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Putt-Putt and Pep
Night Dive Studios
|Platform(s)||DOS, Microsoft Windows, 3DO, Macintosh, iOS|
|First release||Putt-Putt Joins the Parade|
October 30, 1992
|Latest release||Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise|
The Putt-Putt series is a collection of children's adventure and puzzle computer games created by Humongous Entertainment. This franchise was Humongous Entertainment's first game series to be developed. They primarily involve clicking to get to a destination, although some sub-quests and mini-games involve the keyboard. The main character, Putt-Putt, an anthropomorphic purple convertible, and his pet dog, Pep, travel to various locations.
- 1 History
- 2 Games
- 3 Availability
- 4 Characters
- 5 Books
- 6 Reception
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Putt-Putt was originally thought up by Paul Lombardo as a series of bedtime stories for his son, Logan Casterline; the first story involved Putt-Putt saving a cat caught in a tree. Child actor Jason Ellefson did Putt-Putt's voice for the first eight of the games. In the games released between 1998 and 2000, Nancy Cartwright (of The Simpsons fame) voiced Putt-Putt. Michelle Thorson voiced Putt-Putt in Pep's Birthday Surprise.
In 1997, Humongous made an agreement with Lancit Media Entertainment to create an animated TV series of Putt-Putt, along with movies and home video releases. However the plan was never put into action.
Humongous Entertainment classified these games as Junior Adventures (for kids 3-8)
- Putt-Putt Joins the Parade (1992)
- Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon (1993)
- Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo (1995)
- Putt Putt Travels Through Time (1997)
- Putt-Putt Enters the Race (1998)
- Putt-Putt Joins the Circus (2000)
- Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise (2003)
|Putt-Putt and Pep's Dog on a Stick||October 15, 1996 (Win/Mac)
January 6, 2014 (iOS)
|Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-o-Rama||October 15, 1996 (Win/Mac)
April 17, 2014 (Steam)
|Humongous Entertainment, Toymax (LCD)|
|Putt-Putt's Fun Pack||March 26, 1993 (DOS/Mac/3DO)||Humongous Entertainment|
|Putt-Putt & Fatty Bear's Activity Pack||March 25, 1994 (Win)||Humongous Entertainment|
|Putt-Putt's One-Stop Fun Shop||April 5, 2000 (Win/Mac)||Humongous Entertainment|
|Putt-Putt's Fun House||May 22, 2013 (iOS)||Humongous Entertainment, Nimbus Games|
Players can change Putt-Putt's color to original purple, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, black, brown, pink, gray, or rainbow. All colors can be painted on again. This also changes the color of the dashboard in Putt-Putt Enters the Race, Putt-Putt Joins the Circus, Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-O-Rama, Putt-Putt Travels Through Time and Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo. However, in Putt-Putt Enters the Race, the player needs to put 3 coins in a coin slot before changing his color. But in Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon and Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise, the color can only be changed temporarily as it just turns back to purple immediately.
- For Steam the games were released as single games, or bundled together in the "Putt-Putt Complete Pack" or came packaged with all Humongous Entertainment games in "Humongous Entertainment Complete Pack".
- Humongous Entertainment released a CD titled "Humongous Entertainment Triple Treat", which included Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo, Pajama Sam's Sock Works and Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds.
- Humongous Entertainment released a CD titled "Humongous Entertainment Triple Treat 2", which included Putt Putt Travels Through Time, Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside and Freddi Fish and Luther's Maze Madness.
- Humongous Entertainment released a "Putt-Putt Fun & Learning Kindergarten Edition" package with a Putt-Putt notebook and a CD that included Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo and Big Thinkers Kindergarten.
- Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-O-Rama was released for Windows and Macintosh on a compilation CD titled "Super Duper Arcade 1", along with Spy Fox in: Cheese Chase, Pajama Sam's Sock Works and Freddi Fish and Luther's Water Worries and .
- Putt-Putt and Pep's Dog on a Stick was released for Windows and Macintosh on a compilation CD titled "Super Duper Arcade 2", along with Spy Fox in: Hold the Mustard, Pajama Sam's Lost & Found and Freddi Fish and Luther's Maze Madness.
The series takes place in a fictional Earth that is civilized by anthropomorphic vehicles, devoid of humanity. However, unlike the world of Disney Pixar's Cars animated film series, the vehicles also co-exist with flesh-and-blood animals, some who are also anthropomorphic.
- Putt-Putt - A purple convertible car, full fun and excitement and happy to help those he meets. His name was given to him by his father, who enjoyed to play mini golf.
- Pep - An abandoned puppy, whom Putt-Putt adopted in the first game of the series, and has been his pet and best friend ever since.
Baby Animals (Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo)
- Baby Jambo the Elephant - An elephant calf who has the fear of mice. He later returns in "Putt-Putt Joins the Circus," traveling with B.J. Sweeney's circus with his mother, Mama Mombasa and spends his time outside the menagerie tent, painting pictures.
- Masai the Giraffe - A giraffe calf who gets stuck at a drawbridge
- Kenya the Lion Cub - A little lion cub resemebling Nala from The Lion King (and its 2019 remake), voiced by Kathleen Young
- Samantha "Sammy" Seal - A seal pup who does tricks and stunts
- Little Skeeter the Snake - A young snake who is frozen in Articland
- Zanizbar the Hippo - A hippo calf who lives in Jungleland
- Mr. Baldini - The Italian proprietor lorry of the Cartown Grocery Store. Putt-Putt frequently makes grocery deliveries for him in exchange for coins.
- Ms. Bundlebugget - The Cartown librarian trolley, who keeps interesting keeps, which Putt-Putt reads when he gets a chance.
- Mr. Firebird - The Cartown scientist whose inventions often backfire and become dangerous to others.
- Mrs. Goodbake - Cartown's jolly and gold-hearted cake baker van, who makes delicious confectioneries.
- Outback Al - The zookeeper and owner of the Cartown Zoo. He speaks with an Australian accent, like Steve Irwin and Crocodile Dundee.
- Rover - A friendly moon buggy who was deserted on the moon, until Putt-Putt gave him a ride back to Earth.
- Smokey - The Cartown Fire Engine Chief, who is a red fire truck that gives safety tips to those he meets.
- Mrs. Widget - The cheerful toy shop bumper car, who often has a product on the house.
Pep's Birthday Surprise-only characters
- Caristas - Two caravans that make and serve hot cocoa. Chuck Wagon first appeared in "Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo," offering Putt-Putt cotton candy, hot cocoa (For Little Skeeter) and Cheese Squigglies (To lure the mouse away from frightening Baby Jambo).
- Hank - A police car, who makes a record of the world's biggest twine as a hobby. He returns in "Putt-Putt Joins the Circus" as the circus' security guard who lets go Putt-Putt backstage to meet the performers after getting his backstage pass signed by B.J. Sweeney.
- Mr. Kibble - The Cartown Pet Store Truck, who sells pet food and supplies.
- Marvin - An auto-mobile Magician who entertains people at parties who talks like Peter Lorre. He returns in "Putt-Putt Joins the Circus" as the magician in B.J. Sweeney's circus.
- Mildred - A three-wheeled mail truck, who has a knack at keeping secrets.
- Reginald Windbag, III - A mobile inflator also called 'Reggie', who comes from a long line of inflators.
- Sunshine - A happy, carefree van who sells odd sorts of items.
- Torvil - A farm tractor, who tends to the barnyard.
Putt-Putt Joins the Circus
- Roll-Along Cassidy - The circus train's locomotive who gives Putt-Putt a ride to the circus grounds after a goat eats his circus ticket.
- B.J. Sweeney - The owner and ringmaster of his circus. His name is a play on P.T. Barnum.
- Honko the Clown - A clown car who performs in B.J. Sweeney's circus. His name is a play on Harpo Marx because they communicate by honking.
- The Flying Porkowskis - A family of pigs who perform as the acrobats in B.J. Sweeney's circus.
- Phillipe the Flea - A French flea whose flea circus is a red-and-white-striped umbrella for a tent. He and the other fleas traveled from Belobrodnik Bear to Pep until Putt-Putt got a new umbrella for a new tent for his flea circus.
- Reginald Cornelius Andronocles III - Also called "Reginald the Lion" for short. He speaks with a British accent and is assisted by two tigers named Terri and Marie in his wild cat act for the circus.
- Katie Cannonball - The circus' human cannonball. She speaks with a Southern accent.
- Bette Bandwagon - A calliope who is the circus accompaniment, conductor, and orchestra rolled into one. After Putt-Putt fixes her pipes and she blows out a Honk-ish translation book which Putt-Putt uses to talk to Honko the Clown, she'll sing a song for him.
- Belobrodnik Bear - A Russian dancing bear.
- Francine - A high-diving hippopotamus who accidentally gets her bathing suit switched with Reginald the Lion's cape.
- Sebastian the Juggling Seal - A seal Putt-Putt meets in the menagerie of B.J. Sweeney's circus who is having trouble with his juggling act at first because one of his juggling pins got mixed up with Honko the Clown's nose, but got the act right when Putt-Putt brings him the third club after Marvin's card trick has no match.
- Circus animals - The other circus animals in the menagerie tent of B.J. Sweeney's circus, consisting of two monkeys, a horse, a rhinoceros, a cockatoo, and a camel who sing "We're the Animals in the Circus."
- Ivan the Semi-Strong Van - The replacement for Pectoro the Strong Van in B.J. Sweeney's circus who becomes strong after Putt-Putt finds the recipe for Pectoro's power shake.
- Bart - A peanut cart who gives Putt-Putt a bag of peanuts (For Mama Mombasa) if he wins the Peanut Challenge.
Various Children's books about Putt-Putt have been published by Lyrick Publishing and Random House. A cassette tape audio adaptation was created for "Putt-Putt's Night Before Christmas".
|Putt-Putt's Night Before Christmas||January 1, 1995||Laurie Bauman Arnold||Humongous Entertainment, Inc.||Derek McCaughan, Edward Pun|
|Putt-Putt and Pep||May 7, 1996||Del Thompson||Random House Books For Young Readers|
|Putt-Putt: The Great Pet Chase||July, 2000||Laurie Bauman Arnold, Tricia Legault||Lyrick Publishing|
|Go, Go, Putt-Putt Go!||2000||Laurie Bauman Arnold, N.S. Greenfield||Lyrick Publishing||Darren McKee|
|Putt-Putt: Lost In Time||January, 2001||Nancy Parent||Lyrick Publishing||Josie Yee|
|Putt-Putt: Race Against the Clock||July, 2001||Gayla Amaral||Lyrick Publishing||Sue DiCiccio|
|On the Road With Putt-Putt||July, 2001||Lyrick Publishing|
The Putt-Putt series received various awards including "All-Star Software Award" from Children's Software Revue, "Reader's Choice Award" from Mac Home Journal and "2000 Best Picks Award" from Choosing Children's Software.
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