''Part of us hoped that Circus Empire was some kind of steampunk fantasia where someone managed to weaponise Barnum & Bailey's circus in the 1800s, which then carved out a dominion in North America before taking on the might of Her Majesty Victoria's forces. It's Carny-carnage! Alas, it was not to be. The devs have taken the more traditional management route. And, despite the obvious low budget, they capture more of the fun of the fair than you might expect.''