Ah, the Freemasons, where would conspiracy loons be without them? Whether you believe they were actually behind the Kennedy assassination, or believe that they control the world governments, or actually buy into the whole Illuminati/DaVinci Code thing, lots and lots of conspiracies would be all the poorer without them. That's an awful lot to heap onto a fraternal organization consisting of guys who do good works and exchange silly handshakes. Although, if you've ever been inside one of their lodges, their symbology does seem a bit...spooky, doesn't it? So why would you wander into one of those places only to find yourself locked in? Looking for the Holy Grail, perhaps? Or you just mistook it for the bar down the street? Regardless, you've gone and done it now, and you must solve this cute little room escape in Masonic Mystery. Who knows what really lurks in the depths of a Masonic Lodge? You're about to find out.
Designed by Abroy, Masonic Mystery is a fun little point-and-click escape. Nothing too taxing, although it might help if you could read Latin. And Music. Wander around the lushly appointed room searching for a way out before the members come back for the evening's festivities. I'm sure they only revolve around drinks and poker but perhaps its best to get out quickly, just in case.
There are a few clever puzzles in this quick little game, but as some are dependent on (a) color, and (b) some sort of working knowledge of music, this might be a little difficult for those who have problems with either. Otherwise you're looking at an enjoyable escape that is a nice mix of puzzle solving and use of found objects. On the downside, there is a lot of pixel hunting. Why do these game designers not use changing cursors? Why? It would make our lives so much easier. And when you finally get out of the room and breathe a sigh of relief, you will find an advertisement, but that hardly detracts from the fun of figuring your way out.
So if you're looking for a little mid-week excitement, or are one of those folks looking to prove the Freemasons were behind faking the moon landing, here's the game for you. You won't find any evidence, but you might find a little entertainment, and a pleasant way to pass the time as you try to get out. So get escaping! Just remember, if you're caught, I've never heard of you.