Tecmo's Deception (PlayStation)

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Once upon a time, there was a prince who wanted nothing else out of life but marry his sweetheart Fiana and live happily ever after. But his fate took an unexpected turn when his malicious brother Yurias killed their father, the king, and framed the prince for murder in order to get Fiana for himself. Possessed by despair, the prince's soul could not rest in peace. The prince made a pact with Satan himself, and was given the Castle of the Damned, where he would set traps to capture souls, grow stronger, and eventually get his revenge...

Deception is a first-person perspective game that has elements of strategy and role-playing. The main activity in the game is setting traps for those who dare to venture into the castle, which requires magic points. Captured invaders can be dealt with in various ways. They can be released, killed, or have their soul devoured. The game registers the prince's deeds with a morality system: killing innocent people who just happen to be inside the castle would lower the morality level of the protagonist. Devouring the souls increases the hero's parameters, similarly to experience points in RPGs. Money can be obtained from corpses and spent on expanding the castle. Body parts can be used to create and summon monsters, who would help the owner to stop invaders.


Tecmo's Deception PlayStation Layout view.
Tecmo's Deception PlayStation Main menu.
Tecmo's Deception PlayStation Now choose to kill him for money, or offer his soul to Satan (insert your own political joke here)
Tecmo's Deception PlayStation Intro cutscene. It's a house of HORRORS!

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Alternate Titles

  • "Tecmo's Deception: Invitation to Darkness" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Kokumeikan: Trap Simulation Game" -- Japanese title
  • "Devil's Deception" -- European title

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All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Joypad Jan, 1998 83 out of 100 83
Mega Fun Dec, 1997 80 out of 100 80
Absolute Playstation Jan, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Playmag Sep, 1996 79 out of 100 79
Mega Fun Feb, 1997 78 out of 100 78
IGN Feb 03, 1997 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Dec, 1997 70 out of 100 70
Game Informer Magazine Sep, 2005 6.5 out of 10 65
HonestGamers Oct 28, 2009 5 out of 10 50


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