Inscryption Review (Steam)
Our Inscryption Review introduces us to this inky black card-based odyssey that blends the deckbuilding roguelike, escape-room style puzzles, and psychological horror into a blood-laced smoothie. Darker still is the secrets inscrybed upon the cards…
Inscryption Review Pros:
- Brilliant graphics.
- 3.18GB download size.
- Steam achievements.
- Steam trading cards.
- Mouse and keyboard controls.
- Has one of the best websites for the game. (Link is below)
- Graphics – full screen, resolution, screen shake, and flashing.
- Roguelike card battler gameplay.
- Brief tutorial.
- You play at a table but in between matches you can freely walk around the cabin and interact with the environment.
- You are playing against a Death-like character seeing only his hands and eyes.
- Boss fights will be against a particular character like AN Angler or Prospecter. Beating a boss will give a choice of 3 rare cards and a one-time use special card.
- To play cards they need a certain amount of something to be played. One type is blood, and another type is bones which come from sacrificing cards in order to play a new card.
- Items – you can have a max of 3 and these are one-time use items like pull a tooth, squirrel card, make all your cards fly, or get a load of bones.
- Teeth are almost like a premium currency in a way, pull a tooth or earn them from beating your opponent, and teeth are used to buy unique items that can be turned into cards or items.
- Map – randomized map that you can navigate how you want and each icon means something. If you’ve played Slay The Spire it’s the same deal here.
- Special scenarios will get triggered like taking an ability off a card and discarding it then adding that to a card of your choice. Sacrifice a card and get a free bone drop at the start of the matches.
- Death Card-after you die you get to make a death card that lets you pick a random card to take its power/health, cost to play, ability and you name it.
- Squirrels are important cards as they do no damage but are used to instantly sacrifice for blood.
- Cool mechanics like flying where you don’t attack the card in front and instead hit the opponent.
- Houses other styles of games
- Scales – as you take and give damage, it adds weight to the scale, get it all the way and you win or lose. As a scale, it means games can go backward and forth.
- The story is told like the Death character is your dungeon master and explains the scene.
- Excellent musical score.
- Very simple controls.
- The game is played on a 2 by 4 Tabletop and cards will attack in a certain direction (card dependant) and hit cards first otherwise if it’s empty will attack the opponent.
- The cabin/setting is like a game in itself with many secrets and stories to be found.
- Candles are used as lives and every time you lose a flame gets extinguished and you move on.
- Different biomes to play on like wetlands and snow.
- Ridiculously addictive.
- Autosaves frequently.
- Hidden secrets to find.
- Many ways to build a deck.
- There are many sigils and effects you can apply to cards that make this unique.
- Rulebook acts as a tutorial of sorts as it tells you what icons mean.
Inscryption Review Cons:
- Slow starter.
- No controller support.
- Minimal graphic settings.
- Takes a while to get going.
- Difficulty spikes.
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Developer: Daniel Mullins Games
Publisher: Devolver Digital
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- Graphics - 9/109/10
- Sound - 9/109/10
- Accessibility - 9/109/10
- Length - 9/109/10
- Fun Factor - 9/109/10
I can’t believe after all the card battlers and roguelikes we have had over the past few years alone, I am standing here seeing a whole new twist in it all. I am generally excited and thrilled to be playing a game like this. Sure it starts off slow and its difficulty is unpredictable but who gives a shit when the core gameplay loop is so addictive and fun. I can’t even point to a particular mechanic that makes it fun, it’s the whole package, it’s just how unique each run feels despite knowing the path. Encryption is a masterclass in storytelling and atmosphere. I just love how easy and absorbing it all is, it’s a game that is hard to pull away from and it feels like I learn sometimes every time I play, I learn about a new card or ability that completely flips the script. Prepare to lose hours to this game, Inscryption is the new addiction in the card roguelike genre. I can’t say anymore as you really should not expose yourself to any sort of spoiler as it will rob you of the excellent unique experience,