Review: Cultist Simulator (Steam)

Seize forbidden treasures. Summon alien gods. Feed on your disciples. Cultist Simulator is a game of apocalypse and yearning from Alexis Kennedy, creator of Fallen London and Sunless Sea. Play as a seeker after unholy mysteries, in a 1920s-themed setting of hidden gods and secret histories.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 275MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Graphics options- Resolution, UI scaling, Graphics quality preset.
  • Autosave interval slider.
  • Can click on anything for an info pop up window.
  • Roguelike narrative card game.
  • Feels and plays like a living card game.
  • Two game speeds- Normal and fast forward. Can be switched whenever you like.
  • Every action triggers a reaction whether it be a new set of cards or another card to play to trigger another card and so on and so on.
  • Lore- Everywhere and is sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes helpful to your cause, Sometimes detrimenytal to your goal.
  • The feeling you get when things begin to click and you grasp what is going on.
  • Upon death your actions dictate what choices you have in terms of your legacy and how your next game will begin/play out.
  • Every game is different.
  • It is a game that sticks with you l;ong after playing.
  • Gameplay- A mission or objective will appear and you need to drop a specific card (if you have one) into it in order for something else to trigger or have that particular event pan out. Its a game that can be hard to describe but seeing it in motion will increase your attention.
  • Health- You have health and must play health cards in order to keep your run going. You can lose health from a multiple of events and if you hit zero its game over.
  • Every card can be placed where ever you want on the massive board.
  • The stories told are a mixed bag but are all very well written.
  • Difficult.
  • Clear UI showing what your health is and cards in play, Timers over cards doing actions and so forth.

Cons:

  • No tutorial at all.
  • No idea what is going on, You are very much left to your own devices.
  • ConfusingĀ at times.
  • Very hard to put down.
  • Difficult.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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