Circus World

Excalibur Publishing is proud to announce Circus World, the first in a series of management simulations for PC-DVD and Apple Macintosh!

Take over a dilapidated ailing circus and work towards transforming it into a premier world class attraction. Your circus has been badly neglected by its previous owner and has been sold to you for a song, but it is not yet singing to your tune!

Hire staff and craft your own performances. As your reputation grows, so will your income. Will you upgrade your tent or invest in more skilled performers or will you purchase amenities such as refreshment stalls and gift shops for your audiences?

Using custom artificial intelligence specially created for Circus World - the "Appreciation Engine"  you can monitor your audience.- The Appreciation engine drives spectator appreciation. If your acts are poor, audience appreciation will be low. If your acts are well received, appreciation will be high. The Appreciation Engine also includes custom facial animations for each spectator, from frowning to smiling, to bewildered to disinterested and body animations such as bored fidgeting or appreciative clapping. In short, the Appreciation Engine brings the audience to life as an indicator of the success of the show. Only a skilled showman will keep the audience enthralled and the dollars rolling into the bank!

The Circus comes to life in full first person 3D, allowing you to explore the circus and its surroundings and view your show from a privileged ringside position. Featuring over 30 types of performer, from jugglers, to clowns, to the high wire act, to bareback horse riders, to elephants and tigers and much more. Each performer is animated in full 3D with literally hundreds of custom animations.

Managing your circus has never been so realistic or so much fun! Will you travel the globe with an awesome attraction or end up clowning around in a field with a tattered tent?

Only the best showmanship skills will sow the seeds of success!

Circus World has been developed by Excalibur's new in-house team, led by award winning developer Jane Whittaker, with 28 years experience in the games industry with companies such as Atari, Electronic Arts and Bullfrog. Jane has a swathe of over 20 chart hits including, Alien VS Predator, Darkseed with HR Giger, Ashes of Empire (Midwinter 3), Magnetron and Flying Shark with contributions to key franchises such as Theme Park and the Populous families of games. Jane has led the design team for First Class Simulations, sister company of Excalibur, with titles such as Around The World in 80 Flights and Pole to Pole. Jane has been 3 times winner of the Programmer of the Year Award and twice winner of Game of the Year. The prestigious US magazine Gamepro refers to Jane as "one of the finest minds in game design".

Gary Ward leads the art team with an impressive range of credits. In addition to being a renowned book illustrator and classical artist, Gary has 20 years experience in the games industry, working with the leading RTS and city building team, Impressions, and producing art for the phenomenally popular Grand Prix Manager series for Microprose/Hasbro, along with popular simulations such as Movie Studio Boss. More recently, Gary has worked with First Class Simulations to develop a number of popular aircraft simulations, including the Short Sunderland and the Stuka.

Roll Up, Roll Up, Circus World comes to town and pitches tent at the end of September 2011 for£24.99. Budding entrepreneurs looking for excitement and extravaganza, spectacle and success can visit and be flabbergasted at the features and marvel at the multitude of miraculous death defying feats of the pixel performers.

About Excalibur Publishing Limited

Excalibur Publishing and its sister label First Class Simulations form the publishing arm of Contact Sales Ltd. Contact Sales are proud to be the only independent UK owned publisher with a high street presence both at home and overseas. A success story built on a solid foundation of high quality products and a trusted reputation throughout the interactive entertainment industry. It's dynamic team of experienced industry professionals is led by Robert Stallibrass who brings over 20 years' experience in computer games sales and marketing to the forefront of the business.

First Class Simulations focuses exclusively on flight and train simulator expansions and has become a market leader in the sector, winning awards for titles such as Lancaster and Hawker Heroes. Excalibur Publishing offers a mix of engaging standalone PC games and PC simulations such as UK Truck Simulator, Farming Simulator 2011, Blood of Europe, Theatre of War and Farewell to Dragons and is no stranger to the UK sales charts.  A range of titles can be found at retail stores throughout Europe and all of the major UK retail outlets including; PC World/Dixons, Game, GameStation, independent stores and online at Amazon, and

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