This must have been what happened during the Crusades, Vatican-approved wars against heretics, atheists, and Muslims in the Middle Ages.
Of course, back then Catholicism wasn’t just a cult religion but the same principles apply in this creepy creepy game, a unique combination of a hack-n-slash like Scam is welded into a quirky management simulation. Revived after death by a mysterious dethroned god, a shy lamb agrees in a Faustian pact to form a cult, build a cult, and embark on a quest for revenge that will Defeat the enemies of the gods.
Like the true Crusades, you spend as much time taking care of your followers as you do wandering through the badlands to destroy the infidels who oppose you. On paper, dark religious themes – bloodshed, the spread of believers, the oppression of heretics – sound somber. But Cult of the Lamb gets rid of it by sparking religion with a tough tongue in its cheeks and using animals instead of people for the characters.
Every sect needs its worshipers, so the lamb’s first mission is to rescue the unexpected rogues from the clutches of their enemies before brainwashing them to devour your sword. But they need food, shelter and inspiration – which leads you to the management part of the game, where you gather resources, then build structures like farms, churches and temples.
You’ll get the picture now – engage in some frantic dungeon crawling to collect new gifts, followers and abilities, then head back to base to raise Level your cult with more buildings and magic powers. It’s a virtuous circle – or rather an immoral circle because being a cult boss requires you to perform some heinous act. How about murder and cannibalism? Persecuting apostates? Invading the enemy? Cult of the Lamb makes you such a tough leader.
The sly humor underneath it all justifies this darkness. Less forgivable is the mismatch in performance of the two genres. While the management side ushers in the yawning complexity that lies on the right side of the fun, hack-n-slash cannot escape the ultimate sense of boredom due to its simplicity. Caught in cramped arenas and occasional visibility issues due to 2.5D viewing angles, combat rarely rises above a bit of a chore, a necessary evil before you get back to the stuff. It is interesting to conspire and preach to manipulate the mind.
Still, with a gripping art style and an unusual premise, Cult of the Lamb works hard to earn your trust, and it’s well worth the bit of dedication.
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