In Malicious, you are a "Spirit Vessel", called into the world by the Prophets to vanquish evil. Armed with the "Mantle of Cinders", a cloak that can absorb power from destroyed objects as well as shift form, you wage battle with the "Malicious". There is no lengthy dungeon crawling in Malicious, leaving it chock-full of boss battles only. The player is thrust into a battle royale as soon as he starts the stage/ Every time you defeat a boss, you absorb the creature's power and obtain a new ability. Moreover, you can choose whichever stage you want, in any order, giving you full control over your progress in the game.