Cult of the Lamb is a unique game: a humorous critique of organized religion

Cult of the Lamb is a unique game: a humorous critique of organized religion ...

Cultists usher you down a path, leaving skeletons scattered throughout the path as a brazier's expel faint illumination. Yet instead of death, you are given life. A faceless being known as The One Who Waits grants you the gift of life in the form of a living crown. You are no longer a lamb slaughtered but a god given flesh.

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Cult of the Lamb is a roguelike action game that wraps the bizarre in a delightful little package of characters that resemble cartoon characters and vibrant 2D backgrounds. This is enhanced by the almost whimsical score, which mimics chanting or incomprehensible songs of worship. It helps disarm the player, in a way, as they go through dungeons to seek out the four Old Gods who had sent them to sacrifice.

Cult of the Lamb is a mix of dungeon-crawler and religious management game, with your tasks divided between tending to your devoted flock of followers and trawling through procedurally generated dungeons. Each stage has its own small map where you can encounter unique NPCs, some of which can offer more powerful weapons, or even seeds, to cultivate your growing commune. It's stock and standard, and it doesn't deviate much from the already established roguelike

Cult of the Lamb is unique because it allows you to create a truly terrible pocket of organized religion. Because, ultimately, you are creating followers, utilizing your supposed divine powers to entice them into your flock. Their loyalty is crucial to your progress and influence over the Old Gods that screwed you over from the beginning.

It may seem like vindication, or at least morally just, to steal away their devout followers and bring them to your own saganism. But as you unlock doctrines through the use of ominous sacred tablets, your religion begins to take shape. It is also where Cult of the Lambs' deeper narrative lies.

Cult of the Lamb posits that all religions are cultlike in some way. Despite the pentagrams and pseudo-Satanic imagery, youve created a monster that resembles the Catholic Church. You may send missionaries to assist your cult in gathering wealth. You may also make money by tying cults to other religions.

Cult of the Lamb allows players to go straight into the absurd or bizarre. One follower admitted that they always desired to eat poop, and requested that I provide them with a fecal matter meal. I declined because I didnt need someone to eat shit and make the whole convent ill. Because your followers are the backbone of your society.

Cult of the Lamb made me a great sim game because I was able to provide enough time to sermons and cultivate crops to feed my flock without making them sick in the late game.

At the Lonely Shack, you can gamble with a wizened old Ratau (a rat that had previously occupied your position) or fish at the Pilgrims Passage for food. Some of the characters you meet in these locations are well-known, with their pasts mostly obscured and enhanced by their charming picture book illustrations.

Cult of the Lamb is a game that is not without consequences. Followers may and may be killed at your convent, their remains being cannibalized by those that have yet to live, or they may be prematurely sacrificed to The One Who Waits.

Regardless of the cult you choose to create, it will revolve around consumption, worship, and sacrifice. Everything you do, you do, for more power and control. Cult of the Lamb asks you what kind of leader you will be. Will you lead your flock to ruin, or will you bring them to the slaughter, becoming the very god you murdered and dethroned?

Cult of the Lamb will be released on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on August 11th. Devolver Digital provided a pre-release download code, though Vox Media may earn commissions for purchases made via affiliate links.

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