Mysterium Board Game Review
Mysterium is a cooperative investigation game created by Libellud. The game is set in the 1920s on the night of Samhain (Halloween), at a Scottish mansion where psychics have gathered to hold a séance. Their goal? To solve the mysterious death of a man-servant 30 years past by communicating with the ghost of the victim. The catch? The window of communication will end at midnight, giving the psychics 7 hours (representing the 7 rounds) to solve this mystery.
One player takes on the role of the ghost who gives the other player(s) “visions” to guide their psychics to the murderer. The gathered psychics are tasked with discerning the person who committed the murder, the location in which the victim was killed, and the object used as the murder weapon.
Mysterium provides background information on each of the six psychics, immersing the players even further into the experience. On the same note, Libellud offers a free downloadable atmospheric soundtrack. The soundtrack lasts almost an hour but most games can be completed in less than that time.
There are 18 cards of each of the suspects, locations, and objects, for a total of 54 cards and a matching 54 cards for the ghost. The ghost also has a deck of 84 vision cards featuring beautiful abstract artwork. The players’ tokens are crystal balls of six colors, one for each psychic.
Depending on the number of psychics, each game will use 4-7 cards from the suspects, locations, and objects categories. You’ll start to recognize cards from previous games but the replayability lies with the interpretation of the vision cards. Mysterium can be played with 2-3 players, but it plays best with 4+ players. Most games can be played within an hour, for the psychics are limited to 7 rounds (measured as hours in game).
Last, but certainly not least, Mysterium is a work of art. Every piece and card is well constructed and is a pleasure to behold. Yes, this game is pricey (MSRP $50) compared to some games, but the purchase is worth it. The materials used for the cards and game pieces are sturdy and high quality. Again, the artwork is AMAZING! And how many games come with their own eerie soundtrack? Assemble your psychics, step into Warwick Manor, and see what the ghost has to say.