Saturday, 02 June 2018 12:41

REVIEW: MachiaVillain (Steam)

Written by Kevin Lal
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Management of a Horror House killing Bankers, does this not sound appealing?

You are monster working under a very demanding and ungrateful boss in a job you hate! You take the opportunity to join the League of Machiavellian Villains, to build your own empire and take revenge on your enemies. The intro is very slapstick with hand drawn style graphics and cheesy voice overs that work very well with this humour.

You start with a choice of three minions that offer different abilities and enhancements to the job roles you can allocate them. In the middle of a dark and dank landscape you need to start collecting and gaining resources to start on the journey to build your house of horrors. I feel like the allocation of job roles seem over complicated to start off with but have their purpose. For example, when clicking a tree to gain wood, the employees that have this as one of their job roles will begin.

It is very similar to Dungeon Keeper and Evil Genius but brings in a top down camera view with hand drawn style graphics to set it apart, though it does have some comparisons to Prison Architect. I like the look of the game, the ideas behind it and what it has to offer, it stands alone in its own right. It has a very welcoming price too, keeping it low was a good move. Once you start to play the game you start to fall in love with its promise.

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The purpose of the game is to gain resources, which Wild Factor has kept simple. With only a few resources you start to build your trap. I call it a trap as it is to convince and coerse people to enter your mansion where they will be slaughtered to gain reputation. You want to be known as the strongest villain around. You also gain hierarchy in the League of Machiavellian Villains.

As you gain reputation the visitors become more frightened and more likely to flee. You can start to build up your minions and property the more reputation you gain. It's an interesting take on the genre and offers a lot of fun, but it can become repetitive to some as you have to grind the resources. This can be the way in most games of this genre.

In all I recommend trying this title. The style of the game kept me entertained and really enjoyed the animations. The slapstick humour and voices make it a giggle at times too. It's a low price as I stated which is always a plus in an expensive hobby.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 3.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, Mac, Linux, Steam
  • Developer: Wild Factor
  • Publisher: Good Shepherd Entertainment
  • Genre: Strategy, Indie, Simulation