It's December 13th, 1894 and the Count of Warwick is throwing a masquerade ball to mark the birthday of his daugther, but all is not well. At one-thirty in the morning, a servant is found dead in suspicious circumstances and murder is suspected. But with a house full of guests in disguise, it is impossible to identify the killer and no one is punished. Soon, mysterious happenings are documented around the house and rumours circulate that the ghost of the dead servant is trying to communicate with the living.
In Mysterium, you and up to 6 of your friends and family membes will play the ghost and a group of psychic mediums. The ghost's powers are running out, giving you just one evening to conduct a seance in which you will try to establish who was responsible for the murder. Will you solve the crime and allow the spirit to be at peace, or will time run out with the coming dawn?
Unable to talk, the ghost communicates with the mediums through a series of visions. By giving players illustrated cards containing cryptic art work, the ghost will try to indicate the culprit, the location where the killing happened, and the means of murder. The psychic mediums work together to decipher the images on the cards, and through deductive reasoning will work towards solving all three aspects of the murder: killer, location and weapon.
Despite the grizzly theme of murder, Mysterium is a deductive reasoning game that is suitable for all the family. The artwork on the cards is stunning and showcased to great effect on large, tarot-sized cards which bring the gothic world to life. The ghost keeps information hidden behind a large player screen that depicts the mansion; cardboard crows sit atop the screen; the psychics use plastic crystal ball markers to indicate their guesses - the theme really comes to life in Mysterium making it an ideal game for Halloween events, or even for those looking for something better than mainstream games like Cluedo.
Based on the award-winning Polish original Tajemnicze Domostwo, Mysterium is Libellud's update of the game with improved components and artwork, and more balanced gameplay. There are also two expansions available to add more artwork and variability to the game: Hidden Signs and Secrets and Lies.So what are you waiting for? Are you ready to solve the mystery of Warwick Manor?
Player count: 2-7 (with asymmetrical play)
Age suitability: 10+ (but we've played it with 8+ without issue)
Playtime with experienced players: 45 minutes
Playtime with new players: 60 minutes
Weight / Complexity Rating on Board Game Geek: 1.93 / 5
Board Game Geek Link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/181304/mysterium
Designer: Oleksandr Nevskiy and Oleg Sidorenko
Publisher's website: http://en.libellud.com/games/mysterium