Liar! Uncover the Truth is a Visual Novel Freenium Romance Game from Voltage Inc for iOS and Android devices. It was originally released in Japanese in 2015, and was translated to English the following year.
You play as a woman who recently just dumped her boyfriend for cheating on her. With her mother planning to introduce her to a marriage candidate from her hometown in a month, our hero heads over to a matchmaking party. There, she meets ten men who fall for her immediately. She also meets a fortuneteller who gives an interesting message: one of the men will be her future husband. The rest will all have huge secrets.
Since the MC's criteria for Mr. Right doesn't include liars, she must comb through each of the guys and eliminate them one by one until she's left with the man of her dreams.
"Just you watch. Ill find Mr. Right. These liars dont stand a chance!"
In May 2017 the game received a spin-off titled Office Deception in which you play a woman that has been transferred to a different team at her workplace. She is told that out of her ten new co-workers one of them will be a reliable teammate, but the other nine will be no good idiots. In order for the team's project to be a success, she needs to weed out the liars until she finds the perfect business partner.
A second spin-off, Scheming Socialites, was released in July 2018. In this story you play a wealthy college student who is the heiress of the wedding planning company the Uncover the Truth heroine works for, as she tries to find a suitable partner before her parents force her into an arranged marriage after graduation.
These games include examples of the following tropes:
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: The Liar Files. You collect "data" through activities such as: completing stories in the main plotline and special events, high-scoring in the special events, and using tickets during special events. The data are like collectible cards; some of them come with voice lines or short stories of their own.
- Red Herring: Expect a lot of these when trying to find out who's the liar.
- Best Friend: Yuri to the MC. They've known each other since college.
- Bratty Half-Pint: The MC's nephew Mars.
- Camp Gay: The fortuneteller.
- Christmas Cake: The MC, Yuri, and Lady Sachi are all around 28. During their get-together, they talk about how none of their other classmates could join them because they're all in relationships, with one commenting, "Look at us, getting old enough to be jealous of our friends' happiness." In gender-inverted examples, a couple of the love interests are pressured to settle down given their age.
- Connected All Along: After Itaru is revealed as the non-liar, the MC looks at the picture of the guy her mother is trying to set her up with, and discovers that it was Itaru's photo all along.
- The Ditz: The MC describes Ayumi as such.She's cute as a button, but one might call her a little ditzy. Or maybe very ditzy or maybe just plain stupid.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: The MC has to go through nine liars before she can find her dream husband.
- The End... Or Is It?: The main storyline ends with the MC looking ahead to her future with the one guy left standing. Then, the screen goes to black and the narration goes through a series of ellipses before asking, "Or is my new boyfriend another no-good liar?" It then says, "To Be Continued in [last guy]'s Lover's Route."
- From the Mouths of Babes: Mars is six, and already knows sexual lingo. The MC wonders to herself what in God's name her sister is teaching him.
- Functional Addict: The 7th Liar. That's what the game leads you to believe, anyway. After clearing his accusation portion, the truth comes out.
- Genre Savvy: The MC is this.
- Groin Attack: The MC kicks a soccer ball into Shuto's crotch after he's revealed as the first liar.
- Hospital Hottie:
- Sotaro, the young handsome surgeon.
- Tsubasa, a doctor at Sotaro's hospital. The MC thinks she looks like a model, and her shirt exposes cleavage.
- I Have This Friend...: Lady Sachi talks of a friend of hers' experiences with a scam artist, but she slips up a couple times and describes it in first person.
- Inter-Class Romance: Among the love interests are a rising soccer star, a talented mystery novelist, and a genius fashion designer. It's a shame they're all liars...
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The 7th liar gives up on a relationship with the MC but hopes that she'll be happy, whoever she's with.
- Lots of these among the liars.
- Tsubasa makes a snide comment about the MC getting dolled up despite her cold, and it only gets worse from there. Also a Dr. Jerk.
- The Load: The MC describes her co-worker Ayumi as "about as useful as an ejection seat on a helicopter."
- Love Triangle: The MC realizes that she's in one when she comes down to the last two guys.
- Manchild: One is encountered at the matchmaking party.
- Mistaken for Prostitute: At one point, an escort mistakes the MC for another escort.
- Multiple Endings:
- Each liar's stage ends with four possible endings, though three of these are more like Perspective Flips and not excluding of each other. Each stage also has a Bad Ending you get if you make the wrong decision on the final choice.
- The Lover's Routes diverge from the main plot and end with either the Happy End or Love End.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: One of the MC's friends is only called by her old college nickname, Lady Sachi.
- Perspective Flip: Secret and True Endings are from the perspective of the liar. Scumbag as well, usually, but sometimes it's someone else instead.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Ayumi puts these on when she meets Toya.Her eyes sparkle like a newborn fawn stepping out of the morning mist.
- Saying Too Much: At least one liar gives themselves away this way.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: The MC's goal. She has no luck in attracting good men, so it's believable she has very high standards.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Itaru and Sotaro's rivalry turns out to have ridiculously petty origins. They met at a spicy food joint and tried to one-up each other at spice tolerance levels. Both ended up taking on too much and putting themselves out of commission.
- Stealth Insult: When the MC hears about Ayumi's experience meeting her boyfriend's parents. Ayumi says she showered them with non-stop compliments, which the MC thinks is a terrible idea, but it apparently went over well.(Dear god! That means there are more people like Ayumi in the world...)
"Glad to hear it. Sounds like you've found a family that really gets you."
- Title Theme Drop: There are two main themes, the title screen music and the main menu music.
- The first few seconds of the main menu music play at the opening of each stage. It plays in full over the introductions of the ten men, and the ending of the main storyline.
- The first few seconds of the title screen music play near the beginning of each stage, when you're shown who the suspects will be. It plays in full right before it's time to choose a liar.
- Too Good to Be True: What the MC first thinks about Itaru. Later averted, for he's the non-liar.
- Unmoving Plaid: Itaru's suit.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: The MC's nephew is named Mars, which is remarked to be odd; the MC says that foreign-sounding names are becoming popular.
- Your Cheating Heart: The MC's ex boyfriend was cheating on her for six months. The 5th Liar is also revealed to be already married.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: When the MC asks to borrow a movie."Would you mind if I borrowed it?"
"Yeah, I would. I don't want to lend it to you.
I want to watch it with you."
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Sakurako Kaneyama
- Bland-Name Product: "Ormani" brand watches and "cBay".
- Companion Cube: Shiori's teddy bear.
- Continuity Cameo: Several of the characters from Uncover the Truth get minor appearances.
- Shuto Matsuki is in the fifth liar story working with Media Act on a shoot, and ends up being a victim of robbery.
- The sixth liar ends up working for Haruichi Mamiya or rather, the Mamiya family in their dumbass ending.
- The ninth liar story includes a doctor's note in the evidence list, signed by Sotaro Shiga.
- Fictional Counterpart: The 'Office Battles' series is clearly a parody of the Star Wars franchise. The mascot, Dace, even looks like a recoloured version of Yoda.
- Also, 'Merry K', which acts as a parody of Mary Kay.
- Foreshadowing: There have been many hints dropped throughout the game that point towards May's true identity.
- During the third liar, the MC attempts to fix May's scarf, causing May to immediately stop her from doing so.
- When the MC invites May to go to a hot spring with her and Reina, she rejects the offer, implying that she has something to hide...
- Also, on the night the MC was being followed by the spy, she messages May, asking to stay at her place, and was rejected by her immediately, implying that she was the one following the MC.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Happens to the MC in the third liar's Bad Ending.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: A news station mentions "TV personality Perys Halton".
- Saying Too Much: A clue to the fifth liar.
- Spoiler Opening: Office Deception follows the trend from Uncover the Truth of featuring the last two standing in the opening movie.
- Stalker with a Crush: Reina stalked, secretly took photos of, kidnapped and tied up the MC, and later explained that she did those things as she was in love with the MC.
- Sticky Fingers: The 5th liar cannot help but steal items from others, and even claims that the thrill of stealing gives them adrenaline for new ideas.