OK, so this is a pretty out-there suggestion at first glance, but bear with us. What do you do in a Pokémon game? You gather animal-like creatures, battle others, and then have your captured beasts work for you in various ways? Right? Right? Well, that’s the premise of Cult of the Lamb!
But, you know, so very dark.
This not-for-children cult sim is played in two distinct halves, a bit like Moonlighter but with sacrifices. Half the time you’re running your home base, building up places for your acolytes to live, worship, and work for you. The other half, you’re off on rogue-lite missions to battle through a number of real-time fights, and gathering new followers, with the overall goal of murdering ancient gods.
OK, so it’s not enormously like Pokémon, but it’s certainly a cathartic experience after spending a little too long within the saccharine world of Nintendo’s creations. If you ever wanted to put fear into the hearts of your Pokédex by picking one of them at random to sacrifice in your honor, then this is the game for you.