[PlayStation 4] Glass Masquerade Review

by the_nmac

You need to repair shattered clocks from around the world, putting the clocks back together piece by piece. Learn more in our Glass Masquerade review!

Glass Masquerade – Launch Trailer | PS4

Welcome to Glass Masquerade – an artistic puzzle game inspired by Art Deco and stained-glass artisans of the 20th century. 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 beautiful and intricately designed stained-glass jigsaw puzzles to complete
• Journey around the world – each puzzle is inspired by a different country
• Art Deco mosaics and presentation give the game a distinct visual style
• Relaxing gameplay provides a calming experience – no time limits, no stress
• Soothing, atmospheric soundtrack by Russian composer Nikita Sevalnev
• Finish the game and replay the puzzles to improve your completion times
• Platinum Trophy
• Interface support for the following languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Glass Masquerade is a new puzzle game from Onyx Lute and Digerati. The gameplay is simple since you are presented with an empty clock and you need to take the broken pieces from it and put it all back together. You get the open clock and around it in two rings are the pieces that you need to place. From the very start depending upon difficulty, you will have four to six red pieces with a small indicator of where to place them that matches the clock to help you get started. If you want to up the difficulty, you can turn this feature off in the menu for a more challenging experience.

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The gameplay is very simple overall, but the puzzles can get considerably more difficult. You have the main world map that you can travel around, and every country has a themed glass clock that needs to be reconstructed. Each has its own difficulty star rating topping off at 5-stars. As you complete the content for the countries, you will open up the pathways to the rest, typically leading to more difficult puzzles.

Glass Masquerade has 25 puzzles in total to complete. As I stated earlier, they will get more difficult as you progress in the game, with difficulty based on the number of pieces that you need to use. Easier puzzles have around 30 pieces, while the harder ones could have just over 60 pieces. The easier puzzles would take me anywhere from 4-6 minutes to complete, while the harder ones would take me around 20-30 min tops. The harder ones are harder because there are more pieces to use, and because said pieces are also a lot smaller, which means there’s definitely more room for error in your puzzle solving.

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In terms of some good in-game strategies to use, once you have your red pieces in place, I found that focusing on completing the edges would help, as the pieces would typically be flat instead of jagged, making them easier to identify and then place in their correct spot. From there, just flip pieces over to look at them and compare these against your existing edges. Also, be sure to pay attention to their color as that may help you find where they belong in the overall scheme.

Each puzzle nets you a trophy after completion, and the harder the puzzle, the better the trophy is going to be When you complete all of the puzzles you will have earned yourself a Platinum trophy. It shouldn’t take you more than a few hours to get through all of the puzzles, so this is an easy and fun Platinum trophy to aim for.

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Final Thoughts

Glass Masquerade is a different style of puzzle game focused on the details of putting the glass images back together. The game itself will feel a bit repetitive as you play the different 25 puzzles, as there are no new gameplay techniques introduced as you go – the only change being how more pieces are added at a smaller size. But if you like puzzle games, this one will not disappoint.

This Glass Masquerade review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Digerati Distribution.

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