Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom
Release Date: April 20, 2016
Developer: Big Ant Studios
Publisher: Big Ant Studios
Genre: Action & Adventure
There are adventurous games, epic and profound theme and mature, but the new action-adventure Australian Big Ant Studios (Spyro, Hellboy and Jetpack Joyride) by Dramatic name Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom
, does not fall definitely in this category.
The plot revolves around Jaxx, a jester armed with hammer who must save the kingdom by a Clown Army. Including the crazy idea, it is not surprising that the graphic style is lively and colorful. The game includes phases of combat and exploration, not to mention the platform steps and a few puzzles scattered here and there. The developers themselves have defined a
"lighthearted game, fun to play and live."
Each level opens up with terrific 2D animation cutscenes that bridge the gap between gameplay and bring the story up to date with slick design and great humour. The in-game artwork is not quite as sharp with an almost artistic filter to it to give a cartoonish feel but is nevertheless still fantastic to look at. Masquerade: The baubles of Doom
feels very old school in its roots but it works very well as a modern-day game. It plays out very nicely, with simple controls and fun combat.
In Masquerade The Baubles of Doom
, you control Jaxx as he follows a mostly linear path to the end of the level. With his sledge-hammer, you mash away at the enemies until they’re knocked out. When they try to attack you, a golden gauntlet pops above their heads and you have the chance to counter. By defeating enemies, you’ll earn red noses (actually a good idea for currency) that upgrade Jaxx to learning new special moves.
These moves are basic and once unlocked, all combat actions charge the meter. As it upgrades, you can attack more enemies by charging the attack to the higher level.
During combat you even get pop-up speech bubbles with the likes of "Boom",“Whack!” and “Thud!” to add to the comic book charm. It’s nice.
My favourite aspect of the game has to be the tongue-in-cheek humour of the whole thing.Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom
is still very much an enjoyable game. There is a very high level of detail to appreciate, and the developers have clearly taken much care and attention to almost all elements of the game.The Good
- Graphic styleThe Bad
- Enemies A.I