If you like games about crafting furniture while also violently carving through demonic enemies, Cult of the Lamb is worth checking out.
Cult of the Lamb is the latest indie smash hit by Massive Monster, the same studio behind The Adventure Pals and Never Give Up. Despite its cutesy art style, the game’s core premise is leading a cult of ravenous followers in a mission to restore a forsaken god.
Cult of the Lamb’s juxtaposed aesthetic and Twitch integration have already made it a hit for streamers. Here’s what newcomers need to know about the game.
What kind of game genre is Cult of the Lamb?
Cult of the Lamb’s genre is a mix between Animal Crossing-style settlement building and Bind of Isaac-like rogue-lite combat.
Cult of the Lamb is somewhat unique in that it splits its two genres into two distinct sections. For the base-building, players walk around mingling with cultists and building new structures. Once they exit the camp, the game turns into a rogue-lite complete with procedural generation and game-breaking item combos. Players can incidentally gather resources for the base during levels, but combat is very much the main focus.
The tone of Cult of the Lamb is more light-hearted than its genre blend would suggest. Instead of pure survival, cultists are more concerned with pretty decorations and tasty food. Still, they often willingly sacrifice themselves in the name of the player. The combat sections are darker in tone with frightening boss designs. However, it’s all presented in a fairy tale style with lots of attention to detail.
Cult of the Lamb platforms
Cult of the Lamb is currently available on all of the following platforms:
- Nintendo Switch
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series
In addition to the game, Massive Monster also offers the official soundtrack for $9.99 and the optional Cultist Pack for $4.99. The day-one DLC includes five new cosmetic forms for cult followers and seven unique decorative items for the base. The Cultist Pack does not seem to give an in-game advantage in any way. Players can purchase all content as a bundle for $29.98.
For gamers who are unsure if Cult of the Lamb is their type of game, publisher Devolver Digital offers a free demo of the game on Steam. The button to download the demo is below the developer’s social links near the green price tag. It includes the first two rogue-lite combat levels and the demo came out alongside other Devolver Digital projects including Anger Foot and Terra Nil.
Cult of the Lamb Twitch extension is a hit with streamers
Thanks to its cutesy, yet occultic charm and fun gameplay, Cult of the Lamb has become a popular pick for Twitch streamers.
The game has averaged 19,892 viewers for its release week with peaks over 150,000. Part of the success is due to a unique Twitch integration feature on the PC version of the game. Cult of the Lamb can parse a streamer’s chat room and turn watchers into in-game cultists. Viewers can then customize their avatar by donating Twitch bits customizable by the streamer.