Fiendish Freddys Big Top o Fun
Did you ever dream of running away and joining the circus? Of flying through the air on a trapeze, or maybe walking a tightrope? Here's your chance to try those stunts and four other events without taking out any extra life insurance.
In Fiendish Freddy's Big Top o' Fun, you're the manager of a small circus. Barnum and Bailey it isn't. In fact, if you can't repay a $10,000 loan immediately, you're going to lose the business — Big Top and all. But you'renotworried. You've got talented performers, and crowds will surely pour in.
Unfortunately, you didn't count on Fiendish Freddy — a clown your creditors hired to make sure you couldn't pay back the loan. Freddy is determined to sabotage the acts of your best performers. If Horace is practicing his high dives into a tiny barrel of water, you can depend on Freddy to appear with a fan and blow Horace off target.
Freddy's other nasty tricks include throwing bombs for Jeffy-Joe to juggle with the bowling pins, balls, and babies; threatening Finola the trapeze artist with a pair of scissors; tossing smoke bombs into the ring while you're throwing knives at Knancy Knife; hurling blades at Tony Tiptoe, the tightrope walker, leaving him only half a man; and corking the cannon so the human cannonball is blown to smithereens.
Fiendish Freddy’s Big Top o' Fun is a unique idea, and the graphics (especially in VGA mode) are great. However, the game probably has limited appeal. Mastering each event requires a certain knack, but none of them is too difficult to learn, especially if you take advantage of the practice mode before you play. So once you've mastered all six events, the challenge is gone (although you're never sure just when Freddy will show up, so your score and cash total are always in jeopardy).
Still, up to five people can compete against Freddy and each other, and it's a perfect game for kids. The violence is of the bounce-back-from-the-9,000-foot-drop variety featured in cartoons.
No matter how you play Fiendish Freddy, it's diverting fun for the clown in all of us.