GAMES - Review
11:00 - 3rd October 2015, by NEO Staff

Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess

Waking up after a long sleep is always a chore, especially when you’ve got a big job awaiting you upon getting up. For Velguirie, protagonist of Koei Tecmo’s Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess, that task is to enter the dreams of hapless humans and concoct a devilish system of traps and tricks to reave them of their lives. Fortunately, she doesn’t find it too much of a bother as, being the daughter of the devil, she takes a fiendish pleasure in her demonic work. As the player, it’s pretty likely that you will too!

The Nightmare Princess is an expanded version of previous Deception title Blood Ties, and adds new traps, playable characters, and a quest mode with 100 new missions to complete. The object of the game, as mentioned, is to pack each stage with traps to confound and kill your foes – run-and-gun action this isn’t. As you start, new players will likely be a little confused by the multitude of points, ratings, systems and mechanics they’re bombarded with right from the initial levels. However, once you get used to it, the game becomes incredibly satisfying, and you’ll quickly be dedicated to setting up the perfect sequence of murderous – and ludicrous – traps to squeeze the maximum amount of points from your victims.

Deception IV’s unique blend of game mechanics – almost a blend of tower defence and RPG-action – make this a hugely refreshing experience in a sea of titles that conform to strictly to genre conventions. If you love strategy or RPG gaming, you’ll get hours of diabolical delight from The Nightmare Princess!

Original, entertaining, and often hilarious, The Nightmare Princess should be a priority to play for all strategy fans.
SCORE: 4/5
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