A welcomed Masquerade?
A missing person case within a medieval backdrop. The mysteries of the forest adds more to the already awe-inspiring land. The Mask of Mist is just that for a bit. Until the journey’s middle is delved into, that is. In the barren land, animals reside with no resolve to your quest, yet through sheer determination, and a musket, these mysteries will be unearthed. Mask, friend, foe, familiar, or alchemy bench alike – all will be revealed.
The environments hold up.
Aesthetically pleasing in the neons department is Mask of Mist. The environments hold up between itself and the Switch counterpart. Load times were barely an issue as the game’s environments are completely loaded per area. Several paces later, running into stubs and the like is typical through-fare. The music’s several strings make the atmosphere, yet seem to keep to a handful of key tracks. As the tale is requiring more activities of the senses than a robust narration, Mist’s mood switches to eerie to pleasure in a matter of doorstep throughs.
The game’s core is comprised of either puzzle-solving and monster fighting. All this is done from a first-person viewpoint. It feels closer to Skyrim or Hexen to this effect. Quests are a bit of a challenge with the right amount of urgency. The lack of NPCs may have given the game a bit more of an empty feeling, yet in its context. Not as scary as an apocalypse, but the feeling is there. The load times are unaffected by how the game looks. Monsters appear to hinder progress, while ingredients to enhance your abilities are rampant enough to assist with them.
Some hints are not well placed!
Mask of Mists has a couple of spells destroyed. Some of the hints are not as well placed as they needed to be. The monsters pose no threat, which feels as if exploration is the crutch of this game. Masks doesn’t achieve balance in this regard, but in other games which put your brain to the test, even a more challenging aspect than that. The dungeons themselves are pretty short and focus on only a few challenges more times than expected reinforcement. As we’re not expecting horror, it would be a treat to have a more menacing reason for the monster’s existence. There are slight slowdowns with the game, but nothing totally noticeable during long runs. The motivation can be slightly lost until its close because of the story’s style. There is no handed explanation, which does hinder the game’s quest or heroic journey. There isn’t much of a state of being from the lack of. It is until the end that the real purpose is fulfilled or spoken of, and nothing between the game’s meat brings the story about.
With a couple of decent things, the Myst feel of Mask of Mists (no pun intended) deals with a certain charm. The journey is not totally a long one, but because of the challenging puzzles, Mask of Mists understands itself and its narrative. Overall, its a charming title and a quick study for an adventure title.
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Platform: PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo
Release Date: 02/09/2020
No. of Players: 1
Category: Adventure, Action, Puzzle
Developer: 9 Eyes Game Studio
Publisher: Sometimes You
Download link: US eShop / UK eShop