23 Aug, 2022
Cultist SimulatorCultist Simulator is a fun strategy game that initially looks like a card game but is really more of a cult-themed resource management game.
On each playthrough, we control a different character trying to start and successfully run an occult movement by balancing our knowledge, cult members, finances, and physical and mental health – all while evading detection.
The game is played on a table onto which cards are automatically placed, some of which represent actions that need to be completed before a timer runs out. Our goal is to consciously move cards around to fulfill these objectives and merge cards to see which combinations produce our desired results.
One of the best things about Cultist Simulator is that there is no tutorial. Instead, we’re simply thrown in the deep end and have to tinker with different things to see how they work, which is great fun to begin with. The way the game builds up tension by gradually cluttering the board with more and more timers to manage is also exciting and well-made.
However, I ultimately found the game somewhat frustrating. After sinking many, many hours into it, the game still felt like a lot of grinding for very little reward. The short paragraphs of text shown throughout are also slightly too vague to hold my attention and too short to create a compelling story – not to mention that we have to read the same texts over and over in each playthrough. By trying a bit too hard to be mysterious, the game simply became boring.
Cultist Simulator is a $6.99 premium game with 3 $1.99 iAPs adding additional starting characters. Some will love the game, but I suspect many will find it hard to get into, as the fun factor is outweighed by the steep learning curve and repetitive gameplay.
|Release date:||02 Apr, 2019|
|Last updated:||17 Feb, 2023|
|Game size:||428 MB|