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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 Got some nerve selling me items in my own house!
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 ...oops.
Tecmo's Deception PlayStation Beginning of the game

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Tecmo's Deception Screenshot
Tecmo's Deception Screenshot
Tecmo's Deception Screenshot

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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Critic Reviews

All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Consoles Plus PlayStation Dec, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Joypad PlayStation Jan, 1998 83 out of 100 83
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jan, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun PlayStation Dec, 1997 80 out of 100 80
Playmag PlayStation Sep, 1996 79 out of 100 79
Video Games PlayStation Dec, 1997 70 out of 100 70
NowGamer PlayStation Jan 01, 1997 6.8 out of 10 68
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation Sep, 2005 6.5 out of 10 65
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) PlayStation Oct 28, 2009 5 out of 10 50


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  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • March 1997 (Issue 92) - Best Original Concept + Best Original Concept runner-up (Readers' Choice)

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