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Inscryption

FelixSH

(He/Him)
I just started a NEW game file in Inscryption. Assuming that I will have further thoughts, and others too, maybe?

Considering what game this is, and how new it still is, I think spoilers all the way are the right thing here.

I made it through the card game one more time. Didn't have a single card that was powerful enough to one-shot an enemy, but rather three, I guess? The praying mantis god, or whatever it's name, the monster that can attack three tiles at once, plus an upgraded talking wolf that hit for six damage, or something. The mantis was sown together from two others, one or two times damage upgraded and I also had the totem that gave it an upgrade after one round. Never used the knife (thankfully, that thing is horrifying.

The real-life videos that I had already seen were great. Also fun, that the guy from the video was now seemingly playing the game, not as a guy in the hut, but as a video game player (so I am even one more layer removed), and commented a few times. Yes, buddy,I didn't want to see the first boss either.

Honestly, this time, I nearly lost to the first boss, mainly because of him turning all your monsters into gold, and clogging up your space. He seems a good bit harder, just for that reason, than the other bosses, who let you keep your monsters. I had already started to run out of cards, and got the awful enemy cards that you can't attack. You can, though, grab one with the hook. After that, it was easy.

So, now I started an actual, new game, the top-down pixel one, and stopped there. Looking forward to more. I love these games.
 

FelixSH

(He/Him)
And done. Couldn't really stop playing, the game is addictive and fun, and the setting is very captivating and interesting. Not sure if it will be to the taste of someone who dislikes card games, though. I certainly do, so that's a bonus for the game, for me.

It's probably due to me having already played other games by this studio, which all have similar themes, so any mindblowing moments I would have had weren't really there. The main stuff was kind-of as expected, and I hope the studio will deviate from that a bit, in the future. Still, it is always fun to see your steam-friends being brought into these games, and general all the stuff that is done that plays with the fourth wall and general gaming conventions.

The mood in this game is amazing. A very effective horror game, especially in the first and third act. I was very surprised, to find the third act being even creepier than the first. The camera guy (sorry, bad with names) was a god-awful person, but he seemed more deranged, and like he actually thought he did something good when KILLING PEOPLE, no matter if they won or lost. There is one line, where he thinks that it's a great thing that they will transform into majestic beasts, or something. And he just wanted people to play his favourite game with.

To be clear, I'm not defending this monster. He is horrible. But the robot seems so much worse. He doesn't even let you move around in the beginning, and is just interested in spreading the Devil(?) over the internet (and succeeds, I guess). Also, the factory, being made out of metal, isn't just creepy like the hut, but also a straight-up horrifying place. With decent light, the hut might be a nice place, maybe? If you put in some stuff for people to actually live here. The factory is just a metallic nightmare.

The magician is awful too, even though I think he may not even realize how much he tortures his students? But then, one of them says something about them becoming cards for him, so I guess he was just a rotten monster from the get-go. The only one who seemed decent, maybe, was the undead lady. Who knows, she at least was ready to end this insanity.

I do wish, I could play the roguelike mode against all four scrybes. Especially the focus on the undead seemed really fun, for the short time in the end, that I got to play it. And not-Yu-Gi-Oh was a really fun surprise (that one would definitely need some work, though).

I also tried the mod version, and had two really strong cards, but died due to getting a shitty hand against the third boss, who threw out super-strong stuff. It's my general problem with rogue-likes - sure, you can try to get a good deck, but in the end, you can always just reduce the chance for bad RNG. Especially here, where you nearly can't get rid of bad cards, a bad hand at the start might just destroy you. I guess I would have had opportunities to circumvent this, but I never have the feeling (like others, who like the genre), that it is just my fault. It feels like I just lost, due to a crappy hand.

Dunno, I'm just not a rogue-like person, I guess. It's still a fun game, both Inscryption as a whole, and the three versions of the game you get to play.


I think I will replay Pony Island now.
 

Violentvixen

(She/Her)
I don't think (Complete spoiler of Inscryption's plot, don't read if you haven't finished the game) the guy doing the card opening videos is sinister or terrible at all, especially since they player is supposed to be him? He's a tragic character, he opened some cards from a game to try to fund his side hustle video stream and ended up shot in the head when trying to report it to the news media and do some good. Or am I misinterpreting something?
 

FelixSH

(He/Him)
Sorry, my fault. With camera guy, I meant Leshy. I should really try to remember at least the main characters names. Should have been obvious, that "camera guy" is extremely unclear.
 
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Violentvixen

(She/Her)
Sorry, my fault. With camera guy, I meant Leshy. I should really try to remember at least the main characters names. Should have been obvious, that "camera guy" is extremely unclear.
Ah yeah, I see now. I never remember his name either but usually go with Tree Guy. That last bit may not be a spoiler but might as well be on the conservative side of things.

And I agree, I think Leshy is just insane but P03 is calculated evil.
 

Paul le Fou

24/7 lofi hip hop man to study/relax to
(He)
Well, I had the demo installed from Steam so I went ahead and tried that out, then went ahead and bought the full version. On my first full-version run (second overall) I beat the prospector but died to the fisherman. (Son of a bitch kept stealing my dudes!)

I've gotten up from the table to look around at various points but so far it hasn't seemed like I could do much of anything with the various things around yet. I know that this game goes off the rails and is much more than the card game somehow, but don't know any details. As such I can't actually read any of the posts in this thread. Oh well, here I goooo
 

Violentvixen

(She/Her)
died to the fisherman. (Son of a bitch kept stealing my dudes!)
Hint: Pay attention to when he has the hook ready and play a card (probably a squirrel) that can't attack you and blocks that lane. And some spoiler-y advice if you want it: Play flying cards in front of those squirrels to keep attacking him, they'll be useful in phase 2 as well.

Postgame comment: A dumb thing I love to do in that fight with Kaycee's Mod is to keep the hook and steal stuff back. So satisfying and glad they made it an achievement.

I'm also really glad this finally came out for Mac, I've already got it on PC at this point but I hope that means more people get to try it!

Also it's on sale as part of the Tiny Teams Festival.
 

Paul le Fou

24/7 lofi hip hop man to study/relax to
(He)
So, I got an amazing totem combination right out of the gate on a run, which carried me straight to my first victory: Undying Squirrels. Combined with my first sacrifice combo, which was giving a cockroach's undying to my stoat, I basically had unlimited blood for sacrifices, TONS of bones for summoning, and a lot of good defense.

So I got through to the video clips of the Lucky Carder and watched those. This is the point where I stepped out to write this post to update my progress. I guess things seem to be going places!
 

Paul le Fou

24/7 lofi hip hop man to study/relax to
(He)
So on my third? run, 4th at the latest, I lucked into an extremely powerful combination in like the second or third space on the first map: a totem for undying squirrels. Then, just a couple of spaces later, I sacrificed a cockroach to give my stoat undying. This meant that with 2 squirrels, or 1 squirrel and a stoat, I could basically summon anything and everything immediately as long as there was space on the board, even up to 3-blooders if I got a 2nd squirrel. It also generated a LOT of bones, which was good for summoning bones too. One or two of the bosses was still pretty hard, but I ultimately rolled right over the moon and into the next...chapter? Act? I definitely did start to wonder wtf was going on when my stoat turned into a robot or something, though. .

So I watched the videos, and then started the RPG. I'm interested in how there are 4 whole kinds of card in the RPG, but I started with a beast deck because I knew it better. I think I made a mistake though, because after beating the trapper and fighting the angler, I logged off for the night and haven't had any desire to go back and play again since. I think maybe because the RPG version of the card game is slightly less flexible, since you can't choose between a deck draw or squirrel? I'll have to see.
 

FelixSH

(He/Him)
Getting a strong deck in singular runs, destroying everything, is a lot of fun.

You can always restart the second chapter (just start another new game). I chose the mage deck, and that felt too complicated, so I restarted and chose the robot deck. That one was different enough to be fun. Maybe that will help your motivation.
 

Dark Medusa

Diamond Crusader
(He/him)
Getting a strong deck in singular runs, destroying everything, is a lot of fun.

You can always restart the second chapter (just start another new game). I chose the mage deck, and that felt too complicated, so I restarted and chose the robot deck. That one was different enough to be fun. Maybe that will help your motivation.

The mage deck isn't just "complicated", it's absolutely awful. It does everything worse than the other decks, but has complicated mechanics to even get competency up and running. I'm honestly unsure why players aren't told to avoid it.
 
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