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Masq

We’re fairly sure our wife is cheating. It’s the one thing we haven’t been able to work out for certain yet. We’ve played this life through dozens of times, every way we can think of, and we can never quite catch her in the act, nor shake the feeling that there’s something she’s not telling us.

This is the allure of Masq (Warning: the game requires players to be over 17, so don't try anything sneaky ), and the reason it’s well-named: there’s always more to it than you see. The title refers to the range of women’s clothing you - manager of a fashion design studio - are about to showcase, and the action takes place in the few days leading up to the big show, when your career will be made or broken. Which we guess doesn’t go very far to explaining how our first play-through ended with us divorced, disgraced, jobless, shot and in jail; unless we really would make that bad a fashionista. No, that’s all a consequence of the seedy underbelly of your life, much of which you’ll get the chance to scratch.



The game is first-person and presented entirely in a series of very simple comic-style images which are partially animated at key moments; during sex, for example. And there’s a lot of that, if you play your cards right. Playing is simply a matter of choosing from a number of options at each screen, but the variety of these at every stage makes it incredibly open-ended: even the most exploratory play-through of Masq will only see around 14% of its content.

The first time Susan divorced us, it was because we weren’t willing to compromise our integrity for her slimy boss. She called us a coward, we told her not to be stupid, and that apparently was the last straw. This did not endear us to her. On the next Groundhog Day-style rerun of our life, we ignored her nagging, went straight to work without a kiss, and promptly slept with the new girl Nikki. Funnily enough, it’s actually easier to get your new assistant into the sack than your own wife - the game spans a couple of days, and she’s not particularly in the mood that night. But that, like everything in Masq, can be rectified.

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