There’s something deeply unsettling about playing a game as a child. The sense of helplessness is just unnerving. This is the feeling created by a game like Lucius, which puts players in the role of a truly murderous tot. It’s the goal of Lucius to make playing as the Anti-Christ both fun and terrifying. The final product is certainly unique. The goal of this Lucius game review is to give an in-depth and fair view of the game.
|Type of Game||Stealth/Adventure|
|Google Play||Download Page|
It’s a rare game that puts you in control of a character that’s absolutely the bad guy. It’s even more rare that your evil protagonist is engaged in such dark acts. In this Lucius game review, we’ll discuss exactly how that works. We’ll cover the game’s design, its main character, and its mission structure. We will also take a moment to discuss the full version of the game, which presents a somewhat different take on the same basic idea.
Design & Graphics
The version that we use in this Lucius game review is what is known as a “demake”. This version of the game preserves the core experience in a less technically-taxing style. In this case, the game is a throwback to the adventure games of the 1990s, with 2D action and a intentionally de-constructed cut scenes. The game doesn’t look bad, exactly, but it doesn’t look like what one would come to expect from a modern game. It is both made to evoke old-school imagery and designed to port a somewhat complex game into a package that is suitable for most smartphones.
This is a very different game than what one would find on the PC. The PC game is more of a 3D stealth-horror game, while this game is more of an adventure title. The deconstructed graphics of this version are actually something of a blessing, because the main game’s graphics are often problematic. The gameplay is actually a bit better in the main game, with a little more flexibility and a more modern bent. Consider this version of the game to be more akin to a handheld port rather than a remake for mobile platforms.
The main character of this Lucius game review is, of course the titular Lucius. The six-year old son of the devil, the game puts you in command of the Anti-Christ himself. He’s a suitably creepy little kid in terms of presentation. You could easily see this kid filling the shoes of the main character in a movie like The Omen. In fact, you should probably go ahead and do that because this character is absolutely just Damian with the serial numbers filed off. The game heavily relies on your familiarity with other, similar properties in order to give you an idea of the character’s personality and motivations.
If you aren’t already familiar with the genre of Devil Child movies, you’re probably not going to relate much to this character. Because of the nature of the game, Lucius himself is largely a cypher. He’s clearly a bad kid, of course, and he does bad things. However, you don’t get any deeper look into his psyche than that. There’s probably a great deal of fertile ground to explore here, but it’s left fallow in this game.
As we played through this Lucius game review, we were struck by how flimsy a plot this game actually has. While the phrase “murder simulator” has been used for years to describe violent video games, this might be the best legitimate use of the term. Yes, you play through the game as the Anti-Christ. Theoretically, there’s a reason that you’re doing things in the game. However, it really all boils down to the fact that you’re just going to go kill a house full of people because the devil told you to do so.
In terms of mission design, what you’re really looking at here is a puzzle game. While it might be sold as a stealth or adventure title, you’re just solving the puzzles of how to effectively murder a number of targets. We’re not talking about the Hitman version of puzzle murder, either. This is more of a game that centers around “Get X, Press Y, and Do Z” to murder rather than elaborately planning out a hit. That’s not a knock on the game. However, it knows exactly what it wants to do and it does it fairly well. Each kill is set up well and gives players a fair amount to do.
It’s important to remember that there are several other games out there masquerading as more traditional ports of the PC version of Lucius. In truth, the demake is the best you’re going to do on a mobile platform. Be wary of any game that claims to be more than that. You’ll likely be drawn towards either a poorly-made clone or an attempt to infect your phone with some kind of malware. There are many games like Lucius available, but none actually carry the official stamp of approval from the developers.
In a way, Lucius works better as a demake than it works as a full title. It’s not necessarily the best game ever made.However, something about the downgraded graphics helps it to match the aesthetic. This Lucius game review found the game to be fun, but not necessarily compelling. It requires that you already enjoy a genre of films that has long since gone out of style.
What did you think about Lucius? Did you enjoy the mobile version? Did you have fun playing it? Do you have any questions about the game or how it works? Be sure to let us know by asking your questions and leaving your comments!
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