Putt-Putt (series)

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Putt-Putt and Pep
Genre(s)Adventure, Edutainment
Developer(s)Humongous Entertainment
Publisher(s)Humongous Entertainment
Night Dive Studios
Creator(s)Paul Lombardo
Platform(s)DOS, Microsoft Windows, 3DO, Macintosh, iOS
First releasePutt-Putt Joins the Parade
October 30, 1992
Latest releasePutt-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.[1] 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.


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.[2][3] 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.

The games are supported by ScummVM and thus can be played on other platforms such as handhelds. Humongous has brought several Putt-Putt and other titles to iOS[4] and Android.

In 1997, Humongous made an agreement with Lancit Media Entertainment to create an animated TV series of Putt-Putt,[5] along with movies and home video releases.[6] However the plan was never put into action.

Several games from the original series were later re-released by Humongous on Steam in April 2014,[7] alongside games from the Pajama Sam, Freddi Fish, and Spy Fox series.[8][9][10]


Adventure games[edit]

Humongous Entertainment classified these games as Junior Adventures (for kids 3-8)

  1. Putt-Putt Joins the Parade (1992)
  2. Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon (1993)
  3. Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo (1995)
  4. Putt Putt Travels Through Time (1997)
  5. Putt-Putt Enters the Race (1998)
  6. Putt-Putt Joins the Circus (2000)
  7. Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise (2003)

Other games[edit]

"Junior Arcades"
Game Releases Developer/Publisher
Putt-Putt and Pep's Dog on a Stick October 15, 1996 (Win/Mac)
January 6, 2014 (iOS)
Humongous Entertainment
Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-o-Rama October 15, 1996 (Win/Mac)
1999 (LCD)[11]
April 17, 2014 (Steam)
Humongous Entertainment, Toymax (LCD)
"Activity Packs"
Game Releases Developer/Publisher
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.



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.

Main characters[edit]

  • 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)[edit]

  • 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

Recurring characters[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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.[23]

Putt-Putt Joins the Circus[edit]

  • 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".

Title Date Writer Publisher Illustrator
Putt-Putt's Night Before Christmas[24] January 1, 1995 Laurie Bauman Arnold Humongous Entertainment, Inc. Derek McCaughan, Edward Pun
Putt-Putt and Pep[25] May 7, 1996 Del Thompson Random House Books For Young Readers
Putt-Putt: The Great Pet Chase[26] July, 2000 Laurie Bauman Arnold, Tricia Legault Lyrick Publishing
Go, Go, Putt-Putt Go![27] 2000 Laurie Bauman Arnold, N.S. Greenfield Lyrick Publishing Darren McKee
Putt-Putt: Lost In Time[28] January, 2001 Nancy Parent Lyrick Publishing Josie Yee
Putt-Putt: Race Against the Clock[29] July, 2001 Gayla Amaral Lyrick Publishing Sue DiCiccio
On the Road With Putt-Putt[30] 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.[31]


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