South of the Circle Reviews

South of the Circle is ranked in the 67th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
9 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2022

South of the Circle tells an emotional and thought-provoking tale that isn’t to be missed by those who enjoy narrative adventure games. I found myself caring more and more about Peter and Clara as I got to learn more about them and it isn’t often that you get an emotional video game tale that focuses so much on love while also talking about things like war and social issues. The game won’t take more than a few hours of your time but you’ll likely remember it for far longer than that.

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7 / 10
Jul 29, 2022

South of the Circle is a fantastic exploration of a complex and realistic character. The engaging and multi-layered story kept me engaged and definitely helped me forget I wasn't actually doing much playing. Unfortunately, the ending rather takes the shine off the rest of the game's eminent achievements. Just like the drunken pilot crashing his plane in the opening scene, South of the Circle fails to stick the landing.

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8 / 10
Aug 1, 2022

I really enjoyed the Lost-esque flashbacks that Peter has throughout the game, and how beautifully the game transitions between them. I also loved how natural the romance between Peter and Clara felt in developing slowly, over time, and how well the two work together. If you’re looking for a stellar story experience, South of the Circle has it in spades.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2022

South of Circle is a well written intense short adventure about life, love, choices an politics. The narration is brilliant and convey a very emotional trip through different timelines, even if the interaction is limited to dialogs and a very few other moments.

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9 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2022

South of the Circle is a great narrative experience, with a lovely visual style that delivers a heartfelt story in an impactful way.

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Unscored
Aug 9, 2022

A heartfelt adventure that balances the poetic nature of academia with the harsh reality of a world on the brink of war.

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8.5 / 10.0
Aug 9, 2022

South of the Circle presents an evocative narrative that will have you thinking about it long after you finish it. A unique minimalist art style paired with an excellent voice cast and soundtrack are the cherry on top of a heartfelt story. Unfortunately, the lack of impact from any of your decisions in addition to a relatively short run time hinder what otherwise is a flawless experience.

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8 / 10
Jul 29, 2022

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.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2022

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.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2022

A beautifully paced and emotive narrative adventure with some standout vocal performances, what South of the Circle lacks in terms of substantive gaming meat it more than makes up with an intelligently curated, heart-tugging tale that remains long in the memory after you've put the controller down. Holding up a mirror to our own era of social, political and economic turmoil, South of the Circle provides the sort of expertly crafted and keenly felt warm emotional storytelling that we could all perhaps do with right now.

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72 / 100
Jul 29, 2022

South of the Circle is a bold title that deals with mature themes. Its approach to storytelling is refreshing as it interweaves flashbacks to assemble a larger narrative. In addition to this, State of Play also respects its audience. They don’t oversimplify elements and allow you to interpret aspects. While the gameplay lacks substance and can cause some passive moments, the lovely design and spectacular score help make this a memorable experience.

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7.8 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2022

‎In the end, decision-making in the couple is based more on the anticipations we make in our mind than on the reality we live with that person, and for all this, South of the Circle tries to identify the variables that influence decision making and the problems that may arise when it is time ‎‎to take a path, take a risk, make a big change, or miss an opportunity‎‎.‎

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10 / 10
Aug 10, 2022

South of the Circle is the very definition of a masterpiece with its hyper-relevant story, phenomenal voice acting and Oscar-deserving dialogue.

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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2022

How much you enjoy South of the Circle will be determined by how much you like to engage with games on an intellectual and emotional level. It's a tricky balance to strike, but once it's beyond the first scene, South of the Circle has a lot more substance than its first impression lets on. It might be light on traditional gameplay, but it knows what it wants to say, and stays focused on that throughout.

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Pure Nintendo
Kira C
Top Critic
5.5 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2022

If it interests you, South of the Circle is a game worth playing at least once. But while I can tell that some heart was put into it, it does feel like one of those artsy games trying to seem deep. Other than a few instances, South of the Circle made me feel empty, thinking of how it could have been meatier. It's also priced a bit high for what essentially is a movie with little gameplay.

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Gamersky
前朝刘沛公
Top Critic
8.3 / 10.0
Aug 3, 2022

South of the Circle uses a unique narrative style and a very artistic way to tell a story about the Cold War that is good for us to savor.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2022

South of the Circle is a must play for people who love story-driven games.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2022

While it is a walking simulator at its core, South of the Circle contains great performances, beautiful visuals, and strong themes and commentary. It is worth experiencing at least once

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3 / 5.0
Jul 28, 2022

With a short run time, South of the Circle isn't meant to be for someone looking to stretch their gaming dollar.

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GBAtemp
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2022

South of the Circle offers a cinematic, narrative-driven experience that stands out with its minimalist visuals and captivating storytelling technique.

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