What is Deceit?
Deceit is a really fun social game that is similar to Mafia or One Night Werewolf. If you don’t have any idea what either of those games is then you are in luck. I will be describing them in detail as well. I should mention that Deceit is, in fact, a free game. This doesn’t change how I will rate it, but it gets some extra points for that. Deceit like the two games mentioned above have you playing with a large group, and two of those teammates are infected. The only catch is that if you aren’t infected, you have no idea who it is. You will have to use your sleuthing skills and delve deep into your paranoid brain to survive. Deceit plays a little different than most of those blame games. It is in First-person and you have access to weapons, and you have to hit your targets actually to win. Kind of a whole new spin on the genre. Now that we have a better understanding of Deceit and the genre of game, it is let’s talk a bit about general gameplay.
The gameplay of Deceit is a little clunky, but I think it meshes well with the overall experience. The game while doesn’t run smoothly adds to the paranoia that the game produces. Mostly the gunplay, it is kind of hard to get a shot off when a monster is barreling toward you in the dark. I would say most of us would probably struggle with that in real life. The game would be a bit lame if it played like an actual FPS. Deceit does a great job at keeping the balance so that each team has equal odds of winning.
In Deceit, there are only two ways to win for each side, infected, or survivor. The infected have to kill all the survivors by transforming into a monster at the right time. To transform into a monster, you have to drink blood bags. You can also win as an infected and never even have to turn. This takes way more finesse, but if you are a smooth talker and can get people onto your side, you can probably convince a scared party member to kill their innocent teammate.
To win as a survivor, you have survive all three stages and escape through the exit hatch. This means you have to be extra swift and make sure you are watching for blood bags being consumed, and avoiding any teammates, you may deem suspicious. The sad thing about survivors is you can die by the infected, or your teammates may just assume you are the monster and execute you on the spot. It leads to some hectic gameplay.
Deceit has an insanely great social aspect. Each match consists of 6 players, two infected and four innocent. If you have a large group of friends, then you can be assured that everyone will turn on each other at a moments notice. If they think that you are infected, you better plead your case, or you may just get voted out into the abyss. I normally just accuse everyone and see what their response is. I am wrong 50% of the time, but my trigger finger is faster than the logic in my head. Deceit did give my group of friends much-needed bonding experience.
Deceit is a game you should play in my book. It is free, it's fun, and it's easy to learn. That hits all my criteria for a good game. While it can be fun to get six friends together to play it, that doesn’t mean you HAVE to have a large group of people to play. Deceit offers a multiplayer function and will pair you up with five other people so you can accuse them of trying to kill you. If you don’t like spooky games though you may want to stay away from Deceit if you like playing detective and having the beans scared out of you Deceit is the right game for you. Again it is free, and it takes up very little space on your hard drive. Check out Deceit today and let us know what you think!