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 (254) - 59% of the 254 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
16 May, 2018

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11 June

Bug Patch #3

Hello fellow Villains,

Thank you for your support!
It's amazing to see the mansions you come up with!

Here is a new patch including:

Save/Load bugs: 90% fixed
Monster not using the table
All monsters idle when 1 room is fully enclosed
1 head appearing in 3 fridge items slot, blocking monster for working
Victims escaping without entering a room that has no other door
Victim not entering when fancy door is replaced by regular door
After loading victims group don't follow the leader and are stuck
Victims stuck in the doorframe between room (when low frame rate)
Victims becoming transparent when scared + starving after load
Victims using hidden door when first room only has hidden door and entry door
Removing lamp after a load = victims act as if light still here (not scared)

We also started balancing the advanced furnitures that require metal (metal, plates, cogs) following your feedbacks.

We are working on the next bug fixes update for the 22nd.
There might be another one after if needed.
But after that we will be able to focus on adding content and features (while still fixing eventual minor bugs). We'll start discussing it with you on the Steam forum after the next patch.

As usual, if you find a bug, we would appreciate it if you could click on "Send Feedback" (bottom right) and add a short description. It will send us useful game data and it will help us fix them, thank you!

Thank you for your patience and support,
Alex & Zimra
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25 May

Second partial hot fix

Thank you for the reports and the support. Seeing your creativity, thoughtful responses and feedback is very helpful as everyone works hard on updates. We also appreciate the patience as your comments are addressed and patches are tested and released. It's amazing to be a part of such a wonderful community!

We have a new patch today:

- Save/load (60% fixed)
- Vampire burning indoor
- 0HP forest creatures
- 0HP victims
- 0HP heroes
- Virus event limited
- Sitting on inactivated table bug
- Chemistry bench display bug
- Victims not scared of spikes
- Workbench subpriority save
- Vampire hypnosis not working
- Invisible superior bed
- Crypt problem with advanced clown (clown still has no power, to be fixed)

(Some of this bugs might seem trivial, but they actually caused save and/or load issues)

We haven't forgotten Mac specific issues, we are still looking for a coder who can help with them.

On a personal note, Alex still can't see, we'll know more about it today. He thanks you for all your kind wishes, it's helping in this difficult time.

Thank you again for your support and your understanding!
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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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