Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions
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Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions follows in the footsteps of its predecessor with more of the same soothing jigsaw style puzzles. The gameplay remains unchanged, but the new theme features slightly more sinister-looking stained glass art to assemble from broken pieces. It’s still a very enjoyable experience, but overall it’s more of the same, so like the original, it will be a love it or hate it experience for most players.

Gameplay: Assemble stained glass images by piecing together the broken pieces.

Graphics: The art style is unique and some of the images are quite sinister.

Sound: Very soothing and relaxing

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Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions

Developer: Onyx Lute | Publisher: Onyx Lute | Release Date: 2019 | Genre: Casual / Puzzle / Indie | Website: Official Website | Purchase: Steam

The original Masquerade was a pleasant surprise and offered a nice tranquil gaming experience. By combining the tried and tested jigsaw formula with stained glass style artwork the game was not only fun to play, but also very eye-catching. Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions follows the same path as its predecessor, but this time with an Alice In Wonderland twist.

Glass Masquerade used a very simple formula, which while very addictive, also means that there isn’t a whole lot for this sequel to improve upon. It’s still an artistic puzzle game where your goal is to piece together a stained glass picture using the different shards. It did feel like this game is slightly more challenging compared to the first one due to the abstract artwork that is used. The images are a perfect match for the dreamlike atmosphere of the game but can make it very tricky to determine where pieces will fit. This isn’t too much of an issue, though, as the focus of Glass Masquerade 2 is on the unique shapes of the pieces and not the images on them.

Anyone who has played the original game will feel instantly at home with Glass Masquerade 2. The interface feels a bit more polished and the art style is a lot busier but other than that it is business as usual as you select your puzzle and then try to assemble the pieces. The irregularly shaped pieces and the fact that you don’t have a full picture to work from like with traditional jigsaw puzzles do make the game a bit more challenging, but overall it is still a very relaxing experience. We did notice that all of the puzzle boards in this game are round, which is a bit strange as the original had ones in different shapes.

With more than 30 puzzles to solve the game will keep most players busy for quite a while, especially as later puzzles feature more pieces. Not all of the puzzles are accessible from the start, so you have to complete what is available to earn keys that unlock new puzzles. In the process, you also unlock special shards, which are then used to complete the final puzzle in the game. The game also has an optional “Hard” mode which does not automatically rotate the pieces to their correct orientation when you pick them up. Instead, players must use the mouse scroll wheel to rotate the pieces.

It ups the challenge and boards that can be finished in about 20 minutes on the “Normal” mode can take upwards of an hour to complete on “Hard.” On the other side of the spectrum, the game can also be set to show the anchor points for a few of the edge pieces to get you started. This is great for players who simply want a relaxing experience instead of the frustration of sifting through random pieces just to get started.

Visually, Glass Masquerade 2 looks great even though the art style is a lot more sinister than the original game. Once again, only the silhouette of pieces are shown, so you have to pick each one up individually to see their picture and orientation. Pieces that you place in the correct position snaps together with a satisfying click or fly back to their spots rotating the board if you are wrong. The game keeps track of how long it takes you to solve each puzzle, but there are no time limits to worry about. It’s simply about beating your own best times if you are so inclined. The soundtrack by composer Nikita Sevalnev is very soothing and all the tunes are a great match for the game. However, because it is such a relaxing experience Glass Masquerade 2 is also a great game to play while listening to something else.

Everything in the game is mouse controlled, which works well, but you can also enable the option to rotate pieces using the “A” and “D” keys on your keyboard instead of your mouse. Other options include the ability to invert scrolling and rotation and to adjust the sensitivity of the dials.

Overall, we had fun with Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions and it provided a nice distraction from more intense games. It doesn’t do anything radically different from the original game, so if you liked the original you will enjoy this one. As with traditional jigsaw puzzles its not a game that will appeal to everyone, but if you are in the mood for some mindless puzzle solving you can do far worse than Glass Masquerade 2.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 (or higher)
  • Processor: 1.6GHz CPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD4000, AMD HD 6550D (or higier), 256Mb video memory
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Only 16:9 monitors are supported properly. Other aspect ratios will be rendered using black sidebars.
  • OS: Windows 7 (or higher)
  • Processor: 2.0GHz CPU or higher
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 650, AMD HD7850 (or higher), 1GB video memory
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Only 16:9 monitors are supported properly. Other aspect ratios will be rendered using black sidebars.
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 (or higher)
  • Processor: 1.6GHz CPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256Mb video memory
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Only 16:9 monitors are supported properly. Other aspect ratios will be rendered using black sidebars.
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 (or higher)
  • Processor: 2.2GHz CPU or higher
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1GB video memory
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Only 16:9 monitors are supported properly. Other aspect ratios will be rendered using black sidebars.

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