South of the Circle

A masterfully executed cinematic feel.

The emotional and narrative-driven adventure South of the Circle is free, 100% free to keep — for Windows — in a time-limited GOG’s giveaway offer! Go get it! South of the Circle can normally cost US$12.99!

South of the Circle is an independent narrative-driven adventure that follows Peter, a British climate scientist who is trapped in Antarctica during the Cold War. It was developed by State of Play Games and initially released on October 30, 2020.

Published by State of Play Games (iOS) and 11 Bit Studios (PC and consoles), and available for iOS, Windows, macOS, Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, South of the Circle was received generally positively by critics. Furthermore, it has thousands of very positive reviews on Steam and is rated 3.4/5 on GOG, at least so far.

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About the game

South of the Circle is an emotional narrative experience with a deep multi-layered cinematic story. The main plot asks questions about the consequences of life choices, of pursuing either career or true love, manoeuvring between now and the past. You play Peter, a Cambridge academic who crashlands in Cold War Antarctica.

As he searches for help, his past unwinds before him, revealing how the pressures of power and his own aspirations have led him into this crisis he must somehow escape. A love story between him and fellow academic Clara develops, and Peter learns the weight of all the things he has promised. Like memories from childhood, some promises stay with us forever.

Masterfully executed cinematic feel

Created by BAFTA winners State of Play, the game’s beautiful aesthetic and nuanced writing underlines its sweeping cinematic scope, further enhanced by actors drawn from “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Gwilym Lee), “The Woman in White” (Olivia Vinall), “The Crown” (Richard Goulding), “Game of Thrones” (Anton Lesser), “Chernobyl” (Adrian Rawlins) and “Downton Abbey” (Michael Fox).


  • Compelling and immersive narrative with a unique sense of time and place.
  • Nuanced emotional choices.
  • Fully motion-captured performances to achieve emotional realism.
  • Rich, authentic setting of the historical Cold War era.
  • Environmental storytelling woven through the narrative.
  • Distinguished and consistent art style.
  • Crafted by State of Play Games, developers of BAFTA-winning Lumino City, BAFTA-nominated KAMI 2 and Apple Design Award Winner INKS, for audiences that seek emotional and heart-wrenching moments with a game.



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