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Cultist Simulator

Humble Bundle, Weather Factory
May 31, 2018 - PC

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Critic Reviews for Cultist Simulator

A dark, engrossing, and challenging narrative card and crafting game.

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A magnificent nightmare, for those with the stamina to master the gruelling card game that houses it.

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Steve C
7 / 10

I was surprised by my experience with Cultist Simulator as it should have been a game that really grabbed me. The mood, the setting, and the pedigree of the writing are all perfectly in line with my interests, but I found the combination of the card playing and having to sit at a PC never truly gelled.

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Though I have some minor quibbles about the game's interface, I find myself returning to its world again and again.

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While I can appreciate the game's own attempt at experimentation with its indefinite gameplay, tabletop format, and fragmented story, I could not find much enjoyment in constantly wondering what I was doing and asking myself why I was still playing.

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Cultist Simulator forges card game mechanics with a branching cosmic horror story, but exactly how well do these elements blend together?

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If you already enjoyed previous Fallen London escapades like Sunless Seas, there's a good chance you'll enjoy Cultist Simulator as well. It's certainly not the easiest game to break into, but then again it was never really meant to be either. Cultist Simulator isn't afraid to keep its greatest rewards locked away for only the most patient and clever players to find, and there's a lot of potential enjoyment to be had for players who relish the journey as much as the destination.

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Cultist Simulator is a posthumanist spiral that, like its endless card combinations, is greater than the sum of its parts.

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