Cultist Simulator: Initiate Edition

PLAYDIGIOUS, Weather Factory

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
63
Top Critic Average
33%
Critics Recommend
Based on 9 critic reviews
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Cultist Simulator: Initiate Edition

Rating Summary

Based on 9 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

63

Top Critic Average

33%

Critics Recommend

Based on 9 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchFeb 2, 2021

Developer: Weather Factory

Publisher: PLAYDIGIOUS

Genres: RPG, Simulation, Puzzle, Strategy

Cultist Simulator is a game of apocalypse and yearning. Play as a seeker after unholy mysteries, in a 1920s-themed setting of hidden gods and secret histories. Perhaps you're looking for knowledge, or power, or beauty, or revenge. Perhaps you just want the colours beneath the skin of the world. In this roguelike narrative card game, what you find may transform you forever. Every choice you make, from moment to moment, doesn't just advance the narrative - it also shapes it. Become a scholar of the unseen arts. Search your dreams for sanity-twisting rituals. Craft tools and summon spirits. Indoctrinate innocents. Seize your place as the herald of a new age. • Challenging roguelike gameplay - There is never only one history. Cultist Simulator doesn’t hold your hand. Experiment, expire and transcend death with a story-driven legacy system. Over time you’ll learn enough to wrestle the game to its knees. • Intense, immersive narrative – Combine cards to tell your own story. A hefty novel’s worth of choice-based storytelling from the creator of Fallen London and Sunless Sea. There are many paths through this game of ambition, appetite and abomination, and many ways your tale can end. • A rich Lovecraftian world – Corrupt your friends and consume your enemies. Search your dreams for sanity-twisting rituals. Translate grimoires and glean their lore. Penetrate the realm of the Hours and win a place in their service. Cultist Simulator brings the peripheral horror of Lovecraft’s tales to an entirely new setting. • Play with the DLCs - Expand your knowledge of the world. Cultist Simulator: Initiate Edition includes the first three DLCs. New legacies, new mechanics, new characters, new endings. - Dancer: Join the Bacchanal. Strip yourself of your skin. Earn immortality in an obscure cabaret.- - Priest: Knock, and Ye Shall Be Opened. Open the minds and hearts of your congregation. Fan the fervour of zealots. - Ghoul: Taste of the Graveyard’s Fruit. Paint the invisible arts in the colours of the dead. Consume the corpse of your followers to gain a little extra from their more interesting scars

Cultist Simulator: Initiate Edition Critic Reviews

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Small text aside, Cultist Simulator is a real merry-go-round of emotions, mixing horror, joy, repulsion and much more. It’ll take a couple of playthroughs for it to really get its tentacles into you, but when it does, you won’t want it to let to go.

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The new characters and mechanics of the DLCs are available upon starting the game. Overall, the game also runs like a dream. The kind of care to give Switch players an experience as good as other versions is really nice to see. I do have problems with the gameplay, like it being obtuse at first or the overall length of a run being way too long, but in the end, I enjoyed my time with Cultist Simulator.

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Athanasios
4 / 10
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"Seize forbidden treasures. Summon alien gods. Feed on your disciples. Play as a seeker after unholy mysteries, in a '20s-themed setting, of hidden gods, and secret histories[i]," says [i]Cultist Simulator to potential buyers, but, like in every Lovecraftian tale, the actual truth will drive you mad. What's the truth here? Well, it's that this is basically a tedious, resource management game, where nothing is explained, which will leave a great number of players scratching their heads, even after spending a significant time with it.

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Cultist Simulator: Initiate Edition is by no means a terrible game. It's just one that lends itself to a lot of trial and error coupled with a lot of dying. It's a story-driven card game with a Lovecraftian backdrop that will please the occult/horror fiction fan, assuming you have the patience to preserve. In this day and age of instant gratification, the long wait to finally figure out how to succeed in this game might be too long for most.

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