Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom
Developed by Big Ant Studios
Published by Big Ant Studios
*Please Note: This Review is of the PC Version*
Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom puts you in the shoes of Jaxx the Jester who must head out in search of the legendary druid orbs which are thought only to be a myth. This already complicated task is made even more difficult for our hero however when he must fight his way through an army of clowns not only to find these orbs of legend but also to rescue his girlfriend and accomplice; Lady Comedia who was kidnapped by the clowns and taken to their leader; Big Nose.
Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom plays like a generic Action platformer with a heavy emphasis on combat. The game plays very similarly to Knack in which you control your character Jaxx over multiple platforming areas and solving very simplistic puzzles. This can be a problem with all of the areas in the game being just a little bit too simple to navigate aswell as the puzzles being too easy to solve. The combat in this game feels very reminiscent of the Batman Arkham games with Jaxx being able to use his giant hammer to smash enemies to a pulp however the game only really has 2 basic attacks which is the real downside to the combat since during the fights; the combat feels very fluent and fast paced aswell as the combo kills looking funny and enjoyable.
The sound in Masquerade is rather poor at times with the game having a rather repetitive circus themed soundtrack which you can tell gives off the heavy emphasis of clowns and jesters which in a way makes the music good since it relates to the idea of the story and enemies however I personally feel that the soundtrack just got a little bit too repetitive. The voice acting is the only thing which can redeem the game in terms of sound however even then it is a hit and miss with some of the enemies sounding just so generic and bland however the character of Jaxx has some excellent voice acting and really is the standout performance of the game. In addition to this aswell, the game had some really funny dialogue and slapstick comedy that really helped to lighten the mood.
The visuals in Masquerade are really good and personally are the selling point for the game in my opinion. The game adopts a cell shaded comic book art style which really compliments the type of game that it sets out to be (A comedy action adventure/Platformer). The environments in the game look really nice aswell taking on an almost renaissance sort of setting with wooden platforms and castle bridges aswell as a sort of medieval village to fill the gaps between the platforms and bridges.
Masquerade is a rather simplistic game that doesn’t really add too much in terms of replay value. The game does have multiple collectibles scattered across the game in which you can collect however they are rather simple to find and you can easily get them all in your first playthrough. The game also has achievements on steam which can provide gamers with some replay value in the hopes of getting 100% however a good majority of these achievements are very easy to get and won’t provide too much challenge for hardcore gamers.
All in all, Masquerade is an enjoyable indie title that has a very fun story with some nice visuals that really compliment the games overall story aswell as an acceptable amount of replay value for an indie game however the simplistic gameplay and sound section really do let the game down and really holds it back from it’s true potential.
Score = 6/10
- Very fun story
- Enjoyable characters
- Visual style is brilliant
- Acceptable amount of replay value
- Fighting moves feel fast and fluent
- Dialogue is funny
- Gameplay is too simplistic
- Jaxx only has 2 basic attacks
- Soundtrack is poor and repetitive
- Voice Acting is Hit and Miss
Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom is available now digitally for PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One & Xbox 360. Thanks go out to Premier & Big Ant Studios for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Review by Connor Cleminson