MY INSCRYPTION SHRINE
WARNING FOR LIGHT / VAGUE SPOILERS !!!
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INSCRYPTION is a deck-building roguelike game with puzzles and meta psych-horror elements. It was released for windows in October 2021 by indie dev Daniel Mullens, creator of Pony Island (2016), and went on to receive a port for consoles in August of 2022.
INSCRYPTION was popularized due to large youtubers such as Markiplier, ManlyBadassHero, Penguinz0, and more doing playthroughs and praising the game's atmosphere and excellent gameplay-loop.
Consisting of 3 different acts as well as meta sections, an epilogue, and extra downloadable content, INSCRYPTION shows off its ability to cover and cohesively connect genres.
The scrybes are the "main antagonists" of INSCRYPTION, with the goal of the in-universe game being to defeat and replace one of them. Each scrybe holds a specific deck-type and area where cards of said type can be found or purchased.
Meta-game that INSCRYPTION is, it is also a brilliant ARG ( alternate reality game ) with so many clues and tricks to what it all meant- what it was all for.
In the end, P03 prevails as my favorite character of them all due to how in-depth its character truly is. It is cold and cruel and patronizing and dismissive but, in the end, it is what a computer is at the most base concept: calculating. It calculates perfectly, it predicts masterfully, and in the end succeeds in its goals, with the assistance of no one but ourself as the player.
Revisiting, replaying, retracing steps, every look at this game, these characters, this reality, every tidbit of information works towards the deep world-building and narratives in a way many games fail. I struggle to name even a single project as interactive, extensive and complex as the INSCRYPTION ARG. And to this day, and the foreseeable future, I cannot imagine another game I have adored more.