Machiavillain is an evil mansion management and strategy game, inspired by Dungeon Keeper, Prison Architect and all the horror movie clichés! Build your own manor, raise your monsters, set up your traps, and exterminate your victims. But to gain reputation you'll have to slay by the horror movie rules!
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Mixed (325) - 61% of the 325 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
May 16, 2018

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January 28

Electrocution Update ! (+ 50%off for a limited time)

Hello fellow Villains,

Electrocution update is here!
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Electric Features

- The impressive Finger of Evil! A machine that gives you the power to generate lightning! You can zap victims, heroes or even your own minion to make them go faster.

- Batteries, wood generators, treadmill generators, wires.
- Tesla coils to electrocute your enemies.
- Alarm and Presence sensors (to activate/deactivate alarm).
- Lightning rod (to get electricity from thunder and protect your mansion)
- Mobile phone jammer. Don't let your victim call for help!
- Electric door (closed when powered by electricity).

- Some furniture now need electricity. Candles need to be lit by your minion.
- Reduce the cost of things that need electricity.

New Minion

- Succubus: Sucks the life out of your enemies.


- Custom map: configure a map to your will.

- Difficulty level: normal, hard very hard, so you can play casual, or scream all the way.


- You can dig graves to get ancient artefacts or wake up more-or-less friendly monsters!
- Dead monsters leave a grave behind.


- Better sounds: more than 100 new sound FX.
- Click on an item in the inventory to select it and focus on it (finding weapon).
- Improved sound spatialization.
- Be able to reorder the crafting queue.
- Be able to configure your minion IA (Aggressive, Defend, Neutral)
- Be able to change sleep and feed priorities (in the Task manager)
- Double click on the monster list, make the camera follow him.
- Display zone covered by lights.
- Reduce game size (-80 mo download size).

Bug fixes

- Bug: Achievement: killing a hero not counted correctly.
- Bug: Event "give brain" doesn’t come back.
- Bug: music volume not 0 when restart game.
- Bug: hypnotized people should still be able to be attacked by minions
- Bug: skeleton turrets shoot at victims even when a wall is blocking line of sight.
- Bug: dogs seem to be ignoring the fire hydrant.
- Bug: if you have 2 rows of minion portraits, their portraits will cover the popup notifications on the screen.
- Bug: if you have enough minions to scroll down in the job board, the lowest minion is difficult to see coz they're covered by the menu graphics.
- Bug: heroes seem to have stopped spawning when I reached high suspicion. it says "villagers are aware of my murderous activities!" but no angry village mob is showing up, no heroes are showing up either.
- Bug: Activate. dr. frankenstein just humps the targeted minion but nothing happens.
- Bug: Remove the Evilium in gold storage containers.
- Bug: hypnotized minions (ie: hypnotized by the vampire in vacation event) are taken out of the roster, but you can "hire" them again to stop the hypnosis, although they give everyone else the "saw a minion die" loyalty debuff.
- Bug: I'm still not getting the "kill virgin last" bonus, I only get a reward for "kill them when alone" bonus.
- Bug: When a monster is blocked (surrounded by walls), other monsters stop working.
- Bug: Lamps light the room even when not yet plug to electricity done
- Bug: AutoSave doesn’t seem to work (need to test it in standalone build).
- Bug: Detector switch needs to be white when not built (configure gamespritecolor) - When the alarm is not built, the flag should not be displayed.
- Bug: Fog of war setting loaded at the wrong time.
- Bug: Fix treadmill display bug.
- Bug: Fix maintain craft stop after a load.
- Bug: Build several object Energy on each other.
- Bug: Fix when resource to craft are not accessible.
- Bug: Victim saw the minions through the wall or closed door
- Bug: Victims are scared because there is no light
- Bug: Phone jammer active even when not powered,
- Bug: Moving rotating wall, erasing wall build preview.
- Bug: Remove afraid no light on door map cell.
- Bug: Fix light for candle or after some loading.
- Bug: Electric door bug, when in front of a victim door.
- Bug: Victims could see twice a trap from other room and get stuck.
- Bug: Dog barking sound doesn't stop.
- Bug: Bug TV bad cooldown
and more

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October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween (and 30% off)

From all the Team of MachiaVillain, we wish you to say: "Happy Halloween"!

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“Do you wish you too could have an army of minions under your capable grasp? If the answer to both these questions is yes then MachiaVillain is probably right up your alley.”

“There’s just something rather disturbingly fun about indulging your inner evil genius through creating elaborate traps and kill rooms.”
4/5 – Mirror

About This Game

Welcome to Villain City, a luxury community entrenched in the hills of horror. Ax murderers, mad scientists and tax evaders, all kinds of bad guys consider this place to be their sweet home. This is the perfect place to rest, relax, and pursue a career in the noblest of professions: professional Villain!!

The real estate agent promised you a haunted house with jump scare devices and terrifying traps. Instead, you have a piece of empty land full of Vermin near a rubbish forest.

But do not flee yet! With a little elbow grease, the help of your minions and a lot of murders, you can turn this house into a happy and dreary mortal trap. Just lure locals inside, then trigger your deadly traps or let your minion feast on their brains and flesh. Every night you'll multiply your evil level until everyone calls your mansion " scary, nasty and horrible."

Be aware that the League of MachiaVillain Villains has adopted a strict policy that governs the level of wickedness that you have to adhere to in order to stay in the community. Drs Frank and Stein, Siamese co-Chairmen of the Board of evil ( BDM ), dictated a series of rules to follow when conducting your villainous business. They cover everything from how to kill intruders- to what salads are considered the most evil (no surprise, grated carrots).

Follow the rules of the League and become the scariest neighborhood Villain!

  • Build your mansion: Create the evil mansion of your nightmares! Put together the perfect crypt for your vampire, the insanest lab for your mad scientist, an irresistible swimming pool for your victims (and your shark) and don't forget the cannibal kitchen!
  • Gather your evil nightmare team: Choose your minions wisely though, as each possesses different traits and have different needs that must be tended to. They also have different fighting styles, such as long range, bare handed, and of course, bare fanged.
  • Manage your monsters: No evil mansion is complete without a cadre of minions to keep it running. Order them to do your evil deeds, and don’t forget to have them clean the blood stains.
  • Slaughter innocent victims…and bankers!: Our menu tonight includes a wide array of victims from famous tropes such as jocks, nerds, potheads, party girls or horror movie celebrities. A good variety ensures your minions stay well-fed.
  • Fight all the things: The environment is full of hostile creatures who want to take your place at the top of the food chain. Chupacabra, Wendigo, Sasquatch... There are also pro monster hunters who come knocking at your door with stakes, holy water or baseball bats. Show them who's the boss… the Villain boss!
  • Bloody good crafting: Sawing through countless victims means you'll end up with a few spare parts. Why not use those bits and bobs to craft something useful? MachiaVillain lets you create things using ingredients gathered from victims and harvested from the environment. Put them together and you'll get something horrifying, but also useful.
  • Follow the Rules!:The key to evil survival in MachiaVillain is to follow the unspoken rules of the horror movie genre. You do have an Evil Mastermind Reputation to think about after all. Follow the villain's rules to be a real success. So slaughter them when they're alone, kill the virgin last, and never, ever hurt the dog!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7 or later. 32 Bit supported.
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 5750/Nvidia GT 450 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 or Later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 5750/Nvidia GT 450 or higher
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+ or equivalent
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 5750/Nvidia GT 450 or higher
    • Storage: 1 GB available space

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