Mask of Mists, developed by 9 Eyes Game Studio and published by Sometimes You, is a first-person adventure puzzle game where you must explore to solve puzzles, with your main aim being to find and rescue the Arch Mage. Mask of Mists is currently available on Windows PC, PlayStation, XBox, and Nintendo Switch. For the purpose of my review I was playing on the PlayStation 4.
In Mask of Mists you take on the role of a mercenary who has been given the task of finding the Arch Mage of the academy, whom you have lost contact with. You discover that he was away doing research into what was causing a magical infestation in nearby caves that are filled with magical monsters and treacherous creatures. Along the way there are a lot of puzzles to solve, creatures to fight, and alchemy potions to make.
The combat in Mask of Mists really takes a back seat making this a very chilled out puzzle and exploration game. You'll need to do a lot of backtracking and wandering around to figure out the puzzles which was quite frustrating in the beginning but made sense to me. The combat was very simple and forgiving and posed no real difficulty or significance. However, for the few hours of gameplay on offer here, this is the perfect game to pick up for some commitment free gaming sessions, unlike games such as Skyrim that require a real grind to get through all the quests and combat successfully. So if you're looking for a light-hearted and easy RPG experience, Mask of Mists could fit the criteria for you.
I really felt like Mask of Mists was lacking something and could have benefited greatly from some NPC's to tell the story or to add more lore. However, with a relatively short time to beat, it's somewhat understandable with so much scope within the genre to make an immersive game. Regardless of length, Mask of Mists felt fairly hollow throughout gameplay wise, however, the graphics were well designed with lots of bright and vibrant colours. Despite the general feeling I got of Mask of Mists feeling hollow, it was a decent game, it wasn't overly ambitious nor did it take itself too seriously and is a good game to unwind with.
The puzzles within Mask of Mists were probably the most enjoyable part for me. Every puzzle made use of quite a large area meaning there was quite a bit of back and forth and with there being no map feature either you really had to pay attention rather than just wander around aimlessly. The puzzles weren't terribly complex in themselves but the need to backtrack to solve them or collect items made them feel a lot more involved than they actually were.
Overall, Mask of Mists provided exactly what it set out to do and gave a fun and light-hearted puzzle experience set in a magical world with a decent story behind it. I'd primarily recommend this for younger gamers as an introduction to the RPG genre or to someone looking for a commitment and stress free RPG game.
Lj's Rating: 3 magical monsters out of 5.
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Many thanks to Sometimes You for the Review Key.