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Romset and title:
circusld Circus Lido
Alternate title:
サーカスライド
Software list:
pce NEC PC-Engine cartridges
Publisher:
Yuni Post
Year:
1991
Serial:
PJ91001
Release:
19910406
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Romset
First release:
Mess 0.141 released on jan-09 2011
Last release:
Mame 0.226 released on oct-28 2020
Status
Software:
SUPPORTED
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  • NEC PC-Engine HuCARD published 29 years ago:

    サーカスライド © 1991 Uni Post Company.
    (Circus Lido)

    Circus Lido is a quirky puzzle/action game by Uni Post Company and Planning System. Like most action/puzzle games, the goal of Circus Lido is both deceptively simple and dauntingly complex. The star of the show is a green and cute chameleon-like creature called "Leon" who must progress through devilish levels, killing all the crawling (or flying) insects that populate them in order to reach the exit. The levels are not timed though, and the core gameplay has an unique and challenging twist - although the Chameleon can shoot his tongue to capture enemies, he can't actually eat them... instead, he must carry the captured foes in his mouth and spit them out into carnivorous plants scattered around each level. This particular technique has also many other useful applications, and the chameleon can spit an enemy at another in order to stun them, or use a stunned bug as a temporary platform... Additionally, the green lizard comes with another serious limitation - he can't jump. So the only way for Leon to reach higher grounds is to use his retractable tail and to shoot it upwards in an attempt to wrap it around special logs/legdes. Once all the enemies are defeated, the exit door unlocks and the chameleon can proceed to the next stage. Circus Lido consists of forty levels and a password system allows the player to save his progress.

    TECHNICAL
    Game ID: JP91001

    TRIVIA
    Released on April 06, 1991 in Japan for 5400 Yen. Circus Lido is notoriously known among classic game enthusiasts, not for its qualities as a puzzle game, but for the unusual circumstances of its release. Although the game was (quietly) advertised in several Japanese video game magazines at the time, it was nowhere to be found in stores and went completely unnoticed. Because of this, Circus Lido was considered as one of the rarest PC Engine HuCard in the late 1990s, and the few rare copies that surfaced on the collectors' market snapped up for thousands of dollars (some even argued that the game was never commercially released).

    However, in 2000, this situation was about to change dramatically. For what seemed like obscure reasons, an increasing number of Circus Lido began to appear and the game's inflated value started to melt away... And the truth, being finally revealed in 2001, is one of the most memorable moment (and most painful for some) of PC Engine collecting history. Although Circus Lido was virtually impossible to find in the wild, several Japanese forums started to leak out that the game was available for its original retail price (5400 Yen) on Amazon Japan! To fully understand and explain this unexpected twist, we have to go back to 1991 - in reality, Circus Lido did see a commercial release, yes, not in toy/game stores but in libraries. It is not really clear as to why Uni Post company decided to only release this game in libraries, but this certainly explains why it went completely unnoticed and was nowhere to be found... until 2000, when someone discovered that Amazon Japan still had a large stock available at the original retail price. Circus Lido shows how incredibly volatile the collectibles market can be, and how speculation can cause the mighty to fall.

    Interestingly, a special medal/key chain was made to commemorate the release of Circus Lido. 500 were made and given away to the first players (as long as they ordered it) who cleared the forty levels. It is however hard to tell how many were actually given away, considering how badly the game sold...

    TIPS AND TRICKS
    Level Passwords:
    Level 01 - AAAA
    Level 02 - DRMH
    Level 03 - NEOT
    Level 04 - ESCR
    Level 05 - EETE
    Level 06 - HRSY
    Level 07 - TSOA
    Level 08 - STPL
    Level 09 - RHIP
    Level 10 - EGND
    Level 11 - HIUO
    Level 12 - TRTO
    Level 13 - OLHG
    Level 14 - ELGY
    Level 15 - HAIR
    Level 16 - TMLE
    Level 17 - DEYV
    Level 18 - NTPA
    Level 19 - ASOE
    Level 20 - AYCR
    Level 21 - SSGA
    Level 22 - UGNU
    Level 23 - GNIO
    Level 24 - IIYY
    Level 25 - ANA!
    Level 26 - SNLS
    Level 27 - AAPN
    Level 28 - MLRO
    Level 29 - IPUI
    Level 30 - JDOT
    Level 31 - AEYA
    Level 32 - TTRL
    Level 33 - FIOU
    Level 34 - FMFT
    Level 35 - AIUA
    Level 36 - TLOR
    Level 37 - SYYG
    Level 38 - DNDK
    Level 39 - EANO
    Level 40 - VPAC
    Boss - ZYMA

    CONTRIBUTE
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