In Circus Electric (opens in new tab), you have two main tasks. Exploring the streets of London through the darkest dungeon style turn-based battles, and entertaining big top shows featuring the best cast you can find. Both require a surprising amount of strategy and planning. Piecing together synergistic combat moves across different character classes in combat can lead to disastrous twists that leave enemies unable to move. Meanwhile, finding great chemistry between the performers in your circus show la FIFA Ultimate Team will yield better crowd reactions and more resources to work with.
But I threw all that out the window and decided that my circus would be made entirely of clowns.
The press preview build left me at the start of the game and after being introduced to the world of Circus Electric, where an electric phenomenon called “The Maddening” turns everyday Londoners into vicious killers, it’s time to team up your cast. there is time. Some people will accompany you as you hit the streets and try to figure out what happened to this strange steampunk world that doesn’t take itself too seriously but has many secrets, while others hold the fort and the show goes on. live.
Your starting squad consists of a single clown with a strong man, a firefighter and an escape cast, who can all fill different combat roles depending on their abilities and where they’re stationed in your team of four. That is, until you do what I did. As soon as I raised some money winning shows and fights, I fired all the fighters who weren’t jokers and hired every new joker to train bringing in new talent. Oh yes.
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I put the tanky clowns Emil and Timothy in front of my investigative team. Lodge backed him with some useful range abilities, such as the mock throw, where he strikes a ball with his mallet in the face of damaging enemies and possibly breaks any defensive stance. If needed, he can even jump to the front with his taunting ability and become my new tank. In the end, Pablo sat at the back in the least effective position for a Joker, where only three of his six abilities could work. But his job was just to hit whoever took the most damage and occasionally threw a small ball at enemies, creating the most pathetic-looking, but situationally effective, attack in any game.
As we reached the later stages of the first London district, where you are free to choose your own path and your battles, but are always heading towards the final battle, it became clear that my team of clowns might not be the best call. can. In combat, you either defeat your opponents by inflicting enough damage to kill them, or you drop their “devotion” to zero, causing them to flee the battle. This creates opportunities for clever plays that don’t involve hitting people with a clown mallet until they die, and it works both ways. If one of your performers loses all devotion to the circus they will run away, never to be seen again.
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When I fielded a more diverse team, I beat enemies both ways, and the fights were quicker. But with Joker, who is a tank and healer, it became clear that my team was lacking in damage dealing, and the only ability that would reduce a small amount of devotion, the ball throw. It was hilarious to see an enemy running away from the fight after being hit slowly with a small ball, but it wasn’t exactly skillful. It took anywhere from three to 10 ball strikes to nullify some enemy devotion, which is honestly impressive. If someone threw the ball at me more than three times in a row, I’d take the hint and go too fast…
Back home, the B-team of clowns, who can sometimes get a trip to the streets if another member needed an overnight recovery, were putting on consistently average shows, which received star ratings in between. So that gave me enough resources. To continue my journey but was not giving me the power spike that would have been possible if I had separated the cast for maximum chemistry. Philip, who was my main event joker, would have done better if I had included a robot bear in the card earlier, but would have been worse if there was an acrobat before that.
If the demo hadn’t finished, it felt like my Joker’s power was starting to drop, it’s likely that my lack of resources would have exacerbated the issue. Experiment Result: Team with only Joker is not recommended. However, a cast of 15 types are planned for a full release. There’s no date on this yet, but Circus Electric is out September 6. you can find it on steam,