Playing as the son of the devil himself Lucius explores the darker side of gaming with a horror game revolving around stealth and psychological elements as you seek to cause pain to those around you. Serving as the first game in a series of horror titles this 2012 release for Windows gives players a world (and people) at their mercy.
Stepping into the small shoes of Lucius, a 6 year old boy created by Lucifer your objective is to murder the members of the household by utilising stealth and planning. As a young boy you’ll rely on your dark mind control powers and the objects within the house to make each new death seem like an accident and leave your true nature unknown by those around you. Belonging to a rich family ensures there are plenty of adults around that are unsuspecting of the dark powers you hold within.
This location also provides a fruitful number of rooms and objects to serve as your playground but similarly means there are a number of witnesses to work around. Players get their first taste of this in the game tutorial after they lock the maid within the walk in freezer and after the deed is done remove the lock to ensure it looks like an accident due to a faulty door. With each deadly circumstance you’ll grow darker and obtain new powers to create more complex and orchestrated attacks to keep your true identity hidden. To help mask these darker intentions players can also complete chores assigned to them which provide small game rewards the first few times they are completed.
Along the way players will also uncover more story surrounding Lucius, his family and the victims of your endeavours. This advancement requires a keen eye for interactive objects though along with consideration of the habits of your victim to put yourself in an appropriate position to complete the crime. Once you figure it out you’ll receive a cut scene showing your victims demise along with story advancing elements to send you towards another unsuspecting victim.
Players have mostly free roam around the mansion to complete their objects with Lucius controlled in a typical mouse and WASD control scheme with items interacted with as necessary along the way. Some of these items can also be placed in your inventory with objects like lightbulbs, matches, screwdrivers, pens amongst other deadly items including a dagger, revolver and rat poison.
All combined the dark setting and cut scenes of Lucius will quickly suck you into an interesting game with a number of different ideas featured. Unfortunately some of the murders can send you around for hours with minimal information to go off and are made exponentially worse by the massive manor grounds and pace that Lucius moves within them.
- Play as the son of darkness with six year old Lucius your avatar.
- Murder people around the manor and make it look like an accident to continue on a murder spree.
- Put together clues of behaviour to uncover the assassination method required for your target.
- Use dark powers such as telekinesis to help achieve your objective.
- Explore the 3D world with a cut scene driven story based on your actions.
Review Platform: PC