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Review: “Lucius” or Child Serial Killer Simulator

Posted under Featured, and News, and Reviews by Justin Oung on Sunday, October 28th, 2012 -

I’ve been sitting in the bathtub for three days in an odd mixture of soap, aloe vera, and holy water trying to cleanse my soul from having played Lucius.  If you have ever wondered what it would be like to murder people for no reason, then by golly, this game is for you (you sadistic, horrible mess of a human being)!

If there were ever a developer who just wanted to give the finger to religious politicians condemning entertainment for violence, Shiver Studios would be it.  Lucius pays obvious homage to the 1976 classic horror movie The Omen, and its trailers showcase several references to other classic movies such as The Shining and The Exorcist.  It makes gore-lovers giddy with delight!

The story centers on our titular antagonist, Dami… I mean, Lucius, who is strung along like a puppet in a mansion for which his father, Satan, orders him to murder people.  In order to quell suspicion, you’re asked to do chores on occasion, like cleaning your room or helping to find things for NPC’s, like a band tape for a car mechanic.  Your adopted father is a wealthy politician with mob ties and a penchant for ignoring obvious decisions such as… well, , moving out.    Also, the narrator is a Detective MacGuffin, who really exists for no other purpose.  Oh my God!  So meta!

I know what you’re asking… is this game fun?

Let me put it this way: playing Lucius is about the equivalent of going to watch a donkey show. At first, you’re all like, “I’m going to watch this thing where this person is going to do this horrible thing!” and then you get there and you’re all like, “I just witnessed this person doing this horrible thing and now I can’t un-see that…”.  So, now you’re left with this terrible image in your mind for a few days and you sleep in a fetal position on occasion.

So, is it fun?

Gameplay mirrors that of theHitman series, where your purpose is to kill others by staying incognito.  Also, the game is kind of a basic “pick this up, combine it with this thing, put it in a thing, and wait for this thing to happen”.  If you’re familiar with adventure games, then this mechanic is nothing new, but it can get a little repetitive after awhile.  The story and gameplay are both linear, and that doesn’t mean that the game is terrible, but it doesn’t really offer anything new besides the fact that you get to be the bad guy in a game for once.

However, that doesn’t mean the game can’t be fun, especially if you’re in the mood to let off a little aggression after a bad day of working retail.  It doesn’t have a lot of lasting appeal, but it can be fun in small doses, which can be great for casual gamers.

If that’s appealing to you, then the price point forLucius may be even better.  It is currently available on Steam for about $25, which will probably drop about $10 in a month or so.

 

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