When the truth is buried, go underground. Step into this new take on text-based adventure from the award-winning team behind Thomas Was Alone and Volume. A short story that hands you the fate of the world above, as a detective looking for answers on the Subsurface Circular.
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Very Positive (60) - 96% of the 60 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (421) - 96% of the 421 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Aug 17, 2017
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September 14

Subsurface Circular, nearly one month later

Hi everyone,

Thanks so much for your support of the game!

I've been talking publicly about some of our numbers
(here, for example) and they're all.. you know.. good :)

It felt like the right time to post a thank you here. The Steam community have been fantastic, and judging from reviews, it looks like the game has entertained everyone nicely.

We're going to keep experimenting with this short format, and I can't wait to tell you about some of the ideas we're playing with.

If you'd like to support us further, those Steam reviews are always helpful, and really, just keep telling your friends about the weird little robot train game you played on Steam.

Cheers,

Mike
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August 19

Update 2 - Secondary station bug fixes

Hi all, thanks for playing our game and your continued support.

Our second update.

While we fixed a bunch of train stopping issues with the first update, a couple of you were still having issues.. after some hunting, we think we found the cause: A cumulative error that broke the game after a high number of frames.. about 4 hours for us mere mortals, but at higher framerates, maybe as little as an hour of play. If you paused to do something else and came back, or you had a powerful rig, then that could cause this bug.

This update fixes this, and adds some debug tools for us to catch any straggling issues. As mentioned in the forums, the station stops are something of a code bottleneck, meaning the same symptom was caused by a couple of bugs... we're hoping this was the last of them.

As ever, we're in the forums keeping an eye, let us know if you run into trouble. And thanks for the steam reviews since the last update, they really do help. Things seem to be going well, and that's largely down to the amount folks are sharing and supporting the game.

Cheers,

Mike
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Reviews

“Subsurface Circular extracts maximum entertainment from limited resources through the admirable trick of great writing, excellent pacing, sparkling dialogue and bang-on story beats.”
9/10 – Polygon

“There are plenty of twists and turns to the point that you can never quite grasp the whole story until it’s closing out.”
4/5 – GamesRadar

“With a cast of well-realised characters, and a story that captivates from start-to-finish, Subsurface Circular's robot mystery will have your attention from the moment the train leaves the station.”
8/10 – VideoGamer

About This Game

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A detective stationed on the Subsurface Circular investigates a series of disappearances among the city’s robotic working class. Collect words and phrases, then use them in dialogue puzzles to uncover the world's secrets and determine its future.

Inspired by classic adventure games and modern dialogue systems, Bithell Games has created a single session story which respects your time and your intelligence.

Key Features



  • A mature, polished, one-sitting game.
  • Developed by the award-winning team behind Thomas Was Alone and Volume.
  • A graphical twist on the classic text-based adventure.
  • Uses 'Focus Points', a unique vocabulary-based inventory system.
  • Original soundtrack by Dan le Sac.

  • Comprehensive art gallery featuring the detailed work that went into this world.

  • Unlockable ‘BithellBot’, our interactive take on a developer’s commentary.

FAQs



If this game is ‘short’, what’s to stop me getting a refund when I’m done?

You’re browsing Steam, which means you understand the work that goes into games, and are in principle up for paying for ones that entertain you. We hope that after a bit of time with Subsurface Circular, you’ll feel good about the price you paid.

Do I need to have played other Bithell games to enjoy this one?

No. Subsurface Circular tells its own self contained story.

Why is the game only available in English?

As you can imagine, a text adventure game contains a terrifying amount of text, but more importantly, throughout the game we use the particular quirks of word ordering and double meaning in English to support the combination and recombination of threads. Put simply, other languages are going to be more than a straight translation: They’re going to need rewrites and changed design. Not impossible, but more than we could get done this time around. If the game proves successful, we’d like to revisit this.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated 2048 MB+
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: MacOS Sierra+
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated 2048 MB+
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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