4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2015
Mascarade is a very flexible game. Accommodating 2-13 people, it plays out in about 15-30 minutes and is really easy to learn. The box is conveniently small and all of the artwork and components are gorgeous.
In Mascarade, every player is trying to gain 13 coins in order to win. Each person then has one card in front of them face down that they are generally not allowed to look at. On your turn you can do one of 3 things: Look at your card, swap your card with someone else's without looking or "claim" to be a certain character. Each of the different characters in the game then has a unique power, for example the King can gain 3 coins on their go.
So what tends to happen is, people swap each others cards around and before long nobody is quite sure what card they actually have. Looking at their card would take up their entire turn, so instead they might try to bluff and claim to be someone else - "I'm the king!". If someone else at the table thinks that in fact THEY are that card, they will proclaim so "No, I'm the king!". At which point, both (or all) people claiming to be that card turn them over - whoever actually is the proclaimed card gets to do the power (so whoever had the king would gain 3 coins) and anyone who was caught out has to pay a fine to the centre of the table.
This leads to some pretty funny circumstances, especially when you factor in some of the other characters. For example the "Inquisitor" can point at someone at the table and ask them who they are, if that person guesses correctly then nothing happens.. but if they get it wrong, they have to pay the Inquisitor a hefty 4 coins. Trying to pick out the people who are the most confused at the table and asking them who they are is riotous fun (in one game I played, after using this ability to ask someone who they were, it turned out that they were actually the Inquisitor).
Overall then, it's incredibly easy to recommend Mascarade. It's a very good party game, but even it's 2 player mode is a bit of fun. The artwork is incredible and it's a lovely package on the whole. The game is fun, quick and easy to learn - making it a great filler game for almost anyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2014
Very easy to learn, works great in both smaller and larger groups, and is quite challenging as well. Especially in small groups, when playing with three players you really have to keep your concentration up.
on 15 July 2015
Superb card game. Need 8 players or more in my opinion but it's always popular when ever I introduce it to a group. Never had a group that didn't like it and want to play it again on the next party or meetup. Simple rules but really fun to play with bluff, deception and tactics all playing a part.
on 27 December 2013
If you like mind games, tricking or bluffing; this is your game!
Great game to play with friends, I'd recommend it for any age.
Make your own character(s) later on, be creative, enjoy!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2013
I got this for friends birthday party and was playing with 9 people, some of who don't often do board games, and everyone had an amazing and engaging time with Mascarade!
The rules seem both simple in some areas and complicated in others but they all work intuitively and smoothly with everyone attempting to keep tabs on everyone else's card and actions and swaps, it becomes a revelry of bluffing and call outs.
Love every minute with it, get as many people playing to get the most out of it!