Fiendish Freddy's: Big Top of Fun originally appeared on the 16-bit Atari ST, IBM PC and Commodore Amiga, before later being converted to the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC. It's funny and unique gameplay made this game really popular, although its significant difficulty to complete the stunts!
Fiendish Freddy's is a nice black-comedy sports game to play. A corrupt businessman, whom the circus that the player owns owes $10k, arrives on the scene with the intent of demolishing the circus unless it can pay up. He plans to build a set of luxury hotels on the terrain. In a fit of desperation, the show-master organizes a display of six events to raise money for the doomed circus: diving, juggling, trapeze, knife throwing, tightrope and the human cannonball. The performance in each event is judged by five clown judges, who offer money depending on the quality of the show. The businessman has no intention of letting the circus raise the cash though, and he sets his lackey, the evil Fiendish Freddy, loose to steal the show.
The C64 uses nice colorful graphics, and a fast frame-rate during gameplay (the CPC version is slow) making the game quite playable. There is a variety of nicely detailed sprites which move fast and smooth on screen. The introductory music is awesome and funny to listen, taken from the original. The game offers a few funny sound effects and tunes too.
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