The only trip my family made to the circus was when I was 8 years old. It was a classic Barnum and Bailey event and somewhere in the office junk drawer there is a very bright pink button to prove attendance. Burned to memory and still vivid to this day were the elephants, the ringmaster, the multiple clowns and the music. As a child, clowns were not scary to me. I always thought it was fun to be able to dress up, put on face paint in order to be completely anonymous and then be socially “allowed” to do any crazy thing you wanted to do because you were a clown!
As we set about building our Wrong Way Sam circus game, we wanted to bring some replica music of a real circus and the look and feel of vintage toys in a circus setting that would appeal to any culture. We spent a lot of time on the animation build with our “toys” that Sam picks up during this game play: the pinwheel, the spinning block, several types of balloons. Several of the death objects are also animated. Our favorite is probably the bumper car with the crazy driver. Just as in real life, you don’t die right away if you hit the bumper car, but we will keep it a mystery on how many times you can hit the crazy bumper car guy and still live to finish this clown game!
This “Wrong Way Sam” game has been fun for us to play as designers because it starts out slow, but eventually goes breathtakingly fast once you pick up a couple of power ups or an extra life which will speed you through. Be careful coming out of the power up as you can usually get slammed by the police car or the ice cream cart. If you can live long enough, do listen to all of the music on the entire game loop – it is circus fun to the max and we never get tired of listening to it or playing this Wrong Way Sam game. We hope you enjoy it too.