Have You Performed… The Shrouded Isle?
Everybody’s a rotter in The Shrouded Isle. You particularly. Because the excessive priest in a small island city, you have to appease the slumbering god beneath the waves by sacrificing one villager each season. For the previous 495 years, the whole lot’s been going swimmingly. However now there’s speak of your monstrous lord rising once more in 5 years time. Will you be capable to work with the city’s 5 noble households and root out all these pesky sinners earlier than He arrives and be judged a worthy disciple? That is what this cult sim is all about.
And lemme inform ya. It is a exhausting job being a sacrifical priest. Of all of the runs I’ve tried up to now, I’ve perhaps solely made it two years earlier than I annoy one of many 5 homes a lot that they’ve overtly rebelled towards me and bumped me off within the night time. There’s rather a lot to handle. In the beginning of every three-month-long season, you have to choose 5 advisors (one from every home) that will help you do your bidding. Sadly, it is a kind of 5 who will get the chop on the finish of stated season. For sure, one home is not going to be very proud of you on the finish of it. You may assist mitigate their wrath by uncovering proof of their misdeeds and exposing them as a nasty ‘un, however sacrifice one too many from the identical home in a row and you will nonetheless end up on a quick monitor to the gallows.
Every home governs one of many city’s key stats, too. You need to preserve your villagers ‘ignorant’, so they do not begin doubting your monstrous lord; they have to be ‘penitent’ in the event that they transgress; they have to be ‘obedient’; their ‘fervour’ have to be ferocious; and most of all, they have to be ‘disciplined’ in maintaining their religion. Deciding on considered one of these advisors will give their home’s respective stat a pleasant increase that month, however you have additionally acquired to take their very own particular person virtues and vices into consideration as effectively, as these will have an effect on your city’s different stats. In any case, if the villagers see your head ebook burner slacking off as a result of they’re secretly studying stated books on the sly to turn into a ‘scholar’, say, or your predominant monument builder’s spending an excessive amount of time with the women as a result of they are a ‘flirt’, that is going to mirror poorly on you.
You may inquire into the personalities of every family member to get a greater sense of what horrible turds you are going to be coping with every season, however this, too, will come at the price of the nobles’ good will towards you. It is a delicate balancing act, however goodness, not less than its placing color palette means it is at all times a pleasure to have a look at, regardless of the grim material. It is intensely atmospheric, too, and the accompanying music is splendidly sinister and foreboding, the trills of its harpsichord and ominous bell tolls becoming completely with the pseudo-Victorian trappings of this unholy cult ’em up.