“Mysterium” is a cooperative deduction and storytelling board game designed by Oleksandr Nevskiy and Oleg Sidorenko, and published by Libellud. It is a game of mystery and intrigue, where players work together to solve a murder case by deciphering cryptic clues and communicating with a ghost.
In “Mysterium,” one player takes on the role of a ghost who cannot speak but can only communicate with the other players, who are psychic investigators. The ghost provides visual clues using beautifully illustrated cards, attempting to guide the investigators towards the correct suspects, locations, and objects related to the crime.
The game is played over multiple rounds, with each round representing a night of investigation. The ghost provides each investigator with a set of vision cards, which are dreamlike images that hint at the possible solutions. The investigators must interpret the visions and collaborate to make deductions and guesses about the correct suspect, location, and object associated with the crime.
After the investigators discuss and make their choices, the ghost reveals whether they are correct or not. If the investigators are successful, they move on to the next set of clues. If they are incorrect, they have limited chances to try again in subsequent rounds.
The ultimate goal of “Mysterium” is for the investigators to solve the murder case before the game ends. The level of difficulty can be adjusted, and the game offers different game modes and expansions, providing additional scenarios and challenges.
“Mysterium” is praised for its immersive atmosphere, intriguing storytelling, and cooperative gameplay. It encourages players to think creatively, interpret visual cues, and work together to unravel the mysteries. The game fosters communication and collaboration among players as they share their interpretations and theories.
The combination of deduction, storytelling, and the unique role of the ghost player makes “Mysterium” a captivating and engaging experience. It has become a popular choice for fans of cooperative and mystery-themed board games.