Cult of the Lamb: a surprising mix between Binding of Isaac and management video games

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Summer Game Fest 2022 started a short time ago and the indies have definitely got the job done. If they were in the spotlight on the traditional Day of the Devs, it was above all the digital conference that drew heavily, with at the head of the convention the expected Cult of the Lamb. The latter offered new gameplay images and a small demo available at the end of the conference. Neither one nor two we tested it and here’s what we thought.

The Cult of the Lamb Demo

The Cult of the Lamb demo, available on Steam, lasts about twenty minutes and allows you to discover the introduction, the first dungeon as well as the premises of management mechanics.

Binding of Isaac satanic cult version

Roguelite, dungeon-crawler … These words are probably familiar to you if you are a fan of especially the famous Isaacs bond. If so, with Cult of the Lamb, you will not be out of place. In fact, Massive Monsters games are clearly inspired by Edmund McMillens and Florian Himsl. The goal is to go through various procedurally generated dungeons. Through the different levels and spaces you can either gain new powers, weapons or advantages, or take part in a furious battle against various small enemies. And it all ends, of course, with a little boss to defeat. Until then, Cult of the Lamb is similar to every other game in the genre, but it would be a shame to limit it to that.

Cult of the Lamb: a surprising mix between Binding of Isaac and management video games

Of course, it first stands out thanks to its dark and offbeat universe. You play as a young lamb ready to be sacrificed to protect the old faith. Yes, but here you go, instead of just withering away in contact with the executioner’s ax, you come back from the dead to carry out a very specific mission: to create a cult in honor of the one who waits. From there, your life goes down to killing the unbelieving prelates and cultivating your cult. This funny story is carried by ingeniously designed art direction, expertly designed small details and a soundtrack that adorns it all. As a result, we really enjoy going through the levels of this new

Cult of the Lamb: a surprising mix between Binding of Isaac and management video gamesCult of the Lamb: a surprising mix between Binding of Isaac and management video games
Cult of the Lamb: a surprising mix between Binding of Isaac and management video games

In terms of gameplay, the title is very easy to handle and is all in all very comfortable to play. Nevertheless, if we were to concentrate solely on this, it is clear Cult of the Lamb suffers in comparison with the juggernaut The Binding of Isaac. It actually offers slightly tougher battles, which would benefit from integrating more sensations of blows and injuries in particular.

Another point that cannot be compared: the degree of difficulty. Throughout this first dungeon, we never felt in real trouble. Because of their slowness, the first enemies struggle to represent a threat. Nevertheless, it is important to note that the difficulty will no doubt be gradual and we suspect that the next dungeons should give us more problems. Nevertheless, the suspense that is ubiquitous in the masters of the genre will be difficult to achieve for the Cult of the Lamb, especially since death is not necessarily a sign of a return to zero. This is a very light roguelite: if you die, you will only lose 25% of your resources. Suffice it to say that the adventure immediately promises to be less full-bodied.

Cult of the Lamb: a surprising mix between Binding of Isaac and management video games

But that is not to say that the Cult of the Lamb did not charm us. Despite its shortcomings, the game is very entertaining and even seems to want to give the players a lot of freedom. The latter can of course choose between such and such a weapon during their journey, but also the different branches (levels) that they want to integrate into the latter. The more you advance in the game, the more the options are announced. Between that and the small customization page that the title offers, Cult of the Lamb provides free play to the players’ desires (and strategies). After all, is not the master of a sect supposed to do what he wants?

Cult of the Lamb: a surprising mix between Binding of Isaac and management video games

If the island of Animal Crossing was a cult …

Cult of the Lamb: a surprising mix between Binding of Isaac and management video games

As we said, the Cult of the Lamb stands out especially for its universe … but also its management mechanics. Creating a cult is actually not just crushing competing sects. You need followers, a place of worship and everything that goes with it. As for the consequences, you can recruit them at the end of each dungeon (at least that’s what seems to emerge from the demo), and they will then join your base. If this operation vaguely remembers the system of the inhabitants of Animal Crossing, do not take it, these followers are mainly there to be your slaves and help you control your base.

Cult of the Lamb: a surprising mix between Binding of Isaac and management video games

The latter is a small reason that you will need to develop according to your desires and your means.. Thanks to the resources gained in the various dungeons (wood, coins …), you have to build new buildings. First and foremost, this allows you to validate the missions you have been entrusted with and, above all, to improve your worship. Note that you are also responsible for your followers and that you need to make sure that they live in good conditions. Neglecting them too much will lead to their death and thus the weakening of your cult.

Cult of the Lamb: a surprising mix between Binding of Isaac and management video games

If these mechanics diversify the gameplay a bit and allow the Cult of the Lamb to stand out from the crowd, it’s nonetheless hard to understand how far they will bring us. The demo only allows you to touch them. It is therefore difficult to project ourselves and to know the benefits that this management part can provide in the game and the game, and it is therefore difficult to take a position on this point at the moment.

If we enjoyed playing this little demo, it’s still hard to visualize where the developers at Massive Monster will take us with their hybrid gameplay. As for the rest, the game really has a pleasant touch that can be enjoyed effortlessly and even leaves a good taste of returning to it. The Cult of the Lamb has not stolen its place as the star of the Devolver conference. It remains to be seen whether the complete game will succeed in transforming the experiment.

As a reminder, Cult of the Lamb will be available from August 11 on Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series and PC.

Cult of the Lamb: a surprising mix between Binding of Isaac and management video games

About the summer games party

What is Summer Game Fest?

No E3 this year, but we can still count on yet another world-class event: Summer Game Fest, a big show dedicated to announcing video games coming this year or the following years. It was in 2020 that journalist and host Geoff Keighley launched this now indispensable festival for the first time. Last year, the show featured amazing photos from the Elden Ring; so inevitably the third iteration raises high expectations.

When does Summer Game Fest 2022 start?

The summer game party is on Thursday 9 June at 20.00. The show will again be followed by a Day of the Devs session dedicated to the independent scene.

How to follow Summer Game Fest 2022?

At JV, we will respond live to announcements from the LeStream channel along with especially Maxildan and Aymeric Lallée. The show will also be directly visible as a teaser on JV’s website. And for those who prefer to read, you will of course find our news throughout the conference. There will also be a written summary

What is the program for Summer Game Fest 2022?

Among the games you must not miss, there is especially the heir to Dead Space, The Callisto Protocol, which shows us his first gameplay images. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 introduces us to its first level. Also on the program: Gotham Knights, Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, the first game from Aaryn Flynn’s studio (ex-Bioware) Nightingale, JRPG One Piece Odyssey, Free-to-play Warframe or even Planet of Lana. Geoff Keighley further announced: “We have a few new game announcements for this show and hopefully a few surprises if all goes well. But it’s definitely a show that mostly focuses on things that are predicted. ”

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