“The Amazing American Circus” Coming to PC & Consoles This May!

The Amazing American Circus game 2021
The Amazing American Circus (Image: PR)

Klabater, in partnership with Juggler Games, has announced that The Amazing American Circus will be made available for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and the Nintendo Switch on May 20, 2021.

The Amazing American Circus is a single-player game that allows you to create and manage a circus empire. The upcoming indie game features a deck-building mechanic, hand-drawn environments, an interactive audience, and more.

I’m not the biggest fan of business-building or tycoon games, but The Amazing American Circus does look interesting because of what it has to offer (judging by the description and promo material).

You can go ahead and play the PC demo which is exclusively available at the Steam Game Festival (February 3 – February 9). 

The description reads:

The Amazing American Circus relives the great days of 19th-century American circuses where players can build their circus empire, manage it and perform however they choose. It explores the behind-the-scenes organization of circuses, the bizarre folklore, brutal crimes, and social inequality of 19th century American entertainment. This unique experience delivers the story of a struggle between a newcomer and an industry giant – P.T. Barnum. Like Slay the Spire, The Amazing American Circus brings a fresh approach to the deck-building genre. Players can use collectible cards to perform incredible circus stunts and wow their audiences. The game has a non-brutal approach to reliving the performances of American circuses.

Considering P.T. Barnum’s history, I’m so here for making him lose in the circus niche. You should also read Jamie’s article on Jenny Lind.

A gameplay trailer has been released!

The paranormal creatures in the audience surprised me. I wonder if some of the circus artists we can employ will also be supernatural.

The Key Features include:

  • Saving a run-down circus, assembling a troupe of performers, and challenging P.T. Barnum.
  • Recruiting and training over 15 different types of circus artists.
  • Taking part in exciting battles in the circus arena using the beautifully illustrated collectible cards.
  • Upgrading your circus caravan by using different types of wagons (over 100 possible modifications).
  • Meeting both historical and fictional characters deeply embedded in American folklore, such as John D. Rockefeller, Susan B. Anthony, or Nikola Tesla.
  • Immersing yourself in a story taking place during the turbulent era of the fading Wild West and entering the beautiful and dark world of Native American folklore and the immigrant populace.
  • A unique soundtrack inspired by classic circus music.

The Amazing American Circus will offer 170 hand-illustrated cards. The 15 types of circus artists include mimes, acrobats, strongmen, and more. There are 12 different circus wagons for unlocking new skills and options. The game has 16 different types of audience, whom you have to attract and entertain. There are 90 cities and towns for you to visit with 4 distinct geographical regions.

You can expect The Amazing American Circus to be released on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and next-gen consoles on May 20, 2021.

Take note; Klabater will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on February 9, 2021.

Make sure to visit the game’s Steam store page here.

As for Klabater, it’s a global production and publishing house. The company works to take the load off developers’ shoulders and helps them focus on developing their vision into a successful game.

Juggler Games is an indie game developer studio (My Memory of Us) with the aim to tell meaningful stories that convey a unique artistic vision.

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(via press release)

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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