Set in a steampunk version of Victorian London it’s pitched as a “part story-driven RPG, part tactics and circus management game.” After a mysterious event known as The Maddening turns everyday Londoners into violent killers, it is up to the circus’ strongmen, fire blowers, clowns and other performers to save the day.
You must defend the city, recruiting new entertainers and strategically juggling their positioning and abilities in tactical turn-based battles “against bobbies and British sailors gone bad, aggressive posh girls, the occasional menacing mime or robobear and other over-the-top Victorian archetypes.”
The game also has an “intricate” Devotion system, which will influence your characters’ morale and performance both in battle and at the circus shows you manage.
The publisher has outlined the game’s key features as below:
- Electrifying RPG Combat: Assemble an amazing team of acrobatic artists. Choose from 15 playable archetypes like Strongmen, Fire Blowers, Escape Artists, Clowns, and other classic circus performers, each offering a deep variety of tactical skills and decisions in battle. Balance their positioning and abilities strategically to overcome whatever challenges you may encounter.
- A Circus Like No Other: Immerse yourself in a striking world and story based on vintage circus posters, Victorian-era archetypes and classic steampunk charm.
- Manage the Greatest Show in Steampunk London: The show must go on! Rebuild the circus to its former glory and beyond, recruiting and training the most talented performers from around the world. Their skill, chemistry with one another, and overall Devotion combine to determine the success of each show – and you’ll need every shilling you can get to keep the lights on.
Circus Electrique will release digitally on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide on 6th September 2022.