Even after many years of GTW running, there are still many interesting titles and bits being uncovered, and this was been the case yet again in 2021 with a finding thanks to the preservation efforts of Csaba Virag who found this odd preview on a Hungarian set of C64 disks.
Much was unknown about the title, which is oddly was named just “Mask & Cook” on the disk. It may have been a clue to who was behind the title, though checking some sceners on CSDB didn’t bring anything up which could resolve what this game was and who it was for. However, going through the code and an end sequence was found that established the title as Operation Mindcrime Xertyn-X and the team behind it Novo-soft. This then established that the game had been out there for some time already and actually fully completed: http://gamebase64.com/game.php?id=8790&d=18&h=0
The game has a slight feel of Antiriad and Equinox about it, with some nice enough graphics which seem to suggest that it was from the late 80’s/early 90’s. The controls though seem to be a little bit broken at this stage with its controls, and its quite hard to navigate around the map.
It was a bizarre finding at the time, but good to clarify that it was released.
Contributions: Csaba Virag, Dan Warren, Richard Bayliss