Feature Introducing Mask of the Rose: try the demo!

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Mask of the Rose is a marvellous romance with a hint of murder. Lose your heart to a stolen city in this game of amorous intrigue! Seek love, for yourself or your friends. Help a murdered man find justice. And watch out for the bats.

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Thanks to an unknown bargain, London now resides in a vast cavern under the earth. Down here, the sun doesn't shine, and Parliament has sunk into the Thames. Queen Victoria never emerges from her palace. Cats spy on their owners and whisper their secrets abroad. The fabric of strait-laced Victorian society has begun to fray.

New Masters are in charge. Why are they so… tall? And always cloaked? And why are they so interested in love stories?

In the demo, you’ll be able to play a condensed version of Act I of Mask of the Rose: explore select locations across London, introduce yourself to some key characters and encounter the cloaked figure of Mr Pages in his peculiar office.

At the opening of Mask of the Rose, Mr Pages has employed your housemate, Griz, who has in turn found a few pennies’ work for you as census taker. The census goes some way beyond the expected (Surface census forms never did ask if anyone in the residence was in love), so you’ll need to approach conversations with care to find out all you need to know.

Notes about the Demo

The demo has been through our internal testing, but if you see any bugs or typos we missed, please let us know by emailing mask@failbettergames.com, attaching your player log. Here are some instructions to help you find your player log.

If you have general thoughts, we'd love to hear them! There are a few things it’ll be useful to know before you post feedback:
  • In the final game there will be a text log, so you can scroll back through conversations
  • There will also be audio sliders under Settings
  • And of course, there will be saving in the finished game (the final version of Act I will be fleshed out from this version, so carrying choices over wouldn’t be possible).
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