After I play Cult of the Lamb I really feel all of those different video games inside it. I really feel Hades, I really feel Undermine (an underrated gem), I really feel Slay the Spire, the Binding of Isaac. Possibly I even really feel Animal Crossing, if Tom Nook had been the satan and the entire island locked in a cult – oh so it’s Animal Crossing! However even with all of that swirling round, Cult of the Lamb manages to emerge as itself, feeling unforgettably and irrepressibly distinctive. Whisper it however this might be nice.
It is a Roguelite motion RPG, in essence. You have obtained one shot at combating by a sequence of rooms, many with enemies, till finally you attain a boss to finish the mission. There’s a variety of slashing and dodge-rolling, and the tempo is quick.
However the completely different bit is the in-between, which is the place the theme of the sport actually comes by. You are a lamb saved by the satan as a blade hits your neck to sacrifice you. In return, although, the satan needs you to create a cult for them.
You do that by changing different cute little animal individuals such as you to your cult. Your eyes glow purple and so they’re whisked away on a demonic portal to your base, a small cutesy forest. Quickly, although, that forest is cleared for assets to construct your temples and shrines and different culty buildings with, and from these, you entry upgrade-trees.
There’s nothing significantly new about any of this, however what makes Cult of the Lamb so thrilling is the way in which it goes about doing it. The entire thing is dripping in demonic cult stylish. In some ways it could not look extra lovable: cute little woodland animals hop enthusiastically round a bubbly-edged world. However on the similar time the whole lot is discordant and cursed. Incomprehensible demonic voices (that sound so much like Jabba the Hutt…) play in your ear and encourage you to do horrible issues to your followers. It is a great juxtaposition.
And it is playful. Developer Large Monster, which I admit I had by no means heard of earlier than this sport, by no means misses a chance to leverage the theme for an exercise within the sport. In your temple, for example, you really give sermons to your followers as a way to increase their religion (an necessary gauge) in addition to move doctrines (to unlock follower traits) and conduct rituals. This all occurs in a dinky little church whereas your lamb chief floats from the ground, surrounded by godly (devilish?) mild. Large Monster did not have to understand this so intricately but it surely has, and it is endlessly pleasant to look at.
This care and element carries throughout to each space of the sport. Once you’re adventuring, you typically come throughout rooms that supply tarot playing cards, or heal you, or provide you with stone fragments, and it is by no means a throwaway second. All the time, there is a lavish scene in that cartoon-gone-weird tone.
Followers are greater than they appear, too. They’ve their very own traits and you’ll give presents to them, rising their loyalty till you possibly can, and I quote, “Take the whole lot from them,” which is horribly good. Plus, you should feed them after which clear up what comes out of the opposite finish earlier than it spreads illness.
That is the sport layering up, and as your base widens and evolves, extra layers emerge. A magic system is launched to fight, and the sport begins providing you completely different sorts of weapons and magic as you play. Tarot playing cards with passive buffs start to formulate into character builds, and ranges broaden to supply a number of routes, every with their very own issues. In different phrases, technique emerges.
How a lot technique and depth there finally is, I do not know. I have not seen a lot, only some hours. However judging by the scale of the upgrade-trees, and the variety of degree hubs (which you’ll be able to replay and evolve as you do) I am unable to but entry, there’s going to be a considerable quantity on supply. And if it is all as detailed as this? Nicely, whisper it once more, however Cult of the Lamb might be nice.