Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Aug 29, 2019
    42
    The Church in the Darkness wants to be a stealth game that puts you in the midst of a doomsday cult. Consequently, rather than giving you insight into the world of a cult (a la Sagebrush, which I’ll once again point you to as a better game about the same topic), you get a dull game that’ll just make you appreciate how to avoid someone’s field of view. There are better options out there (*ahem* Sagebrush), and you’re better off getting that than wasting your time here.
  2. Aug 2, 2019
    30
    There are some intriguing ideas at play here. Decent stealth mechanics and a captivating cultist backdrop will reel you in though there just isn’t enough substance to make The Church in the Darkness a lasting, worthwhile experience.
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  1. Aug 2, 2019
    The Church in the Darkness does a great job of delivering a sticky stealth and exploration experience that also gets your brain moving. It's not quite as replayable as it first seems, however. The seemingly large pool of possible endings isn't as diverse an assortment as it seems, and there's not a ton of variation in the evidence you gather.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Aug 15, 2019
    5
    The Church in the Darkness is marred by several technical shortcomings that draw players out of the experience and kill the pacing. Once theThe Church in the Darkness is marred by several technical shortcomings that draw players out of the experience and kill the pacing. Once the narrative’s charm begins to wear off in later runs, The Church in Darkness’ flaws really take hold. Still, if you are obsessed with theology, political theory, or cults, you will find a lot to enjoy from the narrative of The Church in the Darkness. It’s definitely a game that will be on my mind for some time, for both good and bad reasons. Full Review »