Released (on Steam): 18 Nov, 2016
Genres: Casual, Indie
Developer: Onyx Lute
Publisher: Onyx Lute
Steam Price: £3.99
Welcome to Glass Masquerade - an artistic puzzle game inspired by Art Deco & stained glass artisans of the 20th century. You need to combine hidden glass pieces to unveil clocks and themes exhibited by various cultures of the world at the 'International Times Exhibition' - an interactive electronic show.
25 countries attending:
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Tanzania, USA
This journey around the world will take only 3-4 hours of your time. All exhibits have been carefully crafted for your eyes' joy and pleasure - don't just pass by!
Completion: Game completed once
Playtime at Review: 4.4 hours
Total Playtime: 4.4 hours
Achievements at Review: 32/32 (100%)
My rating: 6.2/10
Varying difficulties for different puzzles
Simple yet interesting take on what are essentially jigsaw puzzles
Relaxed puzzle game (as opposed to those that make you want to smash your keyboard)
Easy to 100%, for anyone interested in achievements (can be done in a single play-through)
Could work as basic education for those who know nothing about country locations
No replay value unless you're someone who wants to try beating their previous times.
I was reluctant to play this game at first, thinking it was going to be a plain jigsaw puzzle type game with nothing interesting about it, but boy was I wrong! It was incredibly relaxing, which isn't something I get very often with puzzle games. It also had me so captivated that I played through and finished it in one sitting. It took me almost 4.5 hours to complete the game (including free DLC), and I'm certain people with more functional brains could complete it quicker (I'm sloooooow :P).
So you start on a map and essentially work your way from country to country on said map. Each country has it's own puzzle for you to complete with a specific difficulty assigned to it. The puzzles generally relate to the culture or themes a country are known for. For example, Tanzania is well known for it's elephant population and poaching so the puzzle involved elephants (as can be seen in the screenshots on the Steam page). It could be a very nice game to teach someone basic geography in terms of country locations.
Another point to note is that, unlike a standard puzzle where the pieces are all the same, this has all kinds of different shaped and sized pieces which at times can be useful, and others pose more of a challenge The style and art of the game is also very impressive and pleases the eyes.
Basically, if you fancy a relaxed way of engaging your brain a little, this could well be the game for you. I'm still surprised at how much I enjoyed it!
Posted on 15-07-2019