Parents' Guide to

Inscryption

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Can you escape this sinister game night with your life?

Game Windows 2021
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

Things you need to know

I don't want to include any spoilers in my review, but there are certain things you must know if you are considering letting a child play this game without playing it completely through yourself first. This game includes: * A strong theme of sacrifice (of others against their will) * Self-harm (removing of the player's teeth and eyes as a price) * Multiple uses of the f-word * Existential horror * Mild references to torture, including some characters driven to insanity from it * A blurring between reality and fiction that could be distressing for children
age 15+

A Delightful Little Horror Card Game

Wonderfully delicious Deck Building Horror game! Very reminiscent of internet horror, where lore is expressed in convoluted but tasteful ways. Some disturbing images and themes, and occasional strong language.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Things are often not what they first seem, because what starts off one way can often become something totally different once you start peeling back the layers. Such is the case with Inscryption. At first blush, the game comes across as a relatively simple card game with some slightly sinister undertones. It's creepy enough that your opponent-slash-gamemaster always skulks about deep in the shadows, with only a glowing pair of eyes staring you down. The, once your cards start talking to you, telling you of their suffering and trying to warn you about your host, things quickly take a darker turn. And once you first step away from the table and begin to examine the room you realize you're trapped in, that's when you start to really grasp the true nature of the game. This is more than just some normal card game. It's more than just a puzzle game too. This is psychologically intense survival horror.

Inscryption is almost as frustrating as it is entertaining at times. While there's a rulebook available to explain the basics of the gameplay, it doesn't help when those rules seem to change at the whim of the gamemaster and stack the proverbial (and sometimes literal) deck against you. Stepping aside from the table and into the "escape room" styled cabin is even more vague. The host might tell you to pick up a specific item for some reason, but there's so much more you can interact with. There are numerous secrets hidden throughout the cabin, as well as more than a few red herrings. And since the host isn't keen on you escaping his grasp, he's never very forthcoming with information in your favor. This means a lot of the game is trial and error, and that means a lot of dying and restarting as a new challenger. Still, as frustrating as it can be, with each playthrough, you learn a little bit more and make a bit more progress. As a result, escape always feels like it's just barely outside of your reach and the next match might finally be the one leading you to freedom.

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