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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 the card game is and the wider world in which are playing. Solve lock combinations, access writing bureaus, and 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, requires more than luck and judgment. Your character in the game is called to perform surgery and self-mutilation.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Inscryption 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 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:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 13 hours and 20 hours to complete. Inscryption appears to be a repeating-round card game, but soon turns into its story-driven horror experience. There is a free expansion called Kaycee’s Mod that lets you play the card game without the story. This turns Act 1 of Inscryption into a proper deck-builder roguelike, competing with challenge runs and seemingly endless unlockables.

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.

CostsCosts

Inscryption usually costs £16.79.
 

Inscryption

Steam Store PC £16.79
Steam Store Mac £16.79
PlayStation Store PS4 Free Free

PS Plus Extra

PlayStation Store PS5 Free Free

PS Plus Extra

Switch Store Switch -
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

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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