Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jun 1, 2018
    90
    Cultist Simulator is a posthumanist spiral that, like its endless card combinations, is greater than the sum of its parts.
  2. May 31, 2018
    90
    That’s the real beauty of Weather Factor’s debut title — the world feels so large and full of possibilities, even though everything is mainly told through small snippets of text. It’s filled with poetry, like descriptions of a vial of Greydawn Oil that’s “the precise color of the hours when one cannot sleep,” and it makes you want to explore and unravel its mysteries. And it makes you work for it, reading between the lines and imagining a realm unseen.
  3. Jun 1, 2018
    85
    A dark, engrossing, and challenging narrative card and crafting game.
  4. CD-Action
    Aug 2, 2018
    80
    At first glance Cultist Simulator looks like a card game, but in fact it’s a fusion of a puzzle game with a text adventure game. With its extraordinarily atmospheric writing, ability to merge simplicity with depth, and different paths it’s fun for hours. It’s a shame the later stage relies on grinding too much and can become tedious. [07/2018, p.80]
  5. Jun 4, 2018
    80
    The end result is a glittering construct of stunningly good prose.
  6. Jun 4, 2018
    78
    If you already enjoyed previous Fallen London escapades like Sunless Seas, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy Cultist Simulator as well. It’s certainly not the easiest game to break into, but then again it was never really meant to be either. Cultist Simulator isn’t afraid to keep its greatest rewards locked away for only the most patient and clever players to find, and there’s a lot of potential enjoyment to be had for players who relish the journey as much as the destination.
  7. games(TM)
    Jul 14, 2018
    70
    An engrossing dabble into otherworldly forces. [July 2018, p.72]
  8. Jun 26, 2018
    70
    Cultist Simulator is intriguing and full of potential, but even flawed and frustrating.
  9. 70
    Cultist Simulator is the kind of game where “Just one more turn,” easily becomes “Four hours later…” It’s addicting even when it’s difficult and frustrating, and extremely satisfying when things finally start going right for you. If you’re even slightly interested in it, the price is right to try something that’s completely original and unlike anything else out right now.
  10. Jun 1, 2018
    70
    The mood, the setting, and the pedigree of the writing are all perfectly in line with my interests, but I found the combination of the card playing and having to sit at a PC never truly gelled.
  11. Edge Magazine
    May 26, 2018
    70
    At its best, Cultist Simulator is quietly riveting, conjuring a palpable atmosphere of intrigue and danger as you juggle the risk and reward of harnessing otherworldly powers. During a bad run, however, it can feel like a rather inefficient way of telling a fairly miserable story. [July 2018, p.118]
  12. Jun 4, 2018
    67
    The quality of Cultist Simulator‘s writing and intriguing setting coupled with its arduous gameplay made me wish I was reading a surrealist novel rather than grasping at some sort of narrative with all these disparate cards. While I can appreciate the game’s own attempt at experimentation with its indefinite gameplay, tabletop format, and fragmented story, I could not find much enjoyment in constantly wondering what I was doing and asking myself why I was still playing.
  13. Games Master UK
    Jun 17, 2018
    66
    Fascinating but alienating. [July 2018, p.83]
  14. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 31, 2018
    60
    An inaccessible and difficult-to-use card game that hides a genius core underneath the questionable design decisions. It reveals the its unexpected depths and can keep the attention of only the most patient players. [Issue#287]
  15. Dec 2, 2018
    55
    Lovecraft-inspired, one-of-a-kind, original-looking… boring grindfest.
  16. Jul 13, 2018
    50
    Cultist Simulator is a laboratory of bizarre ideas and that corresponds with conflicting gaming experience. The story of a cult was squeezed into a pack of cards, but originality alone doesn’t provide fun.
  17. Jul 2, 2018
    50
    With so little gameplay and almost no visual flair, the combination of broadly described ideas and impetus on the player to find their own story just don't come together. It's like the bare bones of a game without any of the meat.
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  1. May 31, 2018
    A magnificent nightmare, for those with the stamina to master the gruelling card game that houses it. [Recommended]
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 35
  2. Negative: 9 out of 35
  1. Jan 17, 2019
    10
    Not a game for the impatient. You must slowly tease out the mechanics and how everything works, but once you do, the game becomes such aNot a game for the impatient. You must slowly tease out the mechanics and how everything works, but once you do, the game becomes such a fascinating experience. Absolutely worth a play, just make sure you READ EVERYTHING and make sure that you actually pay attention to what you are doing and think about why you are doing it. Full Review »
  2. Jun 8, 2018
    8
    This is very much a reading simulator as much as it is a cultist. Over all, the world building is superb, the sound design is better than itThis is very much a reading simulator as much as it is a cultist. Over all, the world building is superb, the sound design is better than it needs to be, and the writing meshes with the game loop very well. The time sink and grind of the early game can be underwhelming, but sticking through rewards you with a better-than-lovecraft gem. Full Review »
  3. Jul 6, 2018
    8
    Honestly a great game, the no tutorial encourages trail and error playing, and exploring to find out your messed up much later on, theHonestly a great game, the no tutorial encourages trail and error playing, and exploring to find out your messed up much later on, the re-playability is a little low but there is a lot of free dlc's incoming and think it's a real nice tough to indie gaming Full Review »