Masquerada: Songs and Shadows

Navigate the masked deceptions and deadly magic of a vividly Venetian city in this fully voiced pause-for-tactics RPG.
In the turmoil-ridden Citte della Ombre, religion holds no sway. Only the songs sung of one’s deeds will carry an Ombrian’s legacy beyond death. Those who hold even the smallest morsel of power will make every effort to ensure their songs live on. Enter the Mascherines - masks that grant their wielders the power to channel the elements and cast destructive magic.
The Mascherines have perpetuated a culture of inequality between the power-hungry guildsmen known as the Masquerada and the impoverished lower classes, the Contadani. A prolonged civil war, ignited by Contadani rebels who steal Mascherines from the Masquerada, has only drawn scars of mistrust across the Citte since.

One of Ombre’s finest sleuths, Cicero Gavar, was exiled for a crime against the state five years ago, but he is now summoned back to Ombre to solve the mysterious kidnapping of the diplomat Razitof Azrus. As other members of the Masquerada join his investigation, all having their doubts about one another within this culture of deception, their faith will be pushed to the limit as a deeper conspiracy lurks in the shadows of Ombre.
  • Your Fight, Your Pace: Use the tactical pause to control the rush of combat, position your party and plan their attacks by the second.
  • A Game of Tag: Lay elemental magic tags upon your enemies, and activate the tags with another element for crowd-controlling status effects!
  • Vivid Comicbook Art: Feast your eyes on dreamy colours and environmental linework inspired by French comic artists, blended with stylized 3D characters for a timeless aesthetic.
  • A Fully Voiced Tale: The drama at the heart of Ombre unfolds over 12 hours of narrative, fully voiced by VO heavyweights like Matthew Mercer and Jennifer Hale.
Minimum Requirements
OS: Windows 7
Processor: 2.4GHz Intel Core i3
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Storage: 16 GB available space
Minimum Requirements
OS: Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 320M
Storage: 16 GB available space
  • Game World Navigator Magazine

    You can’t just walk away from a hard fight to grind a little and bruteforce your way to victory, because Masquerada is totally linear. It’s for the best, however: Witching Hour Studios is a small team that had to secure funding through Kickstarter, so adding stuff like open world would definitely become an example of spreading resources too thin. But developers didn’t go that way, and as a linear game Masquerada truly shines, as it manages to successfully blend aesthetics of Italian feuds with a touch of fantasy. [Issue#215, p.73]

  • RPG that has a remarkable and intriguing world, a good story and solid battle system. Unfortunately, its linearity is lowers its attraction as the players want to see much more from the game universe.

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows has a rich and original lore but it fails in gameplay. The combat system seems complex and interesting, but it’s problematic and incomplete. A missed opportunity.

  • Those hoping for a solid all-around RPG experience will find Masquerada lacking. However, as a relatively quick narratively-focused experience — clocking in at a bit over ten hours, or more depending on how players approach the combat — the game does an entertaining job.

  • Masquerada declines as the plot slows down. The herky-jerky pace gets more grating, the mania for proper nouns more distracting. What looked like a scrappy little underdog RPG turns out to be a collection of worn-out ideas.

Masquerada: Songs and Shadows
$19.99 $9.00
Title: Masquerada: Songs and Shadows
Genre: Indie, RPG
Released: 30 September 2016
Developer: Witching Hour Studios
Publisher: Ysbryd Games
  • Partial Controller Support
  • Single-player
  • Steam Achievements
  • Steam Trading Cards
UI Audio Subs
Portuguese - Brazil