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South of the Circle (2020) is a narrative adventure game about, Peter, a Cambridge academic who finds himself fighting for survival in Antarctica during the 1960’s Cold War. You must cross desolate terrain to reach British, Norwegian and Soviet Antarctic bases. As you do you discover a story about life at university and his relationship with a fellow lecturer, Clara.

It's visually striking through its emotional realism and well acted by the likes of Oscar winning Bohemian Rhapsody (Gwilym Lee), The Woman in White (Olivia Vinall), Belgravia (Richard Goulding), Game of Thrones (Anton Lesser), Chernobyl (Adrian Rawlins) and Downton Abbey (Michael Fox). But it's your choices and interactions that are most affecting. You control Peter’s emotional reactions which are played out through symbols and the game's cinematic environments.

"You can't change the past, but we can learn from it. Before we fool ourselves into remembering it too kindly," says a character at one point.

What results is a game about memory, survival, and the consequences of not dealing with the past. The unforgiving landscape is a backdrop for equally desperate attempts to come to terms with his past as the line between real and imagined blur in the snow.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked South of the Circle 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Narrative game. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Language.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Language, Mild Violence, Use of Alcohol And Tobacco.
Rated 12+ on Apple App Store, language, alcohol, cigarettes.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although there aren't difficult interactions it's a game with an interweaving narrative that requires both comprehension and reflection to appreciate. Some of the themes are more historic and require appreciation and interest in the past.

CostsCosts

South of the Circle usually costs £10.29.
 

South of the Circle

Steam Store PC £10.29
App Store iOS Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

App Store Apple TV Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

App Store Mac Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/10/2020

Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 20 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: State of Play (@State_of_Play)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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