Circus Electrique

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a game by Zen Studios
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
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Circus Electrique
Circus Electrique
Circus Electrique
Circus Electrique

Circus Electrique is one of those games that makes me say, how do people come up with this stuff? This is a real mashup of game styles with it being part RPG, part story driven drama, and part turn based tactics game! It has an awesome steampunk style and it is literally about a group of circus performers trying to save a steampunk Victorian era London! If that right there does not grab your attention then I do not know what will.

Turned Into Killers They Ave!

You were supposed to read that headline in a London cockney accent by the way! The plot of Circus Electrique is very, very intriguing to me and something I am legit excited about getting to the bottom of. The game takes place in a steampunk style Victorian era London and you are the person in charge of the best circus in the country. A strange thing has happened in London and people are turning into killers! Only a rag tag group of circus performers under your leadership have the skills to save the city!

London, How I Never Knew You

I have to say that the thing that really caught my eye about Circus Electrique was the tremendous presentation that the game has. This is probably the most interesting looking London that I have ever seen. Taking Victorian era London and making it all steampunk is just such a cool and unique idea. Add to this all the flash and pizzazz of the circus and you have a game that is truly amazing to look at.

Round Up, Round Up For The Ultimate Show

Part of Circus Electrique is about making sure that the show always goes on. Sure, the city may be going to hell thanks to all the people turning into killers, but that does not mean the show needs to stop! You have to organize and look after your performers to make sure that their skill, chemistry, and devotion to each other and the circus is just right so that they put on a show that will keep the people of London talking and spending money on your circus. You need to make as much money as you can not just to keep the circus going, but to make sure you have what you need to save the streets of London as well.

The Final Act!

I do also have to talk about the combat in Circus Electrique. This is a turn-based RPG style of combat. You can make up your party from 15 different types of circus performer. These range from strongmen, to clowns and fire blowers. Each different type of circus performer will have their own strengths and weaknesses that you will have to try and use to figure out the best combination of characters for your squad when you are battling. The battles offer you some deep gameplay that is fun, but it is also something that will require you to think tactically as well.

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This is a truly remarkable and unique game. It is unique in the very interesting and special story that it is telling, but Circus Electrique is also rather unique in how it is mixing up different styles of gameplay too. From managing your circus to taking part in turn-based battles! This is a game that has a great deal of depth and while I do worry that may put some people off. I do feel that for the right kind of player, this game is sure to be one that will make their shortlist for game of the year.

Pros:

  • I love the Victorian London steampunk setting of the game
  • The way different types of circus performers make up your party is really cool
  • I am truly digging the story that is being told here
  • The turn-based combat requires a lot of strategy

Cons:

  • The game looks fun, but it will require some real dedication from people to truly get into it
  • If turn-based RPG combat is not usually your thing, this may not change your mind

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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