Lucius: The Pint-Sized Demonic Hitman

By Lewie Procter on August 17th, 2011 at 2:29 pm.


There have been all sorts of horror games over the years, including plenty that made no sense at all, but never have I seen one that lets you play as the archetypal “creepy child” from various works of horror fiction. An oversight, perhaps. It’s all to change come “Q4 2011″, however, as Lucius sees you playing as the son of the devil, given the task to kill all the residents of a mansion without letting anyone guess that you are responsible. Interesting concept right? From the looks of things it’s taking a leaf or two out of Agent 47′s notebook, and has nods to The Exorcist and The Shining in this sinister trailer from Gamescom:

It looks a little rough around the edges to me, but interesting always trumps high end graphics, and it’s going to be a budget release anyway (here’s a £12.99 preorder for any over-eager UKers).

Official info dump:

Lucius is the son of the devil who has to clear the mansion of it’s residents. To do this he must orcastrate “accidents” without anyone suspecting him of any foul play. The player starts as Lucius and must cleverly devise these incidents from simple household items. Every time he succeeds he will gain supernatural powers to help him take full control.

His growing supernatural powers may be used in various ways. He will eventually become able to control objects and people with mind power, move objects around without touching them. Lucius even has the incredible mind power to dictate weak people into causing destruction and pain.

He was born 6th of June in 1966 and when he had lived his sixth year on earth, he finally started to show signs of his true origin.

The mansion is full of unrevealed mysteries that paint a story behind the family and how it became tangled with evil, but what is already clear is that Lucifer had taken the soul of the boy and replaced it with his own blood.

There’s a year old trailer here too, if you’re gagging for more footage.

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54 Comments »

  1. Unaco says:

    “To do this he must orcastrate “accidents” without anyone suspecting him of any foul play.” I assume they mean he has to ‘Orchestrate’ accidents. Unless they do mean ‘orcastrate’, as defined by the Urban Dictionary, and this is a game for exhibitionists and perverts.

    • Anton says:

      “orcastrate” fits the bill for me. Obvious the kid has a knife and is “pint-sized” so yeah, he can only reach & slash “those jewels” =P ouch!

    • Tubby McChubbles says:

      Well, if the mansion contains a home cinema room, it’s completely possible to orcastrate. How that gets rid of anybody, we will have to find out.

    • protorp says:

      Coming from a company that call themselves “Lace Mamba”, I think anything could be possible…

  2. icedon says:

    Lucius is Square-Enix, royally killing of all customers ….

  3. mortimasIV says:

    Perhaps: a bit concept-heavy.

    Second perhaps: orchestrating incidents sounds brilliantly challenging. I hope it is.

  4. Stuart Walton says:

    So it’s Hitman meets Ghost Master meets that Dark Brotherhood mission in Oblivion where you attend a party in a locked house and have to murder them all.

    I’m certainly interested.

  5. stahlwerk says:

    I knew it: ceiling fans are the devil’s playthings.

  6. Ovno says:

    I love it!

    That’s definitely one I’ll be buying, it even sounded good before you mentioned that the game play was based around arranging fatal accidents…

  7. Teddy Leach says:

    Teddy approves.

  8. chaosdeathfish says:

    The video says ‘Coming in Spring 2012′ – has it been delayed?

    • skyturnedred says:

      Q4 2011 usually means sometime in Spring 2012. Fiscal year stuff.

  9. Uglycat says:

    Ghostmaster 2?

  10. Premium User Badge Lars Westergren says:

    School Daze with hotter graphics and more gore!

  11. Jake says:

    Finally a game that lets you cruise around on a tricycle murdering people. As much as I loved Just Cause 2 it really suffered from a lack of tricycles.

    • Premium User Badge TheApologist says:

      Dead Rising 2 has some pretty good tricycle action.

    • olemars says:

      I vaguely remember GTA: San Andreas having tricycles. Also murdering.

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      Try No One Lives Forever 2 for hot tricycle action!

  12. Anton says:

    WTF!?! “The Power of Greyskull compells you” ???

  13. Shadowcat says:

    “The Power of Christ compels you!”

    nods to The Exorcist and The Shining

    I guess you purposefully left The Omen out of that list for some reason?

    • Lewie Procter says:

      I’ve not seen The Omen.

    • Lemming says:

      Well Lewis, The Omen is in fact the biggest influence of all, here. It’s where demonic sons of Satan began!

    • jonfitt says:

      Pedophobia is a common theme in horror movies.
      Lewie, you should watch the Omen!

    • _Jackalope_ says:

      Yeah, reading this and the comments I was beginning to think it was some new internet meme where everyone tries really hard to not mention The Omen.

  14. Ogun says:

    Sounds like Bomberman/Kagero meets Hitman. Could be good.

  15. Jae Armstrong says:

    never have I seen one that lets you play as the archetypal “creepy child” from various works of horror fiction

    There was that indie point-n-click adventure where you played a little girl that murdered her parents, then had to escape from an asylum for the criminally insane. Forget what it’s called, now. :/

    • chabuhi says:

      Sanitarium? LOVED that game!

    • Josh Millard says:

      Hell yes, Sanitarium. You weren’t in fact a little girl who murdered her parents so much as someone having a series of episodic hallucinations that you have to work through before finally confronting TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE SPOILERS.

      But the episode with the little girl wandering around the just-a-bit-off carnival grounds was one of the most memorable. Click on that bottle near the tent, little girl says “Mmm, vodka!” Repeat ad nauseam, giggling like idiots.

      I remember Sanitarium, maybe overly generously, as not being as crippled by Dumb Adventure Game Logic problems as a lot of the genre — it was more about style and mood with not particularly elaborate puzzles.

    • BeamSplashX says:

      I do believe Jae is talking about Emily Enough: Imprisoned.

    • Johnny Lizard says:

      Very likely, but for the record the first thing that came to my mind was Earwig Is ANGRY!

    • BeamSplashX says:

      Adventure game designers must be partial to unhappy asylum inmates.

  16. westyfield says:

    If this kid is full up with Satan Powers™, why can’t he just crash a meteorite into the mansion or something?

  17. YeOldeSnake says:

    And the trailer left me with a demonic smile on my face , ive been waiting for this game since i first saw it announced , and i think its going to be a blast.

  18. JohnnyMaverik says:

    Sounds kinda cool in a crappy B horror flick kind of way. It’s really guna come down to how many options there are for the player to “orcastrate” (LOL!) these accidents.

  19. fenriz says:

    sounds awesome.

    I’m hoping for rich interaction with the ambient. If it’s got it, then it’s a bingo for these guys.

  20. Premium User Badge BathroomCitizen says:

    We need more of these.

  21. terry says:

    Funny, I was replaying Fallout 3′s Tranquility Lane bit yesterday and thought it would make a neat Hitman-type game.

  22. Gabbo says:

    The ‘demonic’ voice telling you to kill was really badly done. But I’m curious about the game beside that.
    Not too often you play an completely evil character, let alone one in a child’s guise.

    • Premium User Badge Daiv says:

      There’s no voice telling you to kill?

      What made you think there was?

      If it is a voice only you can hear, you should start to worry.

  23. Johnny Lizard says:

    I’m just looking forward to the moral panic. BAN THIS EVIL CHILD-KILLER GAME!

    • WJonathan says:

      Naaahhh, compared to the content of so many mainstream titles nowadays, this will be considered Child’s Play. (Begin pun thread)

  24. BeamSplashX says:

    Dammit Lewie, I wish your headline was the actual title of the game now.

  25. WJonathan says:

    He removed his soul and replaced it with blood? Satan must have been terrible at Operation..

  26. Rii says:

    Damn, that Satan guy means business doesn’t he? Looks and sounds great mind, fingers crossed there’s enough depth and polish to the experience to make it something special.

  27. Kaira- says:

    Looks mighty interesting. And with a price like that, you can’t go really wrong.

  28. ChowTOdust says:

    The best part of Hitman, and only that. Plus playing a devil child? AWESOME!!

  29. I4C says:

    Neighbours from hell, anyone ? :)

  30. ZIGS says:

    I predict a failure along the lines of I’m Not Alone