Indie gaming has given gamers some unique stuff to captivate us over the years, and still continues to do so. The latest to pop up on radar is Moscow-based Lesser Evil Games and their RPG, The Executioner, which recently started its Kickstarter campaign.
The game is touted as a “unique blend of digital storytelling, survival mechanics, and moral decision-making”, and puts you in the role of a man who tortures people for a living, and must fight to preserve his own sanity while doing so. The player must seek a signed confession from those he is about to put to death, and there are many ways to go about getting that confession. Here’s where the moral questions begin: Will you torture a man for a piece of paper to satisfy the town’s judge, or risk angering your employer by saying you aren’t sure he’s guilty? And when you do put someone to death, will you be merciful, or will you give the crowd what they want? All the while, you have to manage your sanity in order to survive.
Set in a town that holds true to ancient mysticisms and the occult, the game allows you your own torture chamber where you study your victims, probe for weakness, and exploit it with a variety of instruments at your disposal. The underground economy holds a market in dead flesh, adding another dimension to gameplay.
With the game’s text-based interface and over 20 hours of story, The Executioner “promises a dark and unsettling atmosphere, and a world filled with moral ambiguity”. Check out the game’s Kickstarter here, and toss them a few bucks if you’re interested (they’re asking for $19,000 in total).