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App description: Ever wanted to start your own cult? Or wished you could summon eldritch horror-terrors from the abyssal depths from whence we all came? Well here's your chance!

Underhand is a CCG (Cultist Card Game) that puts you into the role of a cult leader. Your job is to manage your cult's resources effectively as you respond to different event cards drawn from the deck. How you respond to these events will determine how far you'll go-- will you succeed in summoning one, or maybe even all of the Ancient Ones? Or will you be just another would-be upstart falling prey to the trials and tribulations of time? Only you can decide!

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THRILLING

Whether you're facing a treacherous obstacle or encountering an unexpected boon, every decision you make has tangible consequences manifesting as the current state of your hand. Underhand will have you on the edge of your seat as you walk the tightrope between having too many resources and not enough.

IMMERSIVE

With stunning, almost eerie visuals and sound, the stage is set for the perfect atmospheric experience. Every now and then, the in-game radio will react to your choices and broadcast the game-world's current state of affairs as affected by you, mastermind cult leader supreme-- all so you can keep up with the latest happenings and make more happenings... well, happen.

UNPARALLELED

Do you know any other games that let you run a cult? How about ones that also let you summon unfathomably monstrous deities? Or ones that let you do both of those packaged into one wholesome, sleek, mobile card game experience? Whatever else you want to say about Underhand, it's irrefutably the first of its kind. Play now, so you can proudly proclaim that you were into it well before it amassed a cult following!
10-10-2017, 07:05 PM
#2
Well this is interesting.
Man I love card games. A few more rounds and I should have the hang of it.
Nice look and jazzy music

10-11-2017, 12:53 PM
#3
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 120
This is a somewhat simple but otherwise very decent resource balancing game.
The graphics are crisp, I like the art style.

The most surprising aspect however is that this game is free and seems to have no IAP.
10-11-2017, 02:39 PM
#4
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 461
Really enjoying it, but haven't been able to finish a game (was able to finish tutorial) yet due to crashes. Wish it saved each turn so I could resume after a crash.

Playing on 6+ iOS 10.3.3.
10-11-2017, 10:34 PM
#5
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Posts: 11,920
Cute fun so far, reminds me of a clever hybrid of Frost, Reigns, and the PC game, Hands of Fate with a big dose of Cthulhu Mythos to boot. Good stuff.

Ive unlocked the second blessing after my first win, but on my second win I just got another message to the effect of unlocking that second blessing Id already unlocked. Is this a bug?

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10-14-2017, 06:11 AM
#6
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 120
Hey LordGek, funny how I always find you in threads on niche deckbuilders and alike

I am so digging this hidden gem!

Anyway I encountered the same as you, restarting the game gives you an expedition in the jungle which leads to unlocking the second god again.
So first I closed this expedition path, but that leaves you with a deck that does not lead to a god.
While I was stuck I started choosing some of the more exotic options presented in the recurring cards.


I managed to unlock the third god by running out of food and going full canibal in the options presented.
Good luck!
10-14-2017, 10:55 AM
#7
This knocked Through the Ages off its perch.
10-14-2017, 03:32 PM
#8
Senior Member [Original Poster]
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 1,910
Just gave it a go myself, but honestly I found it monotonous. Card after card and each required choosing the same or similar options. I'd rather be playing Ascension or some other deck builder. That said, I'll admit I hadn't even made it to see a God which is apparently the aim of each play, but given I'd been doing the same thing for 15 minutes or so, I just closed and deleted.

Someone feel free to fill me in with where is the captivating gameplay here.
10-14-2017, 06:20 PM
#9
This game is fascinating! It reminds me a lot of Reigns, in the sense that you're basically playing through a series of different events. At the core, it's also a resource management game which is again, similar to Reigns. What I really like about this game though is that there is a lot more strategy in terms of which resources you keep/toss. I've only gotten to the second storyline, but I like how each playthrough has different events in the deck. I'm hoping that some new events are added as you progress through the game. The random background radio that adds some light lore about the events is great. The suspicion/greed/food mechanics are great and add another layer of tension.

It looks a bit strange on iPad (lots of blank area) and it's clear that it was meant for a phone. Nothing too major, just isn't as polished as it could be. I'd also like a bit more visual cues about whether or not my actions advanced the quest. In the Jungle Quest for instance, I could pick 'go left' or 'go right' and I wasn't clear if I'd advanced the quest at all. The main menu is also a bit fiddly - what's with the arrows instead of just swiping left or right?

All-in-all, the game is absolutely fantastic and I wish I'd seen it earlier, because I think the presentation of events is much better than what I did in Meteorfall. I love how the events might add other events into the encounter deck, and that some of the events have multiple 'stages' you have to get through. So many unique and creative ideas here. Highly recommend.
10-15-2017, 02:01 AM
#10
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 120
Quote:
Originally Posted by slothwerks View Post
I'm hoping that some new events are added as you progress through the game.
After unlocking a god his blessings are added to the game (you choose up to 4) and playing with the first 3 blessings got me at least 2 new event types, one of which the artwork suggest leads to the next god.