Inscryption

Rating Summary

Based on 46 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

98%

Critics Recommend

Based on 46 critic reviews
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Tom Marks

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2021

Inscryption is as consistently fun as it is surprising, with a wonderfully creepy story cleverly tying its ever-evolving mechanics together.

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Essential
Oct 22, 2021

A bold, stand-out, knockout of a card game that drips with imagination and menace.

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69 / 100
Oct 22, 2021

At its best when it's strangest, Inscryption doesn't know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em.

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Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Oct 19, 2021

A work of devilish cleverness that's both a mockery and celebration of collectible cards games and an increasingly disturbing horror story about the cost of victory.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2021

The card combat is engaging, and the larger narrative elements make Inscryption incredibly hard to put down

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Unscored
Nov 17, 2021

If first-person self-violence sounds like too much, approach this game with discretion.

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8 / 10
Nov 15, 2021

Inscryption is an excellent deck-builder that fades after an astonishing start.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2021

With that said, I did enjoy Inscryption. Part of me is tempted to dive back in to see if I can scrape any more secrets out of its cracks. Really, that’s where it excels: not the misdirection, but the hidden crawlspaces where it hides all the bodies. At its best, it feels like you’re actually uncovering a deeper plot. At its worst, it feels like you’re watching a magician pull handkerchiefs out of their sleeve. It’s cool, I guess, but you know they’re just screwing with you.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2021

Behind the solid card game mask hides a special, original experience, to be lived in one breath until the last surprise.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2021

‎Fun, addictive and mysterious. It superbly mixes concepts from card games with roguelike and escape rooms. A continuous surprise that sneaks among the most interesting independent games of the year.‎

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Unscored
Oct 19, 2021

A sinister and excellently crafted card game with a darkly comic underbelly

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ZTGD

Top Critic

10 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2021

All I can really say is that I think the narrative is extremely well done and I should have expected that coming from the guy who also created Pony Island which I thoroughly enjoyed as well. The art design and the audio design are also top notch.

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JVL
Kikitoès

Top Critic

18 / 20
Nov 5, 2021

Don't judge a book by its cover. Inscryption sells itself as a roguelite card game immersed in an anxious atmosphere, but it is actually much more than that. With an intelligent narrative, simple but surprising staging effects and mechanics that are renewed as much as the artistic direction, the game hides a lot of surprises and turns out to be a most singular experience, which does not care about the 4th wall.

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8 / 10
Oct 18, 2021

Inscryption's twists and turns are hit-or-miss, but the game's oddities are worth experiencing for yourself.

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10 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2021

Go into Inscryption as unspoiled as possible, and trust in the game. You will find a deeply enjoyable card game, wrapped in a series of dark mysteries, wrapped in…well…other stuff. Part CCG game, part escape room puzzle game, and part bonkers gonzo whirlybird lunacy, Inscryption is one of the best games of the year. They should charge more for a game this good.

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90 / 100
Oct 18, 2021

All in all, Inscryption is a great–and spooky–game that is constantly expanding and re-inventing itself, and I recommend it to anyone who loves horror. As long as you approach it with an open mind, a strong stomach, and the willingness to keep trying, you should have a great time with this title. Just remember: if you think the game is over in the first few hours, it’s time to hit the New Game button and see what you’ve unlocked.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2021

Inscryption turned out to be a small surprise, an indie title that breaks the rules of card games offering players something more elaborate and exciting, by adding in a mixture of roguelite, puzzle and horror. A pity that the game has no voiceover: it would have made its particular setting feel even more alive.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2021

Inscryption is a damn fun card game: a roguelite, a puzzle game and a horror story, and all this is barely enough to describe what on balance are only the first hours of the experience.

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Oct 18, 2021

It’s true that the game’s card-based randomness may allow some players to stumble through boss encounters without properly solving them. But what is the proper way to come at most things is a social construct. Allowing players to find their own, occasionally lucky, way through the game is a brilliant way to demonstrate Inscryption’s cards-as-life theme. There’s no one right way to live, and despite all your preparation, sometimes you may draw an unlucky hand.

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8.6 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2021

Inscryption attracts players with a Roguelike card-based feature, which has both gameplay depth and interesting card combat holding player's curiosity. When players become immersed in the game, the game shows a subversive change and it is quite different from what you thought the game was in the first look of the game. This experience is difficult to replicate and gave me a deep impression.

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