If you like to play board games, there’s a chance you’ve played or heard of Mysterium. If so, you know it is a casual board game where each player assumes the role of a psychic attempting to solve murders by analyzing a series of visual clues. It’s sort of a Dixit meets Clue/Cluedo and it’s a great amalgam of both worlds. Each turn you’re given a set of beautifully drawn cards which hint at one of the suspects, murder weapons, or locations, and you’re supposed to guess the right answer by using loose association and lateral thinking. If playing the clairvoyance mode, you also get the chance to see what the other psychics picked and judge if their call is good. If you guess correctly, you’ll be given more clues in the final round, to better round out the true answer. The gameplay is extremely simple yet very satisfying, and with the number of expansions out there, can be played for ages.
Now, the game has its official adaptation out on Steam, and it is truly faithful to the physical version of the game, featuring the same gorgeous, dreamy art and rustic feel. There’s a Pass & Play mode, a game variant with or without clairvoyance, as well as a Story mode if you’d like to discover the background of each playable psychic. The story is set in 1922 in Scotland, where a small town in the Warwick area has been struck by a series of violent murders, leaving a trail of blood which apparently leads nowhere. Several suspects have been caught in the act at various crime scenes, but none of them has any recollection of the events leading up to, and including the murder – they all just remember waking up in the prison cell after. It is up to you, the psychics, to communicate with the ghosts of the deceased and find out who of the townsfolk is the best suspect for each particular case, as well as which weapon they used, and where it all took place. The ghosts can’t speak, so they communicate using only images with a multitude of seemingly randomly put together visual clues.
On steam, the game is available for $6,99 for the Base Game, and $1.99 for each of the two DLC’s, Mysterium – Hidden Signs, and Mysterium – Secrets and Lies. You can play by yourself with AI partners, or explore the game in multiplayer (as it should be played!) with up to 7 friends online. This is an excellent way to get the most out of your Mysterium experience, especially since the game is available cross-platform, on tablet and mobile, as well as PC (it stands at $3.49 in the Google Play Store for Android and $3.99 at the App Store on iOS). There are also multiple languages supported; other than English, the game offers French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, and Ukranian variants.
If you like casual cooperative games, or are already a fan of Mysterium, you would do well to get it on at least one of these platforms, and turn on those extra-sensory perception powers to find out the story behind the mysterious murders.