- System: iOS, Android
- Publisher: Voltage Inc.
- Developer: Voltage Inc.
- Release Date: May 9th, 2018 (Japan); February 4th, 2019 (NA)
- Rating: M
- Genre: Visual Novel
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/love-365-find-your-story/id1266172764
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Love 365: Find Your Story – Masquerade Kiss HQ Ver.
The soundtrack perfectly fits to the story as well. With the initial meeting of your character and the target taking place at a high-end masquerade party, we enjoyed the calm, jazzy background music to set the scene. Much to our surprise, this sort of soundtrack is actually the main theme for the game, carrying over into virtually every chapter. While we may not have expected it initially, these background themes add greatly to the feeling of being involved with the upper class, and even set the tone for when your character does her spy work as well! The themes carry over into either story, no matter which guy you choose, so you can enjoy the upbeat jazzy style regardless.
Taking a different approach to how players work through this game, Masquerade Kiss relies on a “love choice” system for players to have the best possible outcome in the 25-episode main story. There are a few choices that don’t really affect the story too much, and these are available for free. However, Masquerade Kiss requires a certain number of hearts for some choices, forcing you to pick the lesser option if you do not have the amount required. To obtain hearts, you can diligently log on every day to hope you get them for free. However, the fastest and easiest option is just to purchase the amount of hearts you will need to get the best storyline.
In the last few chapters of the story, you are faced with the ultimate choice. Without spoiling too much of the game, we’ll just say that the choices you make here will affect the final ending for the story. While the story up until this point hasn’t been too affected by how many hearts you use, the final ending certainly is. In order to complete the desired ending, you will need a significant amount of hearts here, so hopefully, you’re able to save them for this if nothing else! To complete all of the love choice options available for Kazuomi’s main story, you’ll need 169 hearts total, which translates to about $18 USD.
Of course, this price and number of hearts doesn’t account for wait times. Unlike most Love 365 games, Masquerade Kiss is free to read through, but you will have to wait for about 5 hours between chapters. The only way to combat this is to pay for more hearts in order to read the next chapter right away. We were lucky to play through most of the story on a weekend where all the chapters for Kazuomi Shido’s main story were free and available, but waiting for each chapter can be such a pain, especially when you’re getting to the latter half of the story. On the other hand, if you truly want to play through the game for free, you’ll probably be doing a lot of waiting. This is a big drawback to the game, and we can see how fans of Love 365’s otome work were disappointed with the change from their usual method of paying up front. It is nice that the game is more open to the general public, but you will probably need to pay some amount of money to get anywhere in the game, and it ends up being more expensive than a normal monthly access pass on the app.
There are also side stories that require payment to read. Both Kazoumi and Yuzuru have shorter, 7-episode stories that tell the experience from their point of view. Kazuomi also has an even shorter “Lover Obscura” tale about the night he and the main character spend together. These are light side tales for after you have already spent time in the main story learning about the characters’ relationships. They aren’t a required part of any story, but you are able to read a sample of each to see if they interest you enough to buy fully.
Speaking of the men, the two men available at the time of our playthrough were Kazuomi Shido and Yuzuru Shiba. Kazuomi is the head of a large resort company, and he is arrogant, aggressive and dangerous in nature, yet he also manages to have a believably kind and endearing side. Over the course of getting to know him, the main character is drawn in by his tragic past and lonely nature, despite his appearance as a rich playboy. As for Yuzuru, he is a technical genius, creating many popular technological advances for the general public. He is cold and distant with his emotions, seemingly uncaring about anyone else. Of course, as the main character spends more time with him, she sees a different side to his nature.
Despite their status, both Kazuomi and Yuzuru are surprisingly realistic. Masquerade Kiss introduces their three main love interests well in the prologue, leading you to a negative mindset about each of them. But as you come to know Kazuomi and Yuzuru, you see their true nature underneath the façade they hold up for everyone else. While the events of either story may not be common for most of us, this game does a great job of making the development of the characters’ relationship seem real. Even in earlier chapters, the guys provide small indicators that tease they might be more genuine than they let on. During later scenes, we learn more about them, and it becomes easy to get attached. Voltage did a great job in writing such vibrant relationships for each of these characters.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Realistic character development and character relationships
- Interesting story premise, yet it’s easy to relate to
- Strong, vibrant characters
- Quality graphics and background themes for the soundtrack
- Plenty of memorable moments to enjoy
- Love Choice mechanic limits ability to make actual choices
- Wait time in between episodes
- Ends up being pricier than other Love 365 games
Honey's Final Verdict:
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