Percentile Rank

Cultist Simulator is ranked in the 70th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 19 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

53%

Critics Recommend

Based on 19 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
May 31, 2018

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

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Scored Reviews

GamesBeat
90 / 100
90 / 100
May 31, 2018

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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MSPoweruser
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2019

Cultist Simulator’s mobile port is a shining example of how to port a game without sacrificing what makes it so great.

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RPG Fan
90%
90%
May 31, 2018

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

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PC Gamer
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jun 1, 2018

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

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 31, 2018

Cultist Simulator won't be for everyone as the learning curve is fairly steep and it is a pretty unforgiving game. Anyone who loves puzzles, interesting games and solid narrative will find a lot to love.

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GameSkinny
Jun 6, 2018

Cultist Simulator may have a high learning curve, but the meaningful rewards matter to you, and the variety of choices encourage you to experiment during each game.

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CDavis_Games
Jul 29, 2018

Cultist Simulator is one of the most interesting games I’ve played in years. It can be too slow at times but the hours disappear while playing. There’s always the desire to study one more book, go on one more expedition, or take one more trip to the Mansus. You never know what you might find.

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Gamer Escape
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 30, 2018

At the end of the day, the one thing I can definitively say is that it is a game that I enjoyed, but also one where I can very well understand if others dislike it.

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Screen Rant
Jun 18, 2018

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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Chalgyr's Game Room
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2018

As far as I can tell, the game is deterministic, and if you play correctly, when you learn what playing correctly even IS, then you shall succeed and ascend to your rightful place.

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GameCrate
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2018

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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Geeks Under Grace
7.5 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Andrew Borck
7.5 / 10.0
May 31, 2018

An well-done simulation of a tabletop card-drafting game, Cultist Simulator can draw you in, and without realizing it, minutes or hours will have gone by. Its subject matter and large amount of reading will be a downside for some, but if you enjoy games set in H.P. Lovecraft-ian worlds, you will enjoy this game a lot.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jun 1, 2018

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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COGconnected
67 / 100
67 / 100
Jun 4, 2018

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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Old Grizzled Gamers
53 / 100
53 / 100
Jul 4, 2018

There are some solid ideas that carry you fluidly through the first few hours but the more you play, the more you realize that you're being brainwashed to think that menial work is fun

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The Digital Fix
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2018

With so little gameplay and almost no visual flair, the combination of broadly described ideas and impetus on the player to find their own story just don't come together. It's like the bare bones of a game without any of the meat.

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Kinglink Reviews
2 / 5.0
2 / 5.0
Feb 24, 2019

An interesting card game focused on discovery of the rules as part of the game, however without an easy way to explain the rules, players can quickly find themselves stymied by its impenetrable logic.

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The Indie Game Website
4 / 10
4 / 10
Jun 11, 2018

Cultist Simulator is about a world out to get you at every turn through illness, madness, despair, and sacrificial rituals. It’s just a shame the game seems to kill your fun too early.

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