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Glass Masquerade was originally released in 2016 and came to consoles in 2019. The Android version is free with in-app purchases and the Steam version sells for $4.99. I’m not sure why the console version has a premium price tag of $11.99, but it is fun and worth picking up if you don’t have access to the Steam version. I have seen this title on the Microsoft Store in an indie bundle for $7.99, so finding it on sale is possible.
There are twenty-five puzzles inspired by stained glass artwork from countries around the world. There are five levels of difficulty and the game starts off with puzzles at the middle range. I’m surprised it didn’t start off at the easiest level and work its way up. The difference between the difficulty ratings is how many pieces you have to work with. The more pieces there are, the harder it is to put back together.
At the beginning of each level, there are some red glowing pieces that line up with circles on the watch’s face. If you don’t like this head start, you can disable it in the options menu. Just like jigsaw puzzles, I tend to do the edges first and work my way to the middle of the puzzle.
As the title suggests, you’re working with broken pieces of stained glass. The puzzle pieces are quite different and vary in size, shape, and coloring significantly. Have you ever tried to reassemble a dropped and broken glass? If so, this game is for you!
Depending on the puzzle difficulty, the levels took me between three and forty-five minutes to complete. I enjoyed the soothing background music and found it quite fitting for this game. The completed puzzles are quite detailed and colorful. Sometimes I didn’t recognize the theme until I was finished.
Though this game is family-friendly there are a couple of levels worth mentioning. Britain’s puzzle features Sherlock Holmes with his iconic pipe. India’s puzzle has the elephant god Ganesha on it.
While this game ran fine, the only issue worth noting is that some of the pieces don’t seem to scale very well and I had to solve some puzzles with the process of elimination. That's because I couldn’t figure out where some pieces could possibly go.
If you enjoy puzzles and stain glass artwork, Glass Masquerade is worth looking into. Because the PC version is a lot cheaper, I’d recommend going that route first if available. This game is bound to keep you busy for a few hours. In regards to replayability you can disable the red pieces to add some challenge, or you can replay the puzzles to beat your previous times. I look forward to checking out the recently released sequel.