[PS4] Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions Review

by the_nmac

Solve stunning jigsaw puzzles from pieces of stained-glass as you put together dreamlike… or nightmare-inducing images. Check our Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions review!

Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions is a dreamlike collection of artistic jigsaw puzzles to piece together at your own relaxed pace. Dive into the rabbit hole of the abstract and the fantastical, putting together stained-glass fragments to solve dreams and riddles. Enjoy baroque depictions of 20th century imagination, in puzzles more intricate and complex than the original.

Key Features:

Over 30 artistic puzzles to complete

Gorgeous stained-glass depictions of 20th century surrealism and fantasy

New options to introduce greater challenge, such as randomized shard angles

A new original soundtrack from composer Nikita Sevalnev

Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions – Trailer | PS4

I reviewed Glass Masquerade last year and had a good time with it. I liked the game but thought it was a bit repetitive, as no new game mechanics are introduced while playing. Mind you, I enjoyed it enough to Platinum the game, so I was definitely happy when I saw the review code for Glass Masquerade 2 slip into my inbox. I was curious would it have been more of the same, or if it had any new tricks under its sleeve.

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The game’s gameplay is simple to pick up, but the challenge does ramp up once you go into Hard Mode. You are given an empty circle, with black pieces around the circle, and while you do get some hints with pieces with a red dot that correspond to a red dot on the edge of the circle, you’re definitely going to be challenged by each puzzle. At least this will help you get a start on the puzzle at hand!

From there, you start assembling the pieces in the spots where they will fit. On Normal mode, you are looking at 5-15 minutes per puzzle. Hard mode (which you have to play if you want to get the Platinum) increases the difficulty by having the pieces orientated in different directions, which would make it significantly harder. On some of the final puzzles, I was spending close to an hour or more solving them. Some of the easier puzzles will start with around 40 puzzles, and the hardest increases that to 88. With the screen only being able to display 20-25 at a time depending on the size, you need to scroll through the pieces quite a bit in later puzzles.

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Last time around, the puzzles in the previous game were based on different countries and had different shapes to fill in. With the sequel, they have opted to keep the same shape for every puzzle, but they are now more dreamlike (or nightmare-ish), which I felt was certainly more interesting. I still wish they had experimented a bit with the overall shape for each of the puzzles, but it’s not a deal-breaker.

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Final Thoughts

I had fun taking on what Glass Masquerade 2 had to offer. I played every puzzle on hard on my race to be the first person in the world to get the Platinum trophy, missing the mark by a few hours, and I have to say I did like the bump in the difficulty level when compared to its prequel. Glass Masquerade 2 has an addictive gameplay loop, and if you liked its prequel, then you’ll dig this one.

This Glass Masquerade 2 review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Digerati Distribution.

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