Year of release: 30 September 2016
Genre: RPG (Rogue / Action) / Isometric
Developer: Witching Hour Studios
Published: Ysbryd Games
Publication Type: License [GOG]
* Operating System: Windows 7/8/10
* Processor: 2.4 GHz
* Memory: 4GB
* Video: 1 GB
* Hard disk space: 16 GB
Masquerada: Songs and Shadows – party tactical RPG, inspired by the history and culture of the Italian Renaissance. The authors have come up with a very rich, detail crafted world, similar to the device of a Florentine or Venetian society – a lot of guilds, factions, some organizations with their own powers and titles, scientists, merchants. And all this is due to the knot of complex relationships in which the aforementioned inevitable scandals, intrigue, investigation, political games and power struggles.
The difference is that in this world there is magic. The source of it is a phenomenon called The Mascherines, but a tool – the same mask. Typical and very beautiful Venetian masks, which went to masquerades, here give their owners are not only juicy, but mysterious and special magical skills. Naturally, access to them are only representatives of the higher classes and especially privileged people, who all together constitute the very Masquerada. Deprived of the lower strata called Contadani. At some point in between, of course, the civil war began.
The action takes place in the town of Citte della Ombre, and we play for a young man named Cicero Gavar. He also has the right to wear the magical mask, because he is one of the best inspettore city – is a separate class of investigators and prosecutors in one person, which are subject to a higher companions, but they have very broad powers to investigate a variety of cases, including of national importance. Therefore, all of them respect and just what happens, run to them for help.
The problem is that five years ago, Cicero’s brother was involved in a coup attempt in Ombre and was killed, so our hero is sent into exile. And then suddenly the mayor (who wanted to overthrow the brother) is disgraced inspectors back, returns all the credentials and asks to do a very important thing – to find the missing scientist who has studied the origins of this most magic masks.
Masquerada: Songs and Shadows puts it on the story – no side quests, explore the world of free and other liberties. Moreover, the authors tell a linear story emphasized. The game has plenty of dialogues, but we do not accept their participation – to listen, read or skip. But to do the latter is strictly not recommended – the lack of freedom and the choice of authors is more than offset fascination of history itself, the depth of study and the world as a whole, and each character in particular.
In fact, before us an exciting interactive book – lavishly illustrated (look at screenshots), is equipped with stylish komiksovoy inserts, perfectly voiced by professional actors, complemented by beautiful orchestral music and opera, even soulful parties.
The game has a built-in code, which contains information about all aspects of life, the guilds, factions, titles, characters. There’s just a mountain of text. And if all this is read, then you’ll get a wonderful world – with its history, with lots of variety of details and nuances. In this case, everything that happens is perceived very one piece – you can dissolve, and then another, and to demand the continuation of the book on the grounds.
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