Your long-lost cousin, Patrick, has invited you to the Ward family estate for a reunion! You arrived at the mansion to find your relatives already waiting for your arrival. But things are not so simple when strange events started happening. Discover the dark secrets that run through your family in this new installment of the Phantasmat franchise.
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Name: Phantasmat: Behind the Mask Collector's Edition
Release Date: 18 December 2015
Developer: Eipix Entertainment
Phantasmat has always quite a consistent series when it comes to quality, and the previous two games that were done by Eipix were surprisingly decent as well. Still, we believe that Phantasmat: Behind the Mask might just be the best installment yet! Firstly, Behind the Mask has a really interesting and thrilling story that keeps us excited waiting to see what comes next. We also like the fact that the story concludes itself within just this one game, without dragging on to two or three games.
When it comes to Eipix, we know what to expect from the art department. Again, Behind the Mask serves flawless production. This includes, but not limited to, gorgeous visuals, amazingly-designed environment, detailed artwork, solid cutscenes, impressive music and appropriate voice-overs. Basically everything you need for an immersive gaming experience.
Similar to most of the HOPA games nowadays, Phantasmat: Behind the Mask focuses on the adventure part and the puzzles, rather than the hidden object scenes. Sparse as they are, the hidden object scenes offer a nice variety and excellent creativity, a Match-3 mode is included as well. We did not find the puzzles to be particularly challenging nor innovative, but they certainly contain some fun twists and are all very entertaining to play. As for the adventure part of the game, it is exquisitely made and absolutely enjoyable, although not mind-blowing.
As mentioned, the storyline concludes itself within the main game. However, the bonus chapter and the character biographies that comes with the Collector's Edition of the game would add some exciting details to the plot. Other extras in the bonus section are wallpapers, concept art, soundtracks, cutscenes, bonus videos, a strategy guide, a souvenir room, collectibles, achievements, replayable hidden object scenes and puzzles and Match-3 boards.
Phantasmat: Behind the Mask is a model of excellence for balancing an electrifying storyline with the right amount of creativity. It might not be the best game developed by Eipix, but it is definitely somewhere up there.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars