Circadian City Review
Oh boy, where do I start with this one. Circadian City is the kind of game that perfectly delivers exactly what it says it wants to deliver. Nowhere Studios said they created a game which is literally a life simulation game with the mixed in gameplay of farming stuff in your dreamworld. Sounds crazy right?
Circadian City is a game that I thought I would really get bored of quite fast. Instead, when I started playing, I was actually constantly interested in learning what else the game has to offer and how offer the “life simulation” part of it all would be taken in order for the player to really feel like they are just doing every day chores and tasks. Spoiler alert; it goes quite far.
The game starts off with a character creation segment with quite a few choices for your hair and the way your face looks but not that many for what you are wearing. Considering everything is pixel art, I did not mind it much and found it quite funny if anything. I created my pink haired dude and jumped right into it. I got dropped at a train station and my mom called me on the phone to tell me to go buy a ticket from the station fella. The guy at the booth taught me a few things about the game and then I took my ride to the city where I was going to start doing a daily job.
This is where things get wacky. Or not. Things are, quite simple in Circadian City.
There are a bunch of things you can do in the game, such as, spend time doing your daily job, speak to people all around the city who have very uninteresting dialogues or go around looking for things that seem interesting (for your character) and will end up raising your knowledge and your skills. Then in the end of the day, go to sleep for a certain amount of hours, wake up in your colorful Dreamland and do some crop farming there to pass the time.
The game has this Stardew Valley kind of feel to it, mixed in with a bunch of elements that make it feel very full with content. Despite the fact that all the characters in the game have very dull and unimagined dialogues with you, the game definitely offers a lot. There is quite the lack of tutorials around the place when it comes to learning the ropes, but once you give most things a try, you end up finding out for yourself how things work. Kind of like real life if you ask me, so extra points on the “life simulation” part for this one.
Circadian City’s best aspect is most definitely the way it looks. The pixel art may not be something extraordinary, but the art style perfectly fits the plain and simplistic gameplay, setting a life sim vibe quite perfectly.
Unfortunately for now, the game feels very farm-intensive and once you’ve discovered most of the things you are able to do, the best thing you can end up doing is actually farming certain activities over and over. The game is in Early Access though, so we only have to wait and see how things turn out for it in the near future or once the game fully releases.
You can find Circadian City on Steam.
You can watch the game’s trailer here.
You can follow the studio on their official website for future updates.
~Constantine “Kelfecil” Christakis
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