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Ravenous Devils (2022) is a strategy game where you manage a tailor shop with a dark and sadistic secret, they kill clients and serve the bodies in their pub. Drawing on Sweeney Todd themes, you play Percival and Hildred who manage the stomach turning shop. It's like watching a car crash you can't look away from. As much as the gruesome entertainment, it's a game about how we react and cope with such a macabre encounter.

The game is viewed from the side, so you can explore the different floors of the building, putting them to use in service of the blood curdling business. Play involves waiting for the arrival of clients looking for new suits and dresses. You then kill them, take their clothes and throw them into the kitchen to be chopped up for recipes.

It's a shocking combination of murder and business as you work to maximise profits and feed the corpse-based meals, manage resources and make sure not to run out of ingredients. There's minimal concern for the morals of what you are doing, or indeed any likelihood of getting caught.

But in the commitment to not flinch from this study of corruption the game, like the Sweeny Todd plays and films, makes us face how "the lower classes are forced into similar states of corruption in a system that allows them little dignity. The horrendous realities of poverty in Victorian London, which offered no social safety nets, help promote blackmail and murder as individuals struggle for survival." If this is what Percival and Hildred have turned to, it is only a reflection of the world they are living in. "The rampant corruption in the city causes the characters to lose their innocence."

By the end their work takes it toll on them. But more than this, it takes it toll on the player. For some this is perplexing and distasteful, but within this there's space to reflect on themes like corruption, loss of innocence, the rule of law and the protection of the vulnerable.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Ravenous Devils 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 9 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Strategy game with Adventure, Collecting, Communication, Narrative, Sequencing and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Extreme Violence.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence, Strong Horror Themes.
There is dismemberment, blood and cannibalism. The developer described the experience as "containing explicit violence and gore. The content of the game may be harmful or traumatising to some audiences. Viewer discretion is advised."

Skill Level

16+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

CostsCosts

Ravenous Devils usually costs £3.99. 

Ravenous Devils

Steam StoreSALE PC £3.99 £2.39 until 22/07/2024
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/04/2022

Price: 40% off

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Strategy (Adventure, Collecting, Communication, Narrative, Sequencing and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Bad Vices Games (@BadVicesGames)


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