There's some good news for fans of spooky card-based roguelites. Inscryption sales have passed the one million mark, according to publisher Devolver Digital. The publisher celebrated with a video depicting everyone's favorite stoat being the critic that he is.
Why have Inscryption sales been so high?
Devolver Digital announced the news of Inscryption's impressive sales numbers via Twitter. In its tweet, Devolver thanks Inscryption's players, "the brave squirrels" (which are often sacrificed in the game to make room for better cards), and developer Daniel Mullins. Alongside the tweet is a video depicting the stoat, a very vocal character within Inscryption, commenting on the numbers. The stoat calls the figures a "total fucking misplay" and suggests Mullins and Devolver "should have stopped at 100k". One suspects that this time, as on many other occasions, the stoat will be ignored.
Inscryption's popularity is probably a mixture of canny marketing on Devolver's behalf and fan word-of-mouth. It's a roguelite deck-builder, yes, but it's also much more than that. Without wishing to spoil too much, the game also includes puzzles set away from the table, as well as various shifts in tone and setting that are intriguing and unexpected. Inscryption's success is all the more impressive given that it's not a multi-platform release; the game is currently only available on PC, and we haven't heard anything about a potential console release yet.
What is Inscryption?
Inscryption is best described as a horror-inflected roguelite deck-building game with elements of first-person puzzling. It's set in a spooky cabin in which you must battle a monster over a game of cards, with the prize ostensibly being the ability to escape from the cabin. Naturally, it goes to some rather odd places from there, so we won't give too much else away about the story. If the setup and the art style entice you, then it's probably best to just play this one before reading any more.
If you're intrigued, you can check out Inscryption on Steam right now. It's available for $19.99, and you'll also find bundles that pack in developer Daniel Mullins' other titles Pony Island and The Hex. If you're just getting started out in Inscryption, be sure to read our beginner's guide to get a feel for what can sometimes be a rather obscure and difficult game. Fans of horror games, genre-defying experiences, and deck-builders should definitely give this one a look.
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