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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Inscryption (2021) starts as a card-based adventure where you build a deck of cards to take on adventures and battles. To this, it adds escape-room style puzzles, both in the card game and in the room in which you are playing. The result is a psychological horror that slowly reveals bloody secrets inscribed on the cards.

Made by the creator of Pony Island, this has the same third-wall breaking play. You are never quite sure what is the card game and what is the wider world in which are playing. Solve lock combinations, access writing bureaus, deal with buried artefacts. The challenges soon start to mount up as you unlock the secrets lurking behind the walls of Leshy's cabin and embark on an unexpected and deeply disturbing odyssey.

As you progress you acquire a deck of woodland creature cards that grow in power. Obtaining these cards however, require more than luck and judgement. Your character in the game is called to perform surgery and self-mutilation.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Inscryption 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Brain Game game with Collecting, Communication, Narrative and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for use of strong language. The game's dialogue includes use of strong language ('*!@?*'), as well as milder terms such as '*!@?*'. During gameplay, the player's character can obtain an in-game benefit by extracting one of his teeth. There is no blood or pain noises and the action is not required to progress in the game. There is also a scene in which a person is shot and blood is seen pooling around the hand of the victim.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to learn what the cards do and make tactical decisions. Also, as the game changes you need to be able to interpret the narrative and consider implications of your choices.


Inscryption usually costs £15.99 to £17.99.


PlayStation Store PS5 £15.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Steam Store PC £16.79
Switch Store Switch £17.99
Steam Store Mac £16.79
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/10/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game (Collecting, Communication, Narrative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 25 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Cards and Hand-Made

Developer: D Mullins Games (@DMullinsGames)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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