Edit: The Amazing American Circus has now been confirmed for launch on May 20th 2021.
Always fancied yourself as the greatest showman? Reckon you can hold your own as you rise the ranks to become a true circus legend? Roll up, roll up… The Amazing American Circus has today been announced for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS5, PS4, Switch and PC.
Due to release in 2021, The Amazing American Circus comes about via the Klabater team – they behind the likes of Crossroads Inn – and the creative minds of Juggler Games. It promises much too, mixing together a unique blend of a card game, tycoon elements, and an adventure title as you go about creating your very own wandering circus.
You’ll do this by collecting a strong deck of cards, gathering up a fantastic troupe of artists and performers, and travelling across the United States in the 19th century, in the hope that you can find it within yourself to challenge the legendary P.T. Barnum and make your enterprise the most incredible show of America.
“At Klabater, we are fascinated by history. We develop and publish narrative-driven games that depict vital and thought-provoking moments in life. We are currently focusing on the turbulent times of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Amazing American Circus marks a bold third chapter in our ambitious project of games that combine captivating narratives from that era with eye-catching art and compelling gameplay. The best-selling games We. The Revolution and Help Will Come Tomorrow were the first two chapters.” – Said Michal Gembicki, CEO at Klabater.
”Your worst fear is the audience’s indifference. Your best weapon is a dazzling amusement. Your artists are your army. Behold, the circus came to town!”
Klabater and Juggler Games’ aim is to ensure that The Amazing American Circus tells the story of the most iconic entertainment in American history. Set during the Gilded Age, the States is a turbulent place with serious social problems and rapid economic growth with railroads and industrialization leading the way. On the East Coast, a modern metropolis springs up, while in the west, cowboys and robber barons and farmers battle for a piece of the new American dream. Now though a whole new era is coming, and it may be the right moment for a travelling circus to flourish.
“The Amazing American Circus blends our unique artistic vision with meticulous gameplay design,” said Łukasz Janczuk from Juggler Games. “My Memory of Us was an important story of two kids escaping an oppressive system through varied logical puzzles. With The Amazing American Circus we want to offer an exotic world of pioneer entertainers, alongside a challenging card game and enjoyable management system.”
In The Amazing American Circus you will take on the role of an impoverished owner of a traveling circus. Working through a personal and multithreaded story, you will then bear witness to the multiple mysteries behind a uniquely American form of entertainment. Tasked with delivering a perfect show, The Amazing American Circus will thrust you into a special card duel between you and the audience; one where boredom is your enemy, and your performances and tricks are your best weapons. You’ll need to choose your cards wisely and try to figure out the mood of the crowd.
But as a travelling Circus owner, you will also need to look for new troupe members, attempting to gather up an exotic crew of performers. The question that follows though is whether of not you can deliver the best shows in order to win the audience’s approval – or die trying?
With the whole thing pushed along by a unique story filled with love affairs, hateful enemies, and magnificent shows with challenging audiences and quests, The Amazing American Circus is wrapped up in a writing style that resembles the dime novels from the turn of the 20th century
- Save a run-down circus, gather a troupe of performers, and dare to defy the greatest showman on earth – P.T Barnum himself.
- Enjoy an original and challenging card game. You will battle against your greatest enemies, audience boredom, and stagnation.
- Gather a group of extraordinary artists and twisted individuals, each with their own story to tell, and journey across the 19th century United States.
- Indulge in a story set in the turbulent times of the Industrial Revolution and the dusk of the Wild West era, and dive into the beautiful and grim world of the American folklore
- 100+ real historical and legendary characters from the verge of the 19th and 20th century to encounter, such as John D. Rockefeller, Susan B. Anthony, or Nikola Tesla.
- Experience an epic soundtrack inspired by classical circus music.
The Amazing American Circus will release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam in 2021. Check out the Steam page right now, and then hit up the trailer below. Don’t forget to leave us your thoughts.