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Vlad Circus: Descend Into Madness

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Blowfish Studios
Developer: Indiesruption
Release Date: Q1 2023

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'Vlad Circus' Is A Spine-Chilling & Immersive Narrative Game, Coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox and PC In Q1 2023 - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 28, 2022 @ 4:18 p.m. PDT

Vlad Circus: Descend Into Madness is a 2D pixel-art horror adventure where you Discover a story full of mystery and pain where every shadow hides a twisted secret or vicious threat, and no one is safe from tragedy.

In the year 1921, the famous Vlad Circus experienced an atrocious fire, causing hundreds of deaths and even more injuries when the owner's brother intentionally started a fire in the middle of the show. Years of love, money, and hard work turned to ash in mere moments, forcing the circus troupe to disband. After eight long years, the original ringleader has invited the original cast of carnies to form the act once again. Nostalgia and dread loom as former colleagues and friends are finally reunited, unaware of the horrors lying ahead.

Explore Petrescu’s Victorian inspired manor as Oliver Mills, the circus performer who created the clown character “Lazy Ollie”. Time and trauma has stunted Oliver’s memory, but speaking with old friends will clear the fog. Wander the property and reconnect with all members in attendance, taking account of their lives since the…incident, their recounting of the past, and their aspirations for Vlad Circus’ revival - logging all of the information in his journal for future reference.   

Deafening silence stalks the halls and hills ahead, but Ollie presses on unhindered by the eerie blanket of unease. Scour the shadow-eclipsed grounds, lantern in hand and senses on alert, in search of key items to access mysterious hidden areas. Keep a sound mind or risk encountering haunting figures lingering amongst the darkness. Act fast to escape or fight off the abominations, praying the Lord restores Oliver’s sanity in time.


Vlad Circus: Descend Into Madness melds a rich and captivating storyline with dynamic, fear-provoking gameplay that only adds to the experience,” said Diego Cánepa, lead designer, Indiesruption. “Players can immerse themselves with the spine-chilling story mode or grab a weapon and fend for their lives in challenge mode for those who want a more demanding combat experience.”

Key Features:

  • Fall into the evocative pixel art, envelop yourself in the all-encompassing sound, and be enthralled by rich dialogue.
  • A twisting, psychological horror tale with an unforgettable ending.
  • Puzzle-solving elements and survival mechanics.
  • Limited inventory with use, combine, drop and equip actions.
  • Over 50+ locations, 50+ items and 15+ characters.
  • Enchanting pixel art and dazzling 2D lighting system.
  • Personal diary helps you keep track of everything that's going on: notes, remarks, dropped objects and a map.
  • Experience a world of twists and surprises.
  • Original soundtrack.
  • Two difficulty modes:
    • Story - For players who want to experience the story with a moderate combat experience.
    • Challenge - For players who want a more demanding combat experience.

Vlad Circus: Descend Into Madness is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC (Steam/GOG) in Q1 2023, and will support for English, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), French, German, and Russian languages.



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