The Amazing American Circus

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a game by Klabater, and Juggler Games
Platform: PC
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The Amazing American Circus
The Amazing American Circus
The Amazing American Circus
The Amazing American Circus

Today we are talking about this really awesome game called The Amazing American Circus. I would wager that from the title alone you would think this is some kind of platformer game, but it is not. What we have here is a deck building game where you are trying to state your claim in the world of entertainment and become the next P.T Barnum. I think the idea here is really cool as there are not too many games, I have played that have had the circus as their setting.

Real Meets Fiction!

The Amazing American Circus offers a campaign and it is pretty spectacular stuff. The game is set during the last days of the American Wild West and you are traveling with your circus trying to make it big, entertain the people, and ultimately grow into an entertainment juggernaut. What is very interesting about the game is that it is not grounded in reality. There are also fantasy elements here with magic and old folktales coming into play.

Having a game set in the circus that is story driven is really cool. The only other games that I remember playing based on the circus are Circus Atari for the 2600 and the second Mickey Mouse Magical Quest game on the SNES!

Battling The Audience

Remember I said that this was a deck building game? Well, the gameplay of The Amazing American Circus has you “battling” the audience. No, you are not sending in strong men or lions to rob the audience. You are trying to entertain them! You are fighting their boredom as you use the cards in your deck to wow and amaze them into having a great time which ultimately leads to you making more money. There is a lot of strategy at play here as you will be going all over the country and what entertains one audience may not fly with another. The cards feature this gorgeous hand drawn art style and the whole game has a very appealing look to it.

Building Your Troup

As is the case with any deck building game, The Amazing American Circus has you needing to assemble a great collection of cards. The cards in this game are based on various circus performers and there are 15 different types of performers (with variations) that you can acquire. There are also many audience types as well and finding the right mix here is key. At the end of the day, you need the best cards you can get in order to put on the best show for the people.

The Caravan Of Courage

How about that for an obscure Star Wars reference? Another part of the game sees you needing to build up your actual circus camp. You need to make sure you have the right wagons to haul your circus from town to town.

There are 8 different circus wagons you can get and there are various upgrades that you can obtain to make your camp better and better. I think this is a great aspect of the gameplay and building a camp for your performers is a ton of fun.


For me personally, when it comes to deck building games, the premise and setting is what pulls me in and gets me invested. The Amazing American Circus is one of the best I have come across in this regard as it is such a unique idea for a game of this style, I like how you are battling the audience trying to get them from being bored to being amazed! If you like deck building games or just have a love for the circus, this is a game that I highly recommend you take a closer look at.


  • I love how the game is about the circus
  • They mix real and fantasy elements together very well
  • I love the old timey USA setting
  • The game has some amazing hand drawn art


  • It may be a tad challenging to get into
  • I wonder if they will add more performer cards with future updates

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System requirements:

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

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