Review- Inscryption: The Number 1 Most Horrific Card Battler Game
October 19th, 2021
Daniel Mullins Games
Acquire a deck of woodland creature cards by draft, surgery, and self-mutilation.
Unlock the secrets lurking behind the walls of Leshy's cabin.
Embark on an unexpected and deeply disturbing odyssey.
Showcase your card battling skills.
Inscryption is a blood-soaked card-based quest that combines deckbuilding roguelikes, escape-room puzzles, and psychological horror into a bloody concoction. The mysteries enshrined on the cards are much darker.
The latest mind-melting, self-destructive love letter to video games comes from the developer of Pony Island and The Hex. This is a Daniel Mullins game. The fourth wall breaks, toying with expectations, and a constant repeating of the phrase are par for the course. It’s one of my favorite things about Pony Island after all. It’s even more intriguing in Inscryption. However, it’s worth noting that the game will, for better or worse, run completely off the rails at some time. We enjoyed it, and if our description of a Daniel Mullins game appeals to you, you’ll enjoy it as well. Although we liked the antagonists, we wished that the other supporting characters were given more screen time. However, we loved the game’s finale, which was so different from what we expected but fully captivated us and did a fantastic job of putting everything together. We wish we could go into more detail, but the less you know the better. Just know that it’s completely bizarre and also quite enjoyable. Don’t worry if that sounds like a lot to take in…… It is, but the game does an excellent job of scaffolding you up and guiding you through each phase. You won’t get very far until you have a good understanding of what you’re doing.
Inscryption takes your standard deck builder and tweaks it in a way that makes it easy to grasp and enjoy for newcomers to the genre. It also allows veterans to design OP decks (such as an ant deck that allows for lethal on turn 1 for 16 damage) and have a lot of fun experimenting with different builds (We found some pretty neat synergies and unexpected combos). Not only that, but the game is continuously reinventing itself, adding new cards and elements to the mix. All of Dan Mullins’ games have sound and music by Jonah Senzel. The soundboard in Inscryption is spot on, with music that fits the mood well from the menu to the boss bouts. If you wish to survive and solve the mystery, you’ll need to find secrets, break items, and outclass the NPCs. This is one of our favorite aspects of games that waver in and out of reality, occasionally breaking the fourth wall and making you feel a little uneasy that someone is observing you. In this game, there are puzzles everywhere. Solve puzzles and play card games. Take a break from the card game to go for a walk and solve some more problems. Watch a video and pause it at the appropriate time… …puzzle. What about this piece of furniture that appears to be uninteresting? Yes, it’s a conundrum. The major plotline puzzles range from easy as sacrificing a squirrel for a Stoat to some serious brain teasers, depending on how deep you want to go into what the game has to offer. But if you want to know what’s going on behind the scenes, you’ll need to put on your Discord hat and join the group to contribute your thoughts to the think tank. We have a gloomy plot, psychologically and even graphically, based on what we can piece together about the game’s story. There’s a lot of clear storytelling here, but there’s also a lot of things you’ll have to fill in the gaps on if that’s your thing.
We have a hunch that until we join the Discord, participate in the ARGs, and watch Youtube videos, we will never truly comprehend or see everything that this game has to offer. We wish we had the time to explore every aspect of the game and discover everything for ourselves, but we don’t. We are saddened by this. As a game, Inscryption is excellent, but as a card game, it lacks the appeal to keep you going back for more in that regard. After the credits, there are no more cards to be unlocked. There is no PvP, which is a bummer because building your cards and playing against other people online would be fantastic. Find this blog/game interesting? here’s another suggestion for you Haunted Hotel: Room 18