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Putt-Putt Joins the Circus from Humongous Entertainment Offers Big Top Fun for Children of All Ages; Kids Can Enter Sweepstakes and Win ''Circus Trip of a Lifetime''.

Business/Entertainment Editors

BOTHELL, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 11, 2000

Humongous Entertainment(R), an Infogrames, Inc. company (Nasdaq:GTISD), invites children of all ages to join an adventure filled with spectacular spectacles, daring feats and humorous new friends in Putt-Putt(R) Joins the Circus(TM), now available on CD-ROM. Putt-Putt and his pal Pep(TM) take kids on a fun-filled quest through the Big Top, utilizing their problem-solving and memory skills to fix the mayhem and help get the five main circus acts ready to perform. Putt-Putt Joins the Circus, designed for children ages 3 to 8, is now available in retail stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $24.99.

In addition to exploring the circus with Putt-Putt, fans can enter the "Circus Trip of a Lifetime" Sweepstakes for a chance to experience circuses from around the globe. One grand prize winner will receive a trip for four to see five world-famous circuses, including Cirque du Soleil and the Peking Chinese Acrobats, in exciting locales such as Milan, Zurich, San Francisco, New York and Orlando. 25 first place winners will receive a one-year supply of The Original Circus Animal Cookies(R) and 500 second place winners will receive Humongous Entertainment's popular arcade-style game, Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-O-Rama(TM). The contest runs from July 1 to September 30, 2000. Kids can enter online at, or with entry forms found at local retail outlets or on bags of The Original Circus Animal Cookies.

In their sixth adventure, Putt-Putt and Pep arrive at the circus to find the ringmaster, Mr. B.J. Sweeney, and the circus itself, in a state of disarray. When B.J. Sweeney's Big Top Circus was set up, nothing was put in the right place and the five main acts are refusing to perform without their props. In Putt-Putt Joins the Circus, kids help Putt-Putt sort out the circus and get everyone back into the ring in time for the evening performance.

"The circus is a place full of adventure, excitement and fun. Putt-Putt Joins the Circus allows children to take those same experiences home where they can be enjoyed time and time again," said Andy Hieke, senior vice president and general manager, Humongous Entertainment.

While exploring under the Big Top, in the animal tents and around the performers' trailers, Putt-Putt and Pep encounter many entertaining circus characters including:

-- Phillipe the Flea, a star act from the French Circus who

prefers the finer things in life

-- Honko the Clown, who speaks only in Honkish, making it

difficult to communicate with him if you don't have the

translation book

-- Reginald the Lion, a regal actor who has an ego to match the

size of his roar

-- Ivan the Semi-Strong Van, who, without the help of Pectoro the

Strong Van's secret power shake, only has the strength of a


-- The Flying Porkowskis, Herb, Pearl and Hammy are the circus'

world-famous flying trapeze act who take to heart the old

saying "when pigs fly", but only with a safety net

As children discover the behind-the-scenes world of the circus, a wide variety of hand-drawn locations and revolving puzzle solutions enable them to find something new each time they play. Puzzles, musical surprises, mini arcade-style games and click points offer hours of additional fun. Kids can take the peanut challenge and shoot peanuts into hungry car mouths; create their own clown face with funny noses, ears, eyes and hats; test their skills at magic card concentration; concoct their own power shake and watch Putt-Putt's reaction to see how it tastes; or sing-along with the circus animals and performers.

Product Availability

Putt-Putt(R) Joins the Circus(TM) is available on hybrid CD-ROM for Windows(R) and Macintosh(R) platforms for a suggested retail price of $24.99 at retail outlets nationwide, by phone at 800/499-8386 or through secure online transactions at

About Putt-Putt

As the first character from Humongous Entertainment, Putt-Putt first appeared in Putt-Putt(R) Joins the Parade(TM), released in October 1992. Everyone's favorite peppy purple car encourages young adventurers to explore and learn about the people and places around town, solve collections of calamities and come to the aid of his neighbors and friends. Putt-Putt also stars in Putt-Putt Enters the Race(TM), Putt-Putt Travels Through Time(TM) and Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo(TM).

About Humongous Entertainment

Established in 1992 and owned by Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq:GTIS), Humongous Entertainment is recognized for pushing the edge in interactive storytelling and delivering high-quality, hand-animated CD-ROMs starring endearing original characters including Putt-Putt(R), Freddi Fish(TM), Pajama Sam(R), SPY Fox(TM) and more. Humongous Entertainment develops interactive Junior Adventure(TM), Junior Field Trips(TM), Big Thinkers! (TM), Junior Arcade(R) and Humongous Sports(TM) CD-ROMs that encourage kids to explore, discover and have fun.

Humongous Entertainment can be reached on the World Wide Web at, where kids can interact with Putt-Putt, Pep and their other favorite Humongous Entertainment characters, play mini-games, check out game demos, tips and tricks and other fun activities.

About Infogrames

Infogrames Entertainment, S.A. (Paris Bourse:SICOVAM 5257) is a worldwide leader in the interactive entertainment software industry. Headquartered in France, the company develops and publishes award-winning computer and video games for the PlayStation(R) game console, PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo(R) 64, Nintendo(R) Game Boy(R) Color, Sega(R) Dreamcast(TM), Macintosh(R), and personal computer platforms. Founded in 1983 by chairman and CEO Bruno Bonnell, Infogrames has published many award-winning franchises in its 17-year history, such as Alone In The Dark(TM), Test Drive(R), Driver(TM), Deer Hunter(TM), Oddworld(TM), Unreal, Independence War(TM), and V-Rally(TM). The company is also known for its best-selling and award-winning line of children's entertainment software from Humongous Entertainment starring Putt-Putt(R), Freddi Fish(TM), Pajama Sam(R) and SPY Fox(TM), as well as its successful Macintosh publishing label, Macsoft, the number one publisher of Macintosh entertainment software. In addition, Infogrames has a number of key strategic licenses including Warner Bros. Looney Tunes(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM), Le Mans 24 Hours(R), AM General Hummer(R), Harley-Davidson(R), and Dodge(R) Viper.

Based in New York, Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq:GTIS) is a majority owned subsidiary of Infogrames Entertainment and serves as the headquarters for the company's operations in North America. For more information, visit Infogrames' US Web site at

(c)2000 Humongous Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Humongous Entertainment and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Humongous Entertainment, Inc. These products and Humongous Entertainment, Inc. are not in any manner affiliated with Putt-Putt(R)Golf Courses of America, Inc. Other brand names and products may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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