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  • Summary: Antarctica, 1964.

    A crashed aircraft, tail to the sky. Cambridge academic Peter stumbles from the wreckage in search of help, fighting the cold. As his attempts to escape the ice grow more desperate, the lines between his past and present begin to blur. A love story between
    Antarctica, 1964.

    A crashed aircraft, tail to the sky.

    Cambridge academic Peter stumbles from the wreckage in search of help, fighting the cold. As his attempts to escape the ice grow more desperate, the lines between his past and present begin to blur.

    A love story between colleagues Peter and Clara, set against the backdrop of the Cold War, South of the Circle is a narrative adventure game about memory, survival, and the consequences of not dealing with the past.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jul 29, 2022
    90
    South of the Circle is a great narrative experience, with a lovely visual style that delivers a heartfelt story in an impactful way.
  2. 88
    South of the Circle is a weird and fascinating experience, that mixes poor gameplay with a great script. It's essentially an interactive film, where all we're asked to do is look at the screen.
  3. Aug 5, 2022
    85
    There was a lot of meticulousness shown in the creation of a story-based game like South of the Circle. Though it’s not perfect, and the gameplay may not be to your liking, the level of interactivity and immersion that emanates from Peter’s life is impressive. Just like a cinematic film, it left me thinking about the experience. the characters, and what I had just witnessed. I felt like I had left a movie theater with a satisfied grin on my face.
  4. Jul 29, 2022
    80
    South of the Circle is a must play for people who love story-driven games.
  5. Jul 31, 2022
    80
    South of the Circle is as good a game today as it was years ago. The PC version improves the graphics slightly and is perfectly playable even without the use of the touch screen or "the mobile approach." It can be played in small bites or as a movie to be completed in one or two evenings. If you do not have access to Apple Arcade and have yet to try State of Play's narrative adventure, you now have no excuse. Avoid it only if you can't stand limited gameplay or if you want every single choice to have a huge impact on the scenes and plot.
  6. Jul 29, 2022
    80
    With wonderful acting. writing, and striking visuals, South of the Circle is an experience worth seeking out, even if the dialogue options and movement are lacking.
  7. Aug 1, 2022
    65
    South of the Circle is barely a video game and would have probably worked better as a movie. Players who don’t quickly become engaged with the story will have a tough time finding reasons to push on. And even for those who want to see how the narrative ends, some sequences drag on with limited payoff. Titles in the walking simulator space can make for impressive video games but they need to establish a solid emotional connection quickly. South of the Circle does have great moments and narrative threads that coalesce in an interesting way. But the development team at State of Play needs to work on pacing to make sure that players stay engaged.

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  1. Aug 4, 2022
    7
    7/10
    (2-hours review)
    Let's start with the fact that this is an interactive novel, most of the scenes here are everyday dialogues that
    7/10
    (2-hours review)

    Let's start with the fact that this is an interactive novel, most of the scenes here are everyday dialogues that minimally move the plot forward, you will just chat with a girl, friends, boss, in flashbacks, and, at the same time, sadly walking or looking for help in the snow in real life, for such a "indie" game, the animations are great, there is even facial expressions, the picture is minimalistic, but at the same time providing a sufficient amount of detail,
    But there are problems in the gameplay, who even came up with such a design of the selection buttons?, they give you 2 circles, in 1 some square, in the other some kind of triangle, and what should I understand from this?)What emotion does the little purple square at the bottom represent? They seem to write us the characteristics of the circles at the beginning of the game, but after 5 minutes they stop, and I just didn’t have time to remember, and I didn’t immediately understand that they are different, because the usual qte is also done badly here, no way it" intuitively clear", unclear enough just to press or you need to hold the button, but still the developers have foreseen such difficulties a little, in the menu you can press "help" and see the descriptions of all the circles, but again.. Firstly, you won’t immediately think of it, the second - it`s still difficult to remember which minimalistic picture is responsible for what,
    Because there is a bit of laziness, because the plot is also quite banal, we have a love story and career of a scientist working at a university during the Cold War.
    In general, a very specific product, but for a mobile game, which it was before the release on Steam, it is very worthy.

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    (2-часовой обзор)
    Начнём с того, что это интерактивная новелла, большинство сцен тут - это бытовые диалоги, минимально продвигающие сюжет вперёд, вы просто будете общаться с девушкой, друзьями, начальником, во флешбеках, и, параллельно немного печально идти, или ехать в поисках помощи в снегах в реале, для такой "индюшной" игры анимации сделаны великолепно, тут даже мимика лиц есть, картинка минималистичная, но при этом предоставляющая достаточное количество деталей,
    А вот в геймплее есть проблемки, кто вообще придумал такой дизайн кнопок выбора, вам даётся 2 кружка, в 1 какой-то квадратик, в другом какой-то треугольничек, и что я должен из этого понять?) Какую эмоцию отражает маленький фиолетовый квадратик внизу кружка?) Нам вроде пишут характеристики кружков в начале игры, но уже через 5 минут перестают, и я просто не успел запомнить, да и вообще не сразу понял, что они отличаются, потому что обычные qte тут тоже сделано плохо, ни разу не "интуитивно понятно" достаточно ли просто нажать или удерживать кнопку, но всё-таки разрабы немного предусмотрели такие трудности, в меню можно назвать "помощь" и увидеть описания всех кружков, но опять же.. Во-первых не сразу додумаешься до этого, во-вторых всё равно сложновато запомнить какая минималистичная картинка за что отвечает,
    Потому что и лень немного, ведь сюжетец то тоже достаточно банальненький, у нас есть история любви и карьеры учёного, работающего в университете во времена холодной войны.
    В общем, очень специфичный продукт, но для мобильной игры, коей она являлась до выхода в Стим, очень достойно.
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