Gamehouse Original Stories welcomes its latest addition, Unsung Heroes: The Golden Mask, which is also probably the franchise’s most ambitious project yet. Join Ivy, Stephanie, and Diana on their trip to an excavation site in China. Travel back and forth between modern-day and ancient China as the fascinating history of Xi Niu, a young girl from thousand years ago is slowly revealed through ancient artifacts.
Unsung Heroes: The Golden Mask joins the likes of Welcome to Primrose Lake and Parker & Lane: Twisted Minds as some of the more concept-heavy titles in the rapidly-expanding Gamehouse’s Time Management universe. As the first glimpse of the game suggests, the entirety of Unsung Heroes: The Golden Mask takes place in China. This allows the game to include a plethora of unique, exciting, unexplored ideas that are not commonly used in the Time Management genre.
Thus, Unsung Heroes: The Golden Mask is a refreshingly original game both in terms of storyline and gameplay. The storyline is one of the main driving forces behind this game. With such an interesting, multi-layered storyline and a two-timeline concept, the game is worth playing just for the storyline alone. At first, the constant switch between timelines can be confusing, but once you ease yourself into it, you are in for one intriguing ride.
Regarding the gameplay, the main mechanics of Unsung Heroes: The Golden Mask still remain faithful to the Gamehouse Original Stories franchise. However, there are certainly plenty of creative tasks and fresh mini-games that are cleverly-tied to the storyline and make this game stands out from the rest in the franchise. personally, I found the ancient China levels to be much more enjoyable than the levels at the excavation site. The latter group of levels mostly concern with finding treasures and artifacts, which often require a replay or two in order to collect them all. These unnecessary replays make the game more tedious for no good reason and can easily be avoided if the two-timeline concept was better executed.
Unsung Heroes: The Golden Mask is also very impressive in the production department. Apart from the slightly awkward animations, the rest of the visual components are incredible. In addition, the soundtracks inject the game with a magical and nostalgic atmosphere with smart incorporations of Chinese traditional musical styles.