Inscryption Review-Inscribed Secret

You wake up in a dark cabin, locked on a shabby table. A mysterious man is sitting on the other side of the room. You can’t see the details on his face in the dark, but his crazy eyes penetrate the shadows. When he invites you to play a card game, something is shaking in your stomach. The rules seem simple; you summon creatures to attack your opponent’s enemy army, and you can easily win the first few hands. Still, you can’t get rid of the anxiety about what might happen if-no-when you lose. You continue to play, the eye on the other side of the table slowly burns a hole in your belly.

Inscryption is an incredible tone that uses the theme of horror while telling a fascinating and evolving mystery. Although these horror elements are important to the narrative, they are only the background of this adventure. I like the moody atmosphere of Inscryption, but I also appreciate that it does not force players to have any jumping panic, making it a rather approachable horror experience.

The core of the adventure is a powerful card battle system that allows you to summon creatures to the lane on the battlefield. Your creatures will cause damage to the critters on the opposite side of their lane, and will eventually cause damage directly to your opponent. The basic settings should be familiar to fans of games like Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering, but Inscryption has made some interesting changes to the formula, which keeps me coming back to find more. First, some creatures need to be sacrificed to enter the battle. This means that when you want to summon a powerful creature like a bear, you have to kill a few beasts that you have already placed on the field. I like to try to get your strongest creatures into battle without pushing/pulling your team too sparsely.

Inscryption’s deck building system is also much deeper than it first appeared. For example, certain creatures can only be summoned into battle when you obtain a certain number of bones through fallen allies. This allows me to turn defeat into victory; even if all my creatures are erased from the board, I often feel that I have a trump card, or that I can use another strategy to reverse the situation in my favor.

As you continue to beat your opponent, you will move along the game board and encounter random events in games such as Slay The Spire. Certain encounters will provide you with new cards, enhance existing cards, or grant you additional tools to use in battle, such as a fan that allows your creatures to fly over your opponent’s head. You also have the opportunity to attach an imprint to your card to provide unique powers, such as the ability to transform into a more powerful creature over time or attack multiple lanes at once. These elements bring a unique flavor to Inscryption’s card system. I like to try my decks to find new card synergies or create new cards that almost feel overwhelming.

Between card battles, you can stand up from the table and explore your cabin. This space is filled with locked drawers and other puzzle boxes. Solving these mysteries similar to adventure games will win you new cards and get you one step closer to solving the bigger mystery of Inscryption. You will eventually get some amazing revelations about who you are and why you are trapped in this cabin, but the less I say about these revelations, the better. However, Inscryption successfully subverted my expectations many times before the end of the journey, and I can’t wait to see its satisfactory narrative conclusion.

Inscryption is strange in the best order. This is a horror game and does not try to scare you. It is also an ingenious card system that revolves around a fascinating mystery that is played with the conventions of video games. Like a bat in hell, Inscryption emerged out of thin air and quickly became one of my favorite games this year.