Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Mature action with traps, sexually risqué content.

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Positive Messages

No positive messages. Causing humiliation, death, destruction of characters is primary message.

Positive Role Models & Representations

As the devil's daughters, Laegrinna and Velguirie, your job is to lure victims into traps, execute humiliating, painful attacks. Definitely not good role models.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence

Game built mostly on combat; you set various traps, watch how characters are impaled, smashed, thrown around. Some weapons standard fare, such as spikes, blades; others attacks are silly, such as tossing a body into a basketball net, ejecting it off a toilet, cutting it up on a bladed wooden horse. Usually splashes of blood shown when injured.

Sex

Some women dressed provocatively, showing cleavage, part of their buttocks. Armor can be ripped off, exposing women in their underwear.

Language

Some comments sexually charged. Character named "the Masochistic Sorceress" gets aroused at mention of pain (she quips, "Give it to me!," "You're ordering me around like a dog ... I love it!").

Consumerism

This is essentially a "Game of the Year" edition of Deception IV: Blood Ties​,​but with a lot more content.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess is a bizarre Japanese action game that lets you play as the devil's daughters who must humiliate and torture characters to help revive their fallen father. You must set traps that inflict pain and embarrassment onto victims, many of which can impale, smash, fling, or stomp on them. Large splashes of blood can be seen when harm is done. The game also has sexual overtones, including scantily clad women characters and very suggestive dialogue.

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What's it about?

DECEPTION IV: THE NIGHTMARE PRINCESS might be considered a more comprehensive "Game of the Year" edition of 2014's Deception IV: Blood Ties. You play as the devil’s beautiful daughters, Laegrinna and Velguirie, who must inflict pain, suffering, and humiliation on characters to help resurrect their imprisoned father. Featuring new characters, story lines, quests, and modes, the game has you strategically place traps in a level to cause harm, often with props that border on the ridiculous -- including a giant exploding toilet bowl, a basketball net, a hospital gurney, a rocking horse, pumpkins, and more. This game adds more than 180 traps and new stages, including an amusement park and a medieval castle.

Is it any good?

This is not your run-of-the-mill action game -- in a good way. In Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess, the devil's daughters can't inflict pain on the victims, so you must lay out traps to do your dirty work for you. Because of this, you must think through the effect of the trap, and the chain reaction that will ensue, and line up well-placed items to continue the carnage. Since many of these traps are ridiculous, it's also humorous to watch how they play out and the combo points you rack up as a result. The new story line adds more than 100 quests, so there's a lot more meat on this game than the one it's based on, Deception IV: Blood Ties. Plus, all the original quests are here, along with more traps and better production values now that it's on PlayStation 4 (though overall, the graphics aren't worth writing home about).

Gamers who like something a bit different (nay, quirky) and action that requires some brains along with brawn will no doubt find this Japanese import a fun and bizarre ride on their PlayStation console of choice. That said, if you already own Deception IV: Blood Ties and want the extra content (which is great), perhaps wait until the price drops to $10 or $20.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about violence in media such as Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess. Does the game really need to use brutal traps or violence? Would gameplay be better or worse if it didn't include these mechanics?

  • Talk about playing evil characters. What's so appealing about playing villains? Is there something that makes them work better than heroes?

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