bloodmasqueWhen Square Enix announced a vampire-themed brawler at E3 this year, the biggest feature that stood out about it was the ability to import your own face right into the game and onto your character. Well, Bloodmasque hit international App Stores today and I've been goofing around with it ever since, and let me tell you, do not underestimate how much fun importing your own photos can be.

The game starts up with all sorts of warnings about not uploading offensive or copyrighted photos. Yeah, I'm sure THAT won't happen. Anyway, I promptly used an exisiting Camera Roll photo from my iPhone 5 from back when my beard was pretty nuts. The area of your face that the game uses was a bit too small to fit my entire beard into, but here is the result:

angry

Pretty messed up, yeah? You need to create 3 different expressions for your character, Casual, Pleased and Angry. I decided the existing photo I used looked like it fit the Angry expression best, so I switched it over to that one and took some brand new photos for the Casual and Pleased expressions (click to enlarge, if you dare):

casual pleased

At this point, I'm already having a hilariously good time and the actual game hasn't even started yet. Once your photos are imported you can adjust the size, rotate, flip or adjust the lighting so it matches the skin tone of the character, if you want it to. You can also adjust hair it seems but I was so giddy I didn't even check out that option. The default hair is pretty boss though, so it's ok. Oh and if you don't want to deal with any of the photo stuff there are pre-rendered faces you can pick from, but that sounds way less fun.

Once you've got your character all set, the actual game part of Bloodmasque begins. The gameplay is sort of an Infinity Blade style of fighting, mixed with Square Enix style RPG battling. Honestly, it's not bad. It uses tapping instead of swipe gestures for the main combat, and swipes to dodge attacks and counterattack against your opponent. You'll slowly fill up a special meter as you battle that can unleash your "dormant vampire blood" into a crazy powerful super move, and you also have some AI party members who help you out in battle.

victory

I've merely scratched the surface of the actual game part of Bloodmasque, but it's surprisingly better than I thought it would be. The combat doesn't seem very deep so far, but the story and production values are top-notch. I feel like I've got my money's worth already just with playing around with the photo importing, but I'm also looking forward to seeing how the rest of the game shapes up. Bloodmasque should be hitting the US App Store later tonight, so start practicing your silly faces and stop by our forums to see what others are saying about the game.

International App Store Link: Bloodmasque, $6.99 (Universal)

  • oldgamer dude

    An observation good sir, your casual look more like terrified.

  • metalcasket

    I frickin' love you Jared...I can't stop laughing at that victory screen. XD

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      I can't stop laughing either. Hilarious.

    • joaquin_ondamoon

      OMG! I literally laughed out loud! That alone convinced me to check this out.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      <3

    • JCman7

      Thanks for pointing this out at first I just skimmed passed the photo, now zooming in I couldn't stop laughing!!

  • oldgamer dude

    An observation good sir, your casual photo looks more like terrified. :)

    • oldgamer dude

      Sorry about the double post, as you can see I left the s off looks, actually your pleased photo looks even more terrifying. :) This looks like it could be quite fun, can't wait for more in depth impressions.

  • defunct32

    Is there any IAPs?

  • Jake7905

    I'm just hoping this is more of a game then a gimmick.

  • http://matt-curtis.me/ Matt Curtis

    Wait a minute...is that the game's app icon? I don't want it to look like I downloaded the companion app for the Twilight Saga.

    • ImJPaul

      ...that's the True Blood logo. Just so you know. :-)

      • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

        Oh? I like it.

  • Karzay

    If I was a vampire and I saw Jared with a sword, I would run like a bat out of hell.

  • darnoc703

    So is it 7 bucks or 10, the other says ten

  • Silverfist

    Reminds me of Facefighter meets Infinity Blade. Looks pretty fun...

  • C. Stubb

    Anyone know supported devices? (I'm running an iPod Touch 4r)

  • rewyan

    For 10 dollars, it really isn't worth it. Mobile games like this one shouldn't be that expensive.

    • themostunclean

      It's a fully realized 3D RPG with exploration, a mission system and 10-15 hours worth of gameplay. I think you're judging it based on the gimmick. Sounds well worth the price.

    • bilboa

      Without trying I don't know how you'd know how much it's worth. I for one hope more developers take the route of offering non-trivial games at a fair price with no IAP, rather than giving the games away for free or really cheap and then trying to make their money by annoying players into making IAPs. If this is a full length ARPG then $10 is a fair price IMO.

    • themostunclean

      And it's $6.99 US. That price is NZ dollars.

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    Oh man, I had a good laugh at this. :)