[PlayStation 4] How to Take Off Your Mask Remastered Review
How to Take Off Your Mask Remastered from Roseverte and Ratalaika Games is a visual novel in which a young girl discovers she can transform into something else and learns to live with it. Check our How to Take Off Your Mask Remastered review!
Lilia is just an ordinary girl who works in a bakery. She spends every day happily with her childhood friend, Ronan. One day Lilia finds her body has shrunk. Moreover, she has grown cat ears and a tail?! She panics, jumps out through her room’s window, and runs towards the town. And the first person she bumps into is the city guard, Ronan.
How to Take Off Your Mask Remastered is a remaster of the Steam version that was released way back in June of 2015. As the title screen opens, you’ll be greeted with a very catchy theme. It made me feel as if I was watching the start of an anime, given the Japanese lyrics I heard as I read the English translation in the lower part of the screen.
As for the story, you’ll be following Lilia, who works in a bakery, and her childhood friend Ronan, who’s delivering raw materials at her shop. Their daily routine is always the same, but at the end of one of these days, a mysterious talking cat comes to her – and she seems to be the only one you can hear it – warning her that her world will change on the next day. As it turns out, the cat was right! What happens to Lillia? She grows shorter and ends up with a pair of ears and a tail!
As you might expect, romance will grow between the two main characters, but in a way that I hadn’t imagined at first. Be warned, however, that the story unfolds very slowly. As for the gameplay, with this being a visual novel, it is mostly reading the story, but there are a few choices along the way that will raise one of Lilia’s three different gauges. I managed to reach the end of the story in around two hours or so.
As for the presentation, on my 55″ TV, the characters looked below average. They all seem like they were upscaled from their original version, without any additional work done. Since this game is presented as a remaster in its title, I was at least expecting HD characters with more detail. The static backgrounds are good looking and do match what I expect from a visual novel. There aren’t that many different locations to visit – I counted only ten -, so you’ll be seeing the same backgrounds over and over.
The trophies are generous in this release, and most are obtained for completing the story’s chapters in different ways that will be made clear as you play. For trophy hunters, I do have to mention that this game features a Platinum trophy that can you can obtain in roughly 20 minutes if you use the guide I share below.
As far as visual novels go, How to Take Off Your Mask Remastered is an option you could consider if you’re a fan of the genre, and it does have a Platinum trophy waiting for you. I thought its story was average, and the boost in the presentation I was expecting from a remaster was not present, especially when you consider the price for this one is set at $14.99.
If you need help with the trophies, here’s a trophy guide for you.
This How to Take Off Your Mask Remastered review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.