F1 Circus

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For the video game series, see F1 Circus (series).
F1 Circus
F1 Circus
Front cover of the first version, the PC-Engine version.
Developer(s) Nihon Bussan
Make Software (FC)
Publisher(s) Nichibutsu
Series F1 Circus
Platform(s) Family Computer
Release date(s) PCE/TG-16
  • JP September 14, 1990
  • JP February 7, 1992
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution 6-megabit cartridge

F1 Circus (エフワン サーカス Efuwan Sākasu?)[1] is a Formula One-based racing game developed by Nihon Bussan and published by Nichibutsu for the PC-Engine.


The game was released on September 14, 1990, and the word "circus" was meant to be a mistranslation of the word "circuit" (or "circuits") because the pageantry of Formula One racing slightly resembles a circus. It is loosely based on the 1991 Formula One season, F1 Circus is considered to be a representation of the average Formula One game for the PC-Engine. Players can modify their vehicles and customize their race cars, while racing through top-viewed tracks that appear to be going mostly straight up in a fast-paced speed, instead of any other direction.

On February 7, 1992, F1 Circus was later efficiently ported to the Family Computer. Although featuring cover art from the PC-Engine version, the content in this version is closer to that of the sequel, F1 Circus '91.


On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the PC Engine version of the game a 31 out of 40.[2]


  1. ^ "Japanese title". Superfamicom.org. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  2. ^ 30 Point Plus: F1サーカス. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.336. Pg.31. 26 May 1995.