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The Executioner PC

An R-rated hybrid game combining elements of RPG and visual novels. The players assume the role of the executioner who handles torturing and killing people on a daily basis, and at the same time is trying to take care of his mental health.

RPG | the middle ages | horror | 2D | adventure elements | indie games | episodic | text

PC / Windows
The Executioner cover

developer: Lesser Evil Games

publisher: Lesser Evil Games

Official website

Game mode: single player

English language game language: English

game release date for PC:


The Executioner is a 2D game that combines elements of RPG and visual novels. The game allows players to assume the role of The Executioner who tortures people for information and kills those who pleaded guilty. The game described herein was a debut of the independent Lesser Evil Games.


The action of the game is set in a dark world inspired by the European Middle Ages. The player assumes the role of Theodor Grim, an executioner, who tortures and murders people and tries to retain whatever is left of his sanity. The main protagonist comes from the low-life folk. He inherited his profession from his father and he is very good at it, i.a. thanks to an unusual feature synesthesia (a biological phenomenon causing a person to interpret a stimulus with a different sense e.g. hearing a color). His task is to gather information regarding plotters and opposing the values traditional to the city that is at the verge of a revolution (including the scientists, the opponents of the so-called New Faith supported by the crown, and the Old Gods believers).


The Executioner, the gameplay revolves around reading and analyzing pieces of information and making choices that affect the following events. Players can decide e.g. what to do with the information they got, what is the main protagonist's approach to his work (one can even leave the dirty work to an assistant, which requires the player to take responsibility for the assistant's possible flops), etc. Theodor has also his father's journal; however, he is never sure whether the information in it should be treated as pieces of advice or warnings.

The game features several unusual mechanics and elements such as an insanity gauge, the possibility to sell convicts' corpses on the black marked, purchasing new torture tools, and... the main protagonist's synesthesia that allows him to tell whether someone is lying. The torture system is very elaborate each victim has certain physical and mental resistance stats extorting information requires the player to employ proper strategies and methods. The victims can get injured and go insane.

Game modes

The Executioner offers only a single player mode.

Technical aspects

The Executioner features visuals based on 2D hand-drawn maps. One is bound to notice the interesting color scheme the game is mostly black and white, making all the other colors (such as the crimson red of the blood or green and blue visible on within the stats menu) that happen to appear on the screen more visible and distinct.


The Executioner features extremely dark themes and is extremely violent, thus it is not fit for those faint of heart. The game has been published in several episodes.

Game score 6.5 / 10 calculated out of 31 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 6.2 / 10 calculated out of 60 players' votes.  

Age Rating

age requirements: 18+

System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

Recommended: Intel Pentium 4 1.5 GHz / AMD Athlon XP, 2 GB RAM, graphic card Intel HD or better, 1 GB HDD, Windows 10
Minimum: Intel Pentium 4 1.5 GHz / AMD Athlon XP, 1 GB RAM, graphic card Intel HD or better, 1 GB HDD, Windows 7

The Executioner is a Depressing Russian RPG That Just Launched
The Executioner is a Depressing Russian RPG That Just Launched

news 25 September 2019 19:55

Today marks the launch of the first episode of The Executioner from the Russian team at Lesser Evil Games. The brutal and depressing mix of RPG and text game is available on Steam to tell the story of the man behind the axe.

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