Mansion Lord Combines Murder With RPG With Dating-Sim. And It’s Nothing Like Persona 4.

By Eugene . December 2, 2013 . 4:59pm

Mansion Lord’s description hooked me with its promises of (not necessarily in the same order) murders, a maid, old-school pixelart graphics, a maid, and building my own dream manic mansion. Did I mention that maid?


This Kickstarter game is looking to combine the ideals of a building simulation game—where you tweak your budding mansion’s rooms into the most magnificent piece of work this side of Hollywood—with the joys of inviting guests over so your other guests can kill them.


And then, in a stroke of brilliance, YOU kill the killers to collect their bounties. All in a pixelart retro style. How did we ever miss out on this bloody brilliant idea? Ah Ha. Bloody brilliant. Ok? Yes?


*Awkward silence*


Right, moving on. The brilliance of having to manage a house and having it appeal to a guest list of homicidal maniacs might have been enough to sell me (That and, err, I did mention the maid right?) [Ishaan: Yes, yes you did. Four times now] [Eugene: Ah. Quite.] especially with its low Kickstarter goal of just $28,000. But they had to layer on RPG-like leveling systems for your detective characters, too—including Dracula and a sentient robot called Spicoli. With an entire relationship system built in that unlocks new combos as detectives’ relationships improve.


Last but not last, the developers have thrown in an extra helping of turn-based, tile-formatted battles too for when you face down and capture/kill/cash-in the bounties on killers. And those bounties? They get higher if you let them kill more guests. Oh my. Are we done yet? NO! The maid’s not done cleaning yet! Look you missed a spot! Anyway, no, Mansion Lord isn’t done. There’s research that you’ll be able to conduct to improve rooms, as well as storekeepers such as our kitty overlords from whom to pick up new gear. The cat is selling us guns. And poison shivs. And a candelbra called a Head Basher. A HEAD BASHER. FROM A CAT. Nyancat can stuff it.





There’s a rogue-like endless dungeon in the basement, filled with the undead from whence Dracula will send back to their demise, alongside other detectives you can hire. You can even build them their own bedroom. And finally, finally, there’s a 100% chiptune soundtrack to ensure it stays authentic to the past.


The game is already scheduled to be out on PC, Mac and Linux and like any self-respecting indie title has a Steam Greenlight page already. It also has its basic framework done, according to developers Golgom Games, but further system refinement needs to be done. Further, all the money you’re putting in goes to things such as sound effects, software licensing fees and alpha-testing all this on the platforms it’ll come out on. If stretch goals get met, they hope to also release the game on Vita, Wii U and iOS.


Mansion Lord has about 15 more days of funding to go if you want in on this insanity.

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  • Nas

    There’s goal stretch for the vita and WiiU count me in.

    • Kaetsu

      That’s exactly what I was thinking! The only problem is this game is far from reaching it’s funding goals so stretch goals are barely even reachable at this point. So we probably won’t see the Vita and Wii U ports unless the game sells well enough to fund it.

  • CTRL+F android… nothing. iPad? OK…

  • TracerK

    The character with the nice hat third from the right looks suspiciously like a certain pint-sized Detective Prince…


  • Good glory this looks awesome. Even after seeing the English text, I still thought, “It’ll never be released in the US.” Then I realized… IT IS IN ENGLISH! On my way to back. Would be so awesome on Vita!!!!

  • Thanks, Eugene! Might never have noticed this without reading about it here.

  • CDM

    … Hisui, is that you?

  • ShimaPantsu

    Brainwash Detective Hisui is on the case.

  • gold163

    Yeah, saw this on Greenlight a week or so ago and have been looking forward to it ever since.

  • alfare

    Golgom games? O.o (I’m having weird flashbacks of Kamen Rider Black all of a sudden.)

    So… err, can we, like, build a relationship with the maid?

    • Demeanor

      Yeah, that, and being able to add more maids would be essential stretch goals for this gem. ^ ^ never backed these games til now but this DOES sound awesome XD

  • mockturtle

    I backed this like a week ago because it looks brilliant, glad to see such an enthusiastic post about it!

  • it is not a close to mansion murder if it doesn’t include umineko

  • CureMarine

    dat hisui

  • z_merquise

    You can’t go wrong with cute maids.

    This looked very interesting and very unique. Though the look of the game did remind me of the very old game, Maniac Mansion.

  • WyattEpp

    That sounds cool, but overambitious. Especially at that price point.

  • komiko12

    Is the maid a playable character?

  • Rafael Monteiro

    I doubt they’d really manage to get this concept to an entertaining level on an amateur like structure

  • Mordina

    I do love murder mysteries taking place in mansions… I’ll keep an eye on this.

  • ReMeDyIII

    I just donated $16 to the project. I noticed you get the full game if you donate $10 or more, so all of you planning on getting it have nothing to lose by donating now. Not donating may mean the project never happens, so let the money fly, people.

  • Hours

    This sounds incredible.

  • Demeanor

    Just popping in to say the game has been successfully funded with a final figure of about 30k $ :D now we just have to wait for the game; first time I’m a backer for something :P

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