Cult of the Lamb is a bizarre mash-up of the roguelike and life-sim genres. You're tasked with growing a small group of followers into a full-fledged cult — managing resources, boosting morale, and going on deadly adventures along the way. The strange blend of gameplay styles seems to be working, as the title is currently sitting with a favorable 82 Metascore.
Although the game deals with some grisly topics, the quirky, cartoonish graphics do a great job of keeping things from becoming too bleak. Whether it's the adorable facial animations while in combat, the hilarious reactions of your followers, or the overall charm of every environment, Cult of the Lamb never makes you feel too bad about all your terrible deeds. The game only grows more enchanting as you venture deeper into its world, with new enemies, environments, and resources giving you a reason to keep coming back for more.
Cult of the Lamb tasks you with managing dozens of moving pieces at once. One moment you'll be making sure your followers have enough food to survive the night, and the next you could be slaying enemies haunting a nearby forest. But instead of becoming overwhelming, all these mechanics work together to create something larger than the sum of their parts. Growing your little cultist camp gives you a tangible way to track your progress, and that growth directly translates to more power on the battlefield. It's a unique gameplay loop, and one that has already won over legions of players.
Running a cult isn't easy, so if you need a break from your responsibilities, there are some other great games you should check out. Many of them are just as gruesome as Cult of the Lamb, but a handful are cutesy life-sims that are fun for the entire family. There's nothing quite like Cult of the Lamb, although these should scratch a similar itch.
Here are 10 games like Cult of the Lamb to play next, listed by Metascore.
Hades is a fast-paced roguelike that sees you playing as young Zagreus as he fights his way out of Hell. Combat plays out from a top-down perspective, with temporary stat boosts and power-ups thrown your way after clearing each room of enemies. You'll need to be incredibly cautious, as dying will send you back to the very first level of the game. All is not lost, though, as the game gives you a chance to unlock permanent power-ups and weapons to make subsequent runs easier. Beyond incredible combat, you'll also be treated to sleek graphics and a minimalistic story that takes multiple playthroughs to fully appreciate.
"Hades is, to put it plainly, a masterpiece. It has a refreshingly unique trajectory, tells a compelling story and… is never anything less than genuinely excellent." — TheGamer
Best for: Fans of relaxing life-sim games
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It's not nearly as dark as Cult of the Lamb, but Animal Crossing: New Horizons is arguably the best life-sim on the market. After heading to an almost entirely deserted island, the game tasks you with attracting new villagers and turning it into a bustling paradise. Doing this won't be cheap, so it's up to you to catch fish, hunt down bugs, and find other ways to make a few bucks and bring new amenities to the island. There's also a deep multiplayer component that lets you visit your friends' islands if you need some inspiration.
"The latest Animal Crossing is also the best, full of life, charm, and near-endless ways to make your very own island paradise." — GameSkinny
Best for: Fans of challenging, fast-paced combat
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Dead Cells is a 2D action game that has no problem letting you die over and over again. Every time you die, you'll get to run through new procedurally generated levels, although a few of your old skills will follow you into your new life. Action is frantic, and success is largely dependent on your ability to properly dodge incoming attacks while simultaneously sending out a flurry of your own. New areas will become available as you expand your moveset, and its striking pixel art graphics give each location a distinct vibe. It's not an easy game, but Dead Cells rewards players that stick around for the long haul.
"The combat is fluid and gritty, there's a ton to upgrade and unlock, and it's easy to get lost for hours within Dead Cells' world." — Nintendojo
Death's Door is a gorgeous (and humorous) action-adventure game that sees you playing as a crow tasked with tracking down a stolen soul. The narrative is just as wild as Cult of the Lamb, although it's a bit more nuanced than you'd expect. Combat is also surprisingly engaging, with an array of magic, melee weapons, and more at your disposal to help you cut through challenging adversaries. The game is published by the same studio as Cult of the Lamb (Devolver Digital), meaning you can expect a polished, quirky, and memorable adventure.
"A well-polished action/adventure hybrid that is worth your attention." — PC Invasion
While the action in Children of Morta is compelling, it's the narrative that'll keep you glued to your screen for hours on end. You'll step into the shoes of an adventurous family that's trying to fend of the darkness creeping across their land. Charming pixel art graphics and animations give each character their own personality, and you'll truly be invested in each by the end of the game. They all play different on the battlefield, with some offering long-range archery skills or deadly magic, while others get up close with a sword to hack enemies to bits. But no matter who you're controlling, the game is an absolute gem.
"Children of Morta is pieced together in such a way that no element feels out of place, and the wonderful roguelite gameplay is backed with a deep and emotional story." — GameGrin
Enter the Gungeon is a roguelike that has you searching for a mythical gun that can kill the past. The story is bizarre, but all it needs to do is give you a reason to dive into level after level of chaotic, bullet-hell action. Each mission is procedurally generated (providing you with nearly endless replayability), and the unlockable arsenal of weapons means there's always something new to experiment with. Like most bullet-hell games, you'll need fast reflexes to survive in Enter the Gungeon, but every time you succeed, you'll be met with a subsequent quest that's even more demanding.
"A fantastic game that continues to offer surprises after hours and hours into the experience." — PSNStores
Best for: Fans of building and exploring
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Part building game, part exploration game, Terraria sends you off to scavenge your landscape for resources before returning home and constructing a sprawling home base. You'll encounter dozens of deadly enemies along the way, including a few bosses that'll put your 2D platforming skills to the test. You'll also meet a variety of friendly NPCs that want to set up shop near your base, and while it's not quite like a cult, it's exciting to watch your tiny home blossom into a bonafide fortress. If you need some help, there's also the option to team up with other players online. And since the game is available on just about every platform under the sun, there's a good chance you can pick it up today and start playing.
"Fresh elements — like an absurdly expansive crafting system, a broad scope of monsters to battle, and a slick retro 2D presentation — make it a stand out among the pack." — IGN
Don't Starve comes pretty close to matching the gameplay elements found in Cult of the Lamb. You'll explore a bleak world filled with hostile creatures, collecting resources and building a home base as you go. Its graphics are just as charming as Cult of the Lamb, although they're a bit darker and do an impressive job of ratcheting up the tension. Combat isn't quite as fast-paced, but the building mechanics and constant need to be crafting and collecting make it a great choice for folks interested in life-sim and survival games.
"An incredibly satisfying survival-exploration game that understands how to foster the joy of discovery." — NowGamer
There are no life-sim elements to be found, but The Ascent's bleak, cyberpunk atmosphere will immediately strike a chord with Cult of the Lamb fans. You'll set out on a quest to unravel a mystery involving the collapse of a massive corporation — an event that's put your entire neighborhood at risk. The narrative is filled with greed, corruption, and betrayal, but it's the visceral combat that's the main draw. The Ascent gives you a variety of ways to upgrade your character and blast apart your enemies, and while you won't have any followers to impress, you can jump online to help your friends get through some of the game's more challenging missions.
"The detailed world-building, environmental storytelling, and atmosphere are maybe the best expression of the cyberpunk aesthetic I've ever seen in a game." — COGconnected
Torchlight III isn't the best-reviewed game in the series, but it offers both a town-building experience and standard ARPG combat. Forts serve as your sanctuary when off the battlefield, and they're almost entirely customizable. You can plant a garden, place a bunch of decorations, develop a network of outbuildings, or leave it a barren wasteland — Torchlight III gives you impressive freedom to make your Fort your own. The rest of the game is a rather standard ARPG, with isometric action that has you slaying legions of monsters with a myriad of spells, swords, and other sharp objects.
"An approachable action/RPG that's especially welcoming to newcomers, or simply players who don't want to focus too hard on their evening's entertainment." — Game Informer