A meeting of well-written characters, some unnerving moment, and classic point-and-click adventure beats
It’s games like Vlad Circus that do a great job of making the case for games, no matter how scary or creepy, simply being better when they have interesting and well-defined characters. With that foundation in place, established with solid writing and enhanced by decent voice work, it feels like the rest of the pieces of the experience simply fall into place more easily. The oddball group of former circus performers you’ll be meeting years after a terrible event, reminiscing with them and getting to know their stories, is easily the best part of this throwback adventure mixed with some pretty gruesome moments. For the most part they feel unique and distinctive, with stories worth getting to know, unlike your typical horror-esque game that usually won’t bother to develop any characters at all. The result is a pretty engaging old-school adventure that’s memorable, quite a feat to pull off this far into the Switch’s lifespan and in a category that has plenty of other options… just none that have this much pleasing flavor.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.2]