Encryption is one of those games where the less you know, the better. A card that is battling roguelike on first impression is outside of the doubles where the real magic happens. Daniel Mullins has crafted a deceiving title full of layers and surprises; Pulling them back and learning how they tick is what makes encryption great.
structured type like a Dungeons & Dragons Campaign, a dangerous figure sits in front of you at a table at which a battle of cards is played. You must win each match by earning points through attack damage and using the abilities of the cards in your deck. Between encounters, Silhouette takes on contrasting different personalities as you face rewarding situations with new cards, items, and opportunities to upgrade your deck. If you lose two matches in one area or succumb to the boss, you will be sent back to the beginning.
Each fight remains engaging and intense, with the luck of the draw playing a big part in whether you succeed or fail. It’s satisfying to improve your deck with better cards, and the addition of boss mechanics means you can easily beat them the second time around. Encryption is a really solid card battler with the best of what the genre has to offer, but its secrets – which are plentiful – remain the real reason for playing the game.
Leaving the table to explore your surroundings brings secrets, puzzles, and discoveries you’d never expect from a game based on the screenshots accompanying this review. Trust us: You don’t want to be spoiled. As such, we have to dance around this big element of the game to keep the surprise going. If you need something that really derails — in a very, very good way — then encryption should be at the top of your wish list.
Porting the game from PC has introduced some slightly odd control options, but they’re something you’ll get used to. Also, this is a consistently tough title so accept that it will take several runs before you find your feet.
Encryption is a great card battler, but even what it sells is a truly unique experience. If you’re interested in what else it has to offer, head off to this webpage, boot up your PS5, and buy the game. Keep yourself in the dark. You are better for it.