Developer Weather Factory has announced that its enigmatic, occasionally impenetrable cosmic card oddity, Cultist Simulator, will be heading to iPhone, iPad, and Android devices this “spring”.
Cultist Simulator, which released on PC last year, is designed by Alexis Kennedy, creator of Fallen London and Sunless Sea. Like those games, it’s fascinating stuff, but not an easy game to categorise – although, at a push, I guess you could call it a card-based, narrative-driven survival strategy rogue-like adventure of unfathomable horrors. Maybe.
The general idea is that, each game, you select your character’s humble origins – from put-upon detective or harried physician to exotic dancer or care-free socialite with an artistic streak – then, while still juggling your everyday responsibilities, must delve into the occult.
By combining action cards – such as Work, Study, or Talk – with the likes of character cards, location cards, and item cards, you’ll unlock new quests, opportunities, and horrors to combine still further, all eliciting some beautifully written prose.
As such, it’s a game of tinkering and experimentation (and, often, untimely death), but if you’re lucky, you might survive the torments of your existence and tease back new layers of the game’s wonderfully rich lore, be that secret histories, hidden gods, or other cosmic mysteries.
Eventually, through focussed dreaming and scheming, you’ll establish your own cult and maybe even usher in a new age. Unless you’re me, because I am absolutely terrible at the game.
Cultist Simulator’s mobile version has been developed by Playdigious, and will cost $6.99 USD (a UK price is yet to be revealed). Pre-registration, for those keen on that sort of thing, is open on the Google Play Store now. Weather Factory notes that there’ll be a 30% discount on both iOS and Android at launch, bringing the price down to $4.99 USD.