I wanna play a little game
Jigsaw puzzles have a special place in my heart because they remind me of my younger years, both my Grandmas and one of my Aunts that have all passed away several years ago. My family enjoyed a good puzzle a few times a year and they were always a great activity to completely clear the mind. I feel completing so many of these early in my life has really helped shaped me into the extreme attention to detail I have as an adult.
Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions is a puzzle title that takes the charm of traditional jigsaw puzzles and puts a bit of a twist on what someone would normally expect. Instead of the common rectangle/square aspect of a puzzle here they are circular in shape. When a puzzle is started the game provides several grey dots where outside pieces go to help get the player started.
All of the pieces are on the left and right on the screen with the frame in the middle. Some liberties are taken away from the traditional jigsaw which I did not appreciate. Being digital there was not a whole image to reference and pieces are blacked out until you select one. When you select a piece the colour of it will appear and then you can move it with the analogue stick to place it in the frame. The placing was not perfect but not terrible either. If you do misplace a piece, then it will return to the side where it came from. The cursor moves a bit too slow for my liking as well. Complete the image and move onto the next one.
Upon completing a puzzle some quotes will be shown to get your mind thinking like, “Whoa… that’s deep…” The amount of puzzles available is on the lower end of what I would have expected, but you can play and replay each one on a normal or difficult level.
The best features of the game are easily the visuals and audio.
The images being put back together are rather trippy and of stained glass art style. They look pretty radical and the soundtrack goes amazing well with the genre. Nikita Sevalnev composed the music and achieves a nice level of tranquillity/far outness.
Glass Masquerade 2 goes outside, the typical jigsaw puzzle, box but not in any real special way. The gameplay is relaxing and even goes beyond that to dull after a few puzzles are completed. The stained-glass art style is appreciated along with the soundtrack. The title just does not have much to offer in general because there is not even an abundant amount of puzzles to provide plentiful time to play. The asking price on Steam is much more reasonable at $4.99 and recommended at that price over the eShop’s price of $11.99/£10.79. The game did not recapture my early age passion for jigsaw puzzles unfortunately.
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Platform: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Mobile
Release Date: 14/02/2020
No. of Players: 1
File Size: 489 MB
Developer: Onyx Lute
Download link: eShop