MachiaVillain – PC Review

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Genre: Indie, Simulation, Strategy
Developer: Wild Factor
Publisher: Good Shepherd Entertainment
Release Date: May 16, 2018
Edited by KnightAvenger

Ever wanted to run your own haunted mansion complete with near mindless minions to do all your work for you? Do you love the ridiculousness of horror movie satire? If so, MachiaVillain could very well be worth a try. This mansion management game lets you build your own haunted mansion from the ground up, or rather, lets you design it and command your minions to build it.

Who doesn’t want a horde of near mindless classic monster movie minions to command? In this game, you do exactly that; set tasks for your little followers to complete and assign them to do each type of task. The minions do everything for you from chopping trees, mining stone and metal, to building the walls, floor, and everything in between. Keeping them busy, fed, well rested, and protected is all up to your management. If there are not enough tasks that they have been assigned for the minions to complete, they go idle and do nothing. If you fail to keep their bellies full, they will rage, damage your precious mansion, and possibly even quit. The more achievements you complete and levels you earn, the more minions you are allowed to hire.

The visual design is on the simplistic side, but it fits the mold of the game perfectly. This game could have easily been made too large of a game by giving too much attention to making “high quality” graphics. The simple graphics fit the satire classic monster movie feel of the game. The cartoony feel of the minions, the landscape is another way that the feel is kept lighthearted. The different structures are easy to identify and have well thought out uses. The zooming in and out with the scroll wheel makes it easy to select single items on the ground to select and interact with easily, and side scrolling with the WASD keys is intuitive. Lighting is important with multiple game mechanics, and darkness shrouds areas too distant from lamps, giving a slight eerie, monster movie feel to your surroundings.

The musical atmosphere is well thought out, changing to alert you when victims come to be trapped and turned into food for your minions. The music is fun with some dissonance to remind you that there are monsters running around on your screen. I really feel that the music stands out and deserves some serious mention to wrapping up the package of this game.

The game can appear deceptively simple. You really have to put good consideration into what you build and research. The research advancements and new items require expansion of your mansion, as well as more traps and hidey holes for your minions while you have “guests.” The game, with the unlockable items through research, is actually quite challenging and has good depth. I still find the game safely in the realm of casual game play. All in all, I enjoy this game, and that is coming from someone who is not a fan of micromanagement at all.

Pros:

  • intuitive controls
  • casual gameplay
  • good growth and research
  • lightweight
  • music is immersive

Cons:

  • artwork is simplistic

Locochuwawa gives MachiaVillain a Drastik Measure of 7.5 out of 10 (75)

MachiaVillain is available on Steam for $19.99 (USD).