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The first piece of a puzzle
Puzzles. Puzzle games are my absolutely favourite ones. Mostly I like games that have other aspects as well, such like story-driven, great graphics, good gameplay and controls, enemies, death, maybe horror, but at least thriller. I like the tense and pressure to solve the puzzles and what comes to my mind is early Resident Evil -games. Well, Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions isn’t nothing like a horror game, but merely an easy going puzzle game. I liked the simplicity it has and free from pressure, just sit down and enjoy solving puzzles.
No game overs
Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions doesn’t have story or any plot features. It also doesn’t have deaths, game overs or enemies.
Solving a puzzle reveals one theorem, usually about life, relationships, love, hate, emotions and philosophy. I liked that the game gave a little prizes. Those weren’t the reason I wanted to solve them, though. It was merely the relaxation, no-worries and casual feelings it brought.
Gameplay, controls and graphics
The gameplay was simple. Player needs to solve jigsaw puzzles made from stained glass pieces. It took from 20 minutes to over an hour to solve one puzzle. What made them difficult, was the fact how the picture of stained glass was mostly illegible. Even after finishing, I couldn’t tell what the picture was supposed to be. This is probably the only huge misstep in Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions and I would’ve liked them to be more legible, because I like stained glass art.
The controls were OK, but what was missing was some basic options to make the gameplay little easier. The graphics were nice and the stained glass looked beautiful.
Every puzzle began with little help. The game gave answers where to put some pieces to make the start more easy. After that I usually tried to find all the pieces that fills the edges. Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions puzzles were all in circle area made it easy to find the correct ones, very much like regular puzzles in a square area. If player wanted more challenge, every puzzle can be tried with much harder difficulty. I tried one and it was impossible for me. I probably could’ve solve one, but it would’ve took lot of time. In harder mode the puzzle is mirrored and turned. All the pieces were rotatable, when in normal mode they were fixed.
The last piece of a puzzle
Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions was nice, easy-going and beautiful puzzler. To maximize my relaxation I listened audiobooks while playing. For basic puzzle likers this might be OK and also someone who wants little challenge with the hard mode. I didn’t play this through in one sitting, absolutely not. I usually did two to three puzzles and then I had to quit, but the puzzles always got me back to the game (and the audiobooks, too). I can’t say this is must-play title, but Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions is a one good option at least.
(Review copy kindly provided by the publisher)
“Solving a puzzle reveals one theorem, usually about life, relationships, love, hate, emotions and philosophy”