Lovecraftian Card Game Cultist Simulator Pressures Players To Make Unholy Decisions

By Joel Couture . June 18, 2018 . 6:00pm

Cultist Simulator is a narrative-based Lovecraftian card game, one where players will decide whether to become obsessed over dark mysteries, form cults where they consume their followers, or summon foul gods, all while on a tight time limit.

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Cultist Simulator offers roguelike card play, having players choose cards to advance and shape the dark story. These will take the game in dozens of different directions, having players form cults, study forbidden knowledge, consume their allies, or go in any number of directions. It’s simply up to the player to choose from their available options as they appear, steadily creating their own story through what they do.

Many of these options feature a time limit, though, forcing players to make these decisions in a hurry. This puts pressure on players to pick something quickly, but also to make potentially disastrous or macabre calls with little time to consider the consequences, adding tension and uncertainty to the game that is in line with its horror inspirations.

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Authorities can make these decisions additionally complicated, as they will look to stop the player should they draw enough attention. Despite whatever depraved inclinations the player may pick up based on their choices, they will still gain a cause to follow over the course of the game, and must make decisions that will thwart authorities while still furthering their task and allowing them to engage in their sinister habits, all based on limited card choices and strict time limits.

Cultist Simulator is available now on Itch.io, GOG, the Humble Store, and Steam.


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