Cult of the Lamb is one of the most unique games to come out in recent years, which unfortunately means that there are not many games similar to it that you can play once you’ve beaten it. Trying to find good games similar to Cult of the Lamb is like trying to find an invisible needle in an equally invisible haystack; it almost doesn’t matter that they’re out there, because they’re nearly impossible to find. If you’re still desperately searching for these elusive games, you’re in luck! This is a comprehensive list of some of the best available games similar to Cult of the Lamb!
Don’t Starve is a brutal survival game with a lot of horror elements, similar to Cult of the Lamb. You play as a helpless human who has to fight back against the unforgiving wilderness they’ve been dumped into and figure out a long-term survival plan by creating their own food farms, and by going on expeditions to forage for food (just like Cult of the Lamb!).
You can also build shelters and weapons to help fight back against the savage creatures in the wilderness that are constantly trying to turn you into a meal! Unlike Cult of the Lamb, however, when you die in Don’t Starve, you lose everything; in Cult of the Lamb, you get immediately resurrected when you die and only have to lose a few resources and some Faith. So if you wanted a game that packs a little bit more of a punch than Cult of the Lamb, check out Don’t Starve!
If Cult of the Lamb were based in Greek mythology and was full of scantily-clad men and women, it would be Hades. The combat of this dungeon-crawler is extremely reminiscent of Cult of the Lamb, and the fact that there are numerous actual gods and demons littered throughout the game definitely matches Cult of the Lamb’s main themes.
Hades is a rogue-like indie game full of adventure, action, and demons! You play as the son of Hades, furiously hacking and slashing away at the demons of the Underworld you’re trapped in to reach the surface. If you didn’t get your demon-slaying fix when playing Cult of the Lamb, try playing Hades instead! This game is much more difficult than it looks, however; you definitely want to keep on your toes with this adventure RPG game.
Graveyard Keeper is an adventure indie game full of death, ghosts, and minor graverobbing! If you liked playing Cult of the Lamb but decided there just wasn’t enough death involved, you should definitely check out Graveyard Keeper. This game is best described as Cult of the Lamb and Stardew Valley’s secret, grotesque lovechild.
Graveyard Keeper has many of the same themes as Cult of the Lamb, but it’s primarily a management sim. In this game, you play as a guy who wakes up in a completely different world and decides to set up shop as the keeper of a local graveyard because a talking skull told him to (don’t think about it too much). If you love playing games with lighthearted themes of death, casual cannibalism, and spontaneous sacrilegious behavior, then you definitely need to check out Graveyard Keeper!
The Binding of Isaac
If you chant “Cult of the Lamb” three times in a mirror with the lights off, and mispronounce it on the third chant, you will summon The Binding of Isaac. This game is very reminiscent of Cult of the Lamb, if you loved playing Cult of the Lamb and are eager to play more games like it, this game should be at the top of your list! This game is like Cult of the Lamb’s grizzled older brother; many of the mechanics and themes are the same, but it’s somehow even darker and more morbid than Cult of the Lamb (which is saying something!).
In this game, you play a boy named Isaac, whose mother has just received a message from “God” telling her to murder her son to prove her faith. Fearing for his life, Isaac tries to escape his murderous mother by jumping down into his home’s bottomless, monster-infested cellar. The Binding of Isaac is a rogue-like adventure game with heavy elements of horror and morbidity; if an undead sacrificial lamb raising a demonic cult in a banished god’s name wasn’t horrific enough for you, then you definitely need to consider buying The Binding of Isaac.
This game is similar to Cult of the Lamb in style and in theme, but Hollow Knight is definitely in a class all of its own! This Metroidvania fighting game is one of the most difficult, yet rewarding adventure games on the market; this game will make you want to play for hours and never want to play it ever again (especially after you die) at the same time. Hollow Knight is a good pick for anyone who was a big fan of the combat styles in Cult of the Lamb.
Hollow Knight is a 2D action scroller game where you play as an insectoid creature only known as the Knight; your world is being affected by something dark and malevolent and it’s your duty to help fix it! This game is full of exploring twisted dungeons, defeating tainted creatures, and helping out your fellow insects! This game is as cute as it is grisly, don’t let the adorable animation fool you into a false sense of security! If you loved the fighting and strategy elements of Cult of the Lamb, you’ll absolutely fall in love with Hollow Knight.
Enter The Gungeon
This game is exactly what you think it is: a dungeon-crawler with guns (a lot of guns). Enter the Gungeon is similar to Cult of the Lamb with its combat and its style, and it’s no wonder why; this game is brought to you by the same people who published Cult of the Lamb! Devolver Digital is responsible for a lot of amazing dungeon-crawler games, but Cult of the Lamb and Enter the Gungeon definitely take the cake as the best games they have to offer.
This game is all about combat and exploration, so if you liked those aspects of Cult of the Lamb, you’ll love Enter the Gungeon! In this game, you play as a member of a rag-tag team of explorers on the hunt for the ultimate mythical weapon: a gun that can erase the past. Shoot, loot, and dodge-roll your way through numerous bullet-littered rooms to claim your ultimate prize!
Crypt of the NecroDancer
Crypt of the Necrodancer isn’t just your average roguelike game; similar to Cult of the Lamb, this indie game is a hardcore adventure game with its own unique twist: it’s a rhythm-based dungeon crawler! Music and rhythm-based games almost never come in the form of dungeon or roguelike games, so the fact that this game even exists is already an impressive feat. You can play this game with the original soundtrack by Danny Baranowsky or you can use your very own MP3 files!
In Crypt of the Necrodancer, you get to make your way through brightly colored dungeon rooms and battle to the rhythmic beat of the music; the more beatdowns you deliver to the beat, the more enemies you can defeat! This game doesn’t have a lot of horror elements, but it’s very similar to Cult of the Lamb’s combat style, dungeon layouts, and sense of casual morbidity.
Wytchwood isn’t as combat-heavy as some of the other games on this list, but what it lacks in combat it makes up for with its captivating, narrative-heavy storyline and cast of supernatural characters! This RPG is a crafting adventure game set in a macabre fairytale world, full of monsters, demons, mythical creatures, and lots of potion crafting!
You play as an impartial witch traveling the world looking for rare potion ingredients, though you end up encountering much more than just simple ingredients. Along your journeys, you’ll be faced with unexpectedly difficult moral dilemmas and must pass judgment on a whole cast of mercurial characters. If you loved the dark humor and foraging/cooking elements of Cult of the Lamb, you definitely need to consider buying Witchwood to add to your collection!
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There may not be a lot of games similar to Cult of the Lamb, but that may change in the future. Cult of the Lamb is undoubtedly unique and could definitely serve as inspiration for future games, so always be on the lookout for new games that remind you of Cult of the Lamb! If you love playing Cult of the Lamb but haven’t finished the game yet, check out Gamer Journalist’s helpful guides on how to defeat this game’s tough bosses!