hidden somewhere at the core of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, but a number of way-too-difficult mini-games with touchy controls hold it back from reaching anywhere near "Greatest Game on Earth" status. Successfully guiding a unicycle across a tightrope, for example, apparently requires the hands of a surgeon -- the movements needed to keep the unicycle upright are so minute, that a hairsbreadth in the wrong direction will send you plummeting off screen. And then, strangely, some of the other tightrope games (there are four) can be completed with far less difficulty. All of this is not to say that there isn't fun to be had with Circus. Many of the stunt, animal training, and clown games are a blast to play. And the way the acts you trained for appear in suped-up, more challenging forms when you reach the Big Show is done really nicely. Still, some of the control problems will leave you shaking your head.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: 2K Play
  • Release date: November 24, 2009
  • Genre: Mini-games
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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