Simon Forman is convinced that the solutions to Elizabethan London’s problems are written in the stars. And he’s managed to convince a bunch of other people of that too.
Astrologaster is based on the work of the real Forman—a self-professed astrological “doctor” from the 16th century. The game tells the story of the misguided medic’s attempts to divine meaning and answers from his astrological readings. And it’s downright hilarious.
Inspired by Forman’s real patient records, Astrologaster’s conversations play out in suitably absurd fashion. Your role is to diagnose each patient using the stars. Do you tell them what they want to hear or genuinely try to help them? Do your job well and they’ll come back for more. From giving questionable investment advice to finding stolen pies, a fake doctor’s work is never done.
Like creator Nyamyam’s previous game, Tengami, Astrologaster is set within the pages of a pop-up book. Watching the carefully crafted cardboard scenes expand and contract as you swipe to turn the pages is immensely satisfying.
Astrologaster’s unique subject matter, brilliant script, and superb voice acting power a game as unconventional as Simon Forman’s curious methodology.