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Putt Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise

by Atari (ATBB9)
Windows 98 / Me / XP
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / Me / XP
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone Everyone
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Description

Putt-Putt is a lovable little purple convertible with a go-getting attitude who always helps his friends! Join him as he travels through Cartown gathering everything he needs to throw a surprise party for his best pal, Pep. It's Pep's first birthday party ever!

From the Manufacturer

It's Pep's birthday and Putt-Putt wants to surprise him with his first birthday party ever! Join Putt-Putt as he travels through Cartown, helping various residents, reaping rewards, and gathering supplies for the party. With new friends to meet and new problems to solve, kids will love helping Putt-Putt get everything ready in time for the big surprise--a birthday cake, presents, decorations, and friends!

Game Features:

  • Cartoon-style learning adventures where kids choose where the characters go
  • Over 20 fun locations to explore
  • The adventure changes each time the game is played
  • Kids have so much fun they don't even realize they are learning
  • Putt-Putt's friendly and polite nature reinforces good social skills and manners
  • Encourages critical thinking, creative problem solving, and teamwork
  • For one player

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1.0 out of 5 stars Stepford Putt Jan. 24 2004
By A Customer
We had to install this on an XP account with privileges, and we still have no confidence it will not bomb. We gave up trying to install on Windows 2000 and 98 systems.
It takes forever to get through the scene chat. Our children are really patient; this is the first time we've felt compelled to use the Enter key to end the character chats.
The bonhomie is missing. Even down to the choice of Putt's voice. Putt used to seem about 7 years old, and now he sounds like his voice is about to change.
Putt used to be an innocent little guy, helpful and kind, but in this game, he must constantly get rid of Pep in order to discuss the party with co-conspirators. In most scenes, you must first click on Pep so that Putt-Putt can tell him to "go play with your friend", out the door, unsupervised...
Better to buy "Enters the Race" first, then try "Zoo", "Circus", "Moon", and "Parade".
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not designed properly for XP Dec 29 2003
By A Customer
My 3 year old son loved Putt-Putt enters the race, but I'm disappointed with this game and Window's XP. I had to install the game as Administrator, but my son's account is set up as a limited user to keep him from deleting important data from the computer. The game does NOT work properly from limited accounts and I can't find a patch to fix it. So far it runs, but you can't save/load any games. A simple bug that should have been fixed in normal beta testing. Good ideas, neat pictures - bad programming.
Update: I contacted their technical support. They gave me a useless response and didn't offer to help me solve it. Fortunately some web searches helped me figure out how to fix this.
BAD Technical support for this software.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YAY for Putt Putt! Oct. 22 2003
By A Customer
I was worried, because Humongous hasn't put out any new Putt Putt or Pajama Sam games for a while, but now there are new ones of each, and they are just as wonderful as all the others. Pep's Birthday Surprise is very sweet, and very simple, but is extremely entertaining and funny. The characters are really cute, especially the big hippy VW Bus named "Sunshine". The game changes a bit each time you play it, so it remains entertaining and challenging. Also, there are tons of different things in each room to click on, as well as some really fun mini-games. I buy these games for my nephew, but I always end up playing them myself. Definitely a bargain for some of the best children's software you're likely to find anywhere.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buy Putt-Putt Enters the Race Instead! Jan. 26 2004
Pep's Birthday Surprise is a definite let-down from Putt-Putt Enters the Race! The major flaw in the software is that the game is less open-ended and too full of animated scenes ... the charm of the Putt-Putt games is that kids are encouraged to use critical thinking skills and to figure out (sometimes obscure) problems. These features are curtailed in this particular game, as if the designers have lost faith in their audience's ability to problem solve and to do multi-step reasoning ... A minor but disconcerting feature is that Putt-Putt's voice has dropped in pitch, which will prove very distracting to Putt-Putt parent veterans!
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