A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

You find yourself in a dimly lit log cabin in the middle of the woods. You are starving to death. The stranger who resides there tells you that he will feed you if you defeat him in a game of cards.

Sacrifices Must Be Made is a game created for Ludum Dare 43. I produced the game code, art, and audio in 48 hours. Here's the Ludum Dare entry page!

The game should take around 10-15 minutes to complete. There is an ending so hang in there!


  • Mouse - Move Cursor and Click
  • WASD/Arrow Keys - Shift Camera View
  • SHIFT+R - Reset Level

Tools Used

  • Unity
  • Photoshop
  • PixaTool
  • Audacity
  • Garage Band
  • My shitty microphone for recording sound!

Fonts Used

Spanish localization by Luis Redin (@luis_redin)
Italian localization by Marcello Brancaccio (@marcebra)

PS. This game was the basis for the next large-scale Daniel Mullins game, Inscryption! Currently in development.

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(333 total ratings)
AuthorDaniel Mullins
GenreCard Game
Made withAdobe Photoshop, Unity
TagsIndie, Ludum Dare, Ludum Dare 43, sacrifices
Average sessionA few minutes
LanguagesEnglish, Spanish; Castilian, Italian
LinksLudum Dare


Sacrifices Must Be Made (Improved Post Jam) 20 MB
Sacrifices Must Be Made (Improved Post Jam) 24 MB
Sacrifices Must Be Made (Improved Post Jam) 27 MB
Sacrifices Must Be Made (Spanish) 20 MB
Sacrifices Must Be Made (Spanish) 24 MB
Sacrifices Must Be Made (Spanish) 27 MB
Sacrifices Must Be Made (Italian) 21 MB
Sacrifices Must Be Made (Italian) 25 MB
Sacrifices Must Be Made (Italian) 28 MB
Sacrifices Must Be Made (Original Game Jam) 20 MB
Sacrifices Must Be Made (Original Game Jam) 23 MB

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I loved it a lot. Definitely buying inscryption soon


Leshy did nothing wrong

The game is good, but it's way too scripted. I played for about an hour, and winning a match seemed impossible, except for the tutorial. Otherwise, the enemy manages to counter every move you make, leading to a significant waste of time

The game seemed quite easy to me, I beat each match first try and only got close to death once or twice


This was awesome; I really admire your work. I am so thankful I could find this as easy as I did. I cannot wait to see what else you make. You inspired me to make games. Thank you!


Great game!


Lmao. Berglord. This was the original beta of the game. Idiot


this game seems very similar to another game called inscryption. i think you guys ripped it off! 

nah just joshin

i think a longer version of this (a free one) would be nice, im so sad it was only like 15 mins, i love this game

go multiplayer

he is funny

Will you make a longer version ? I thinks it's can be really fun to play an improved version of the Inscription's first chapter with more card an all


Finish Inscryption. Beating the game unlocks a bonus mode that's act 1 but it gets progressively more difficult and has more content.

Also, not for nothing, but the rest of Inscryption is also very good.


the fact this dude made inscription is so cool


Muchisimas gracias por el juego en español <3 



Bro i had to buy the steam game BUT ITS FREE HERE what a waste of money


this game is the precursor to inscryption,it has the same basic mechanics but is less polished and isnt as full as inscryption.

sacrifices must be made is only a small piece of the greater whole that the full inscryption became from this game.


ah thank you


Did you even play this?

Very good and fun especially the last hand


the ending is sad but the cards are cool,the knife was a good touch.



Never played this
Inscryption however was one of the best games I played this year

So Yeah, I'll give this a try


Definately playing this for a video

So this is the first section of inscryption? just different?


The description literally says that this was the prototype more or less for Inscryption

love the game bro ngl very well made and i like the concept ( card games lover )



Omfg what an ending and the hints throughout it all?! Happy i didn't give up when I got stuck but yeah!!

I got stuck at the beginning too lol


wow, just wow

nice free demo of inscryption. 4.5/5

I had no idea this started with a game jam. Love Inscryption and loved this.
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Its really impresive how much a game can do with just a few resources. The atmosphere is crazy and really creepy as intended. Thank you for this and for (of course) Inscryption.

I wish I could of got to the end! I felt extremely stuck so I gave up. One thing I'd like to mention about the game that could use improving. I felt as though there was a lack of audio in some areas and the areas that weren't lacking might have been a little too loud. But that is just my opinion. Loved the concept of the game but could not get to the end. 


I didn't realize this game was cleaned up and released so I'm gonna try the full thing!


good luck - the full game is effing awesome!


The trick on the last level is to cut off your hand when you're in a position to deal some damage. Took me a couple tries to figure that out.


pretty cool game


Even though it focused more in the atmosphere than in the strategy? 😏


the origin story


Oh boy, what a great game! Hope there isn't a huge ARG and a bunch of lore! That would make it one of the best games ever and I'd be obsessed with it! Phew! Good thing this game has none of those!

..Seriously though.. check out Inscryption, it's one of the best games out there

Sono stato in grado di far comparire numerosi scoiattoli senza bisogno di sacrificare la carta..premo sulla carta e punto sul tabellone quando torno sul mazzo appaiono 2 scoiattoli..credo si tratti di un bug

Ciao, si credo sia un bug teoricamente se scarichi la versione post jam dovrebbe risolversi.
Comunque scusa se ti infastidisco ma ti volevo dire che ho fatto un
video su questo gioco e mi farebbe molto piacere se gli andassi a dare un occhiata, se vuoi questo è il link: Link al video

lo guardo ora(con un Po di ritardo) grazie per aver risposto 

di niente.


This turned into one of THE BEST games ever made 


Hey there, sorry for begging but it would be great if you take a look at my
video of this game: Don't forget to activate the subtitles

Great card game, one of the best I ever played!!


so this is why game jams are important...


wow it's amazing to see where it all started


I think we are all now so happy this happened!
Fucking rockstar


when i try to play the game it  crashes and deletes the exe file. and when i tried to move it to my usb it says it needs permission from the administrator. help???


the ending is kinda dark and i love it.

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