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

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

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Summer Game Fest 2022 kicked off a short time ago and the indies have clearly gotten the job done. If they were in the spotlight of the traditional Day of the Devs, it was above all the Digital conference that drew heavy, with, at the head of the bow, 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 the management mechanics.

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Roguelite, dungeon-crawler… These words are probably familiar to you if you are a fan of the famous The Binding of Isaac in particular. If so, with Cult of the Lamb, you won’t be out of place. Indeed, Massive Monster’s game is clearly inspired by that of Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl. The goal is to walk through different procedurally generated dungeons. Through the different levels and rooms, you can either get new powers, weapons or advantages, or engage in a furious fight against different small enemies. And it all ends, of course, with a small boss to defeat. Until then, Cult of the Lamb looks like 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 game

Of course, it stands out first thanks to its dark and offbeat universe. You play as a young lamb ready to be sacrificed in order to protect the Old Belief. Yes, but here you go, instead of simply withering away in contact with the executioner’s ax, you come back from the dead to accomplish a very specific mission: to create a cult in honor of the One who waits. From there, your life boils down to killing the disbelieving Prelates and growing your cult. This funny story is carried by brilliantly crafted art direction, expertly crafted little details and a soundtrack that embellishes 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 gameCult of the Lamb: a surprising mix between Binding of Isaac and management video game
Cult of the Lamb: a surprising mix between Binding of Isaac and management video game

In terms of gameplay, the title is very easy to handle and is all in all very pleasant to play. Nevertheless, if we were to concentrate solely on this, it is clear that Cult of the Lamb suffers from comparison with the juggernaut The Binding of Isaac. It indeed offers a little more rough fights which would benefit from integrating more sensations of blows and damage in particular.

Another point that does not compare: the difficulty. Throughout this first dungeon, we never felt in real difficulty. Due to their slowness, the first enemies struggle to represent a threat. Nevertheless, it is important to note that the difficulty will undoubtedly be gradual and we suspect that the next dungeons should give us more trouble. Nevertheless, the tension that is omnipresent in the masters of the genre will be difficult to achieve for 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 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 game

But that’s not to say Cult of the Lamb didn’t charm us. Despite its flaws, the game is very enjoyable and even seems to want to give 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 wish to integrate into the latter. The more you advance in the game, the more the possibilities are announced. Between that and the small customization side that the title offers, Cult of the Lamb gives free rein to the desires (and strategies) of the players. After all, isn’t the master of a cult supposed to do whatever he wants?

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

If the island of Animal Crossing was a cult…

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

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

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

The latter is a small plot of land that you will have to develop according to your desires and your means.. Thanks to the resources recovered in the various dungeons (wood, coins…), you must build new buildings. This will allow you first of all to validate the missions entrusted to you and, above all, to improve your worship. Note that you are also responsible for your followers and that you must ensure 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 game

If these mechanics diversify the gameplay a little and allow Cult of the Lamb to stand out from the crowd, it is nevertheless difficult to grasp how far they will take us. The demo only allows you to touch them. It is therefore difficult to project ourselves and to know the advantages that this management part can grant in game and to the game. It is therefore difficult to really decide on this point for the moment.

If we had a good time playing this little demo, it’s still hard to visualize where the developers at Massive Monster want to take us with their hybrid gameplay. As for the rest, the game really has a pleasant touch that can be enjoyed without difficulty and even leaves a good taste of coming back to it. 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 trial.

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 game

About the Summer Game Fest

What is Summer Game Fest?

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

When does Summer Game Fest 2022 start?

The Summer Game Fest is this Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m. The show will once again be followed by a Day of the Devs session devoted to the independent scene.

How to follow the Summer Game Fest 2022?

On JV, we will react live to announcements from the LeStream channel alongside Maxildan and Aymeric Lallée in particular. The program will also be directly visible as a teaser on JV’s homepage. And for those who prefer reading, you will of course find our news throughout the conference. A written summary will also be available

What is the program for Summer Game Fest 2022?

Among the games not to miss, there is in particular the heir to Dead Space, The Callisto Protocol, which shows us its first gameplay images. For its part Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 presents us with 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, the JRPG One Piece Odyssey, the 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 holds together. But it’s definitely a show that mostly focuses on things that are foretold.”

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