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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked South of the Circle 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 months ago.
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.
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.
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.
South of the Circle
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