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Putt Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise - PC

by Atari
Windows 98 / Me / XP
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Help Putt-Putt plan Pep¿s birthday surprise in this cartoon-style learning adventure
  • Kids choose where the characters go; over 20 fun locations to explore
  • The adventure changes each time the game is played
  • Putt-Putt's friendly and polite nature reinforces good social skills and manners
  • Encourages critical thinking, creative problem solving, and teamwork

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00009EFZ5
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 30, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,003 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Listen...Think...Explore!   Join Putt-Puttin a fun learning adventure!  Product InformationPutt-Putt is a lovable little purple convertible with a go-getting attitude whoalways helps his friends!  Join him as he travels through Cartown gatheringeverything he needs to throw a surprise party for his best pal Pep.  It'sPep's first birthday party ever!Skills Learned Encourages critical thinking Fosters listening and memory skills Emphasizes the importance of teamworkFun Activities IncludedMeet the Characters -- Help Putt-Putt gather everything he needs for Pep's firstbirthday party ever.  As you drive around Cartown speak with all of theother cars along the way.  They may be able to provide you with clues oritems to help you!Mr. BaldiniMr. Baldini runs the Cartown grocery store.  He needs your assistancegetting his shipment of apples from Torvil.  If you help him out he maygive you some key ingredients for Pep's birthday cake.Ms. BundlenuggetShe's the town librarian by day and an opera singer by night.  ON someoccasions Marvin's magic hat has been accidentally switched with Ms.bundlenugget's opera hat.  Between helping folks with their literary needsand trying to keep a handle on the bunnies in the library she is desperately inneed of a little assistance.CaristasTasty hot cocoa here!  The Caristas outside the Bakery can provide a nicedistraction for Pep while you talk in private with Mrs. Goodbake.Mrs. GoodbakeCartown's baker has a heart of gold:  she brings joy to others by bakingwonderful cakes.  Putt-Putt may be able to provide Mrs. Goodbake with theingredients she needs to bake the best cake ever.  Once she's done with thecake then it's time for you to decorate it.Hank the Security GuardHank's lifelong hobby of collecting string has actually landed him in theGoodness Book of Records where he was encouraged to display his "LargestBall of Twine" for all to see. However Hank's i

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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a worthy addition July 11, 2005
My children (3& 5) are huge Putt-Putt fans. My older one has 'graduated' to Putt-Putt Travels Through Time, the most challenging and imho,best designed of them all.

Putt Putt : Pep's Birthday Surprise is slow, clunky and poorly designed.

It is as if marketing over-compensated for the complex _Travels through Time_ game (which has received complaints for it's complexity) and removed anything remotely challenging.

Putt-Putt must complete serveral tasks to prepare for Pep's birthday surprise. Before he completes each task he must distract Pep so he can talk in private with the other characters.

The most annoying example of this is when Putt Putt brings the ingredients for the cake to the baker. Putt Putt must ask Pep to fetch hot chocolate each time he wants to give the baker an ingredient and before he decorates the cake.

This is a waste of time, and is sloppy programming.

There are also a few glaring bugs. For example, after Putt Putt catches run away rabbits at the firestation(he must return them to their home, the magician's hat), they inexplicably are still running around until he gives the hat back to the magician.

This is a simple bug which should have been caught in testing.

I highly recommend Putt Putt goes to the Moon for 3-5 year olds (the apartment matrix is ingenious! It introduces the concept of a matrix in a fun way!), Putt Putt Enters the Race for 3-5 year olds, Putt Putt Saves the Zoo for 3-4 year olds, Putt Putt saves the Circus for 3-5 year olds and Putt Putt Travels Through Time for 5-7 year olds.

Check out the Freddi Fish series as well.

I recommend you don't waste your money on this game!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy Putt-Putt Enters the Race Instead! January 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stepford Putt January 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not designed properly for XP December 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Putt-Putt come back! May 13, 2004
By A Customer
My daughter (and I) have loved Putt-Putt. Particularly "goes to the zoo" and "racetrack" games. This game just does not run as well. It is slow and the speech is choppy. The voice of Putt-Putt has changed and not really for the better. I wish I would have read the reviews here before purchasing it. Everything the previous reviewers have said is true.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waaay too slow November 11, 2003
By A Customer
This game was unplayably slow on a computer that was adequate
for previous Humongous Software games.
Humongous is clearly capable of making playable games, so there
must have been something different about his one.
The alliance with Atari is new to me, as is their use of
Bink Video and Miles Sound System from RAD Game Tools.
Note that "Pajama Sam: Life is Tough When You Lose Your Stuff"
also has complaints about slowness on Amazon.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing November 1, 2003
My four year old and I played this, and neither one of us could wait for it to end. The game takes a long time to change from scene to scene, so much so that we thought that the computer had frozen. The game is not challenging, fun, or educational but is in fact very boring and basic. Definitely not what we have come to expect from Humongous Entertainment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Game works good.
Published 2 months ago by Mary Sopko
2.0 out of 5 stars Review
The game is a nice game to return childhood memories, but it wasn't really a game that I would constantly play. I just play and record it for my subscribers on YouTube.
Published 10 months ago by Ling
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as the reviews say
Let me begin with: I am a humongous Humongous fan. When I heard that Humongous Games had been bought out by Atari, and that they were putting out lackluster games, I was... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Cell User
4.0 out of 5 stars Putt-Putt is great for kids
Great simple game for the little ones, and the product shipped and arrived quick. My two year old found it easy to navigate. There are several versions of the game. Read more
Published on November 4, 2011 by S. A. Frech
5.0 out of 5 stars We love the Putt-Putt games!
These games are so much fun. My kids love to play them over and over. I was very glad to find it because we have used them from the library but never seen this one in a store. Read more
Published on January 14, 2011 by tholl
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Do not waste your time or money on this POC. Apparently Atari bought Humongous and then created this game as a follow on title to the popular (deservedly so) Putt-Putt series. Read more
Published on April 16, 2010 by James Tursa
3.0 out of 5 stars Pep's Birthday Suprise - Pretty good (too many bad reviews! YIKES!...
I used to feel bad about it even before I played it because of the plot. It felt like it ruined my Action Peps stories (see Putt-Putt Time Travels and Putt-Putt Circus reviews). Read more
Published on July 26, 2005
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