Mrs. Peacock with the candlestick in the conservatory

Mysterium ready to cross over to the other side

Mysterium was one of the victims from the famous Colt Express fallout of 2016. You might remember that Colt Express was launched by Asmodee with much aplomb, only to be met with rather dour reviews especially concerning the state of its multiplayer system. Asmodee quickly pushed back the releases of Mysterium and Potion Explosion to 2017 to work things out. I’m not sure if you noticed, but it’s 2017. As such, we can expect Mysterium to materialize this Thursday on all platforms.

Mysterium was the darling board game of 2015, but it holds up quite well today. It’s played with asymmetric teams and, yet, is fully cooperative. If one team loses, everyone loses. The story revolves around a murder and a group of parapsychologists who come to speak to the deceased in order to solve the crime. One player plays the ghost while the others play the investigators. Each player is assigned a suspect, location, and weapon and the ghost has to get each investigator to figure out which three belong to each player. After that’s done, the investigators vote on which character, weapon, and location they think are tied to the murder and, if correct, win the game.

The twist is that the ghost cannot speak. Instead, he sends the investigators visions in the form of cards that are a cross between M.C. Escher, HR Giger, and Tim Burton laced with a bit of peyote. They’re bonkers, and yet that’s all the investigators have to go on to determine their culprits.

The heart of the game is the investigators discussing what the cards mean and trying to figure out which of the suspects they relate to. How this will work in a digital medium is anyone’s guess, but the app does have in-game chat.

Mysterium will be going live on iOS, Android, and Steam on Thursday. We don’t have an exact time yet, but we’re hoping to have a review up close to its release, or by early next week at the latest.

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  1. Why would they have to amend the review?

    The reviewer says in the comments that his score still would be 1-star even if multiplayer had worked for him because he didn't enjoy the game.

    His editor also adds comments to the effect that he is supporting the review and the chosen star score. (He also reserved space for an update on multiplayer once more people are online.)

    It's not like anyone actually takes PT seriously anymore. The editor also acknowledges the recent decline in readership. So who's going to force them to amend it?

    Also, for the record, I've never received any complaints about the Twilight Struggle app and these alleged "sexual acts"...

    P.S. One of the best things about Stately Play is that @TheDukester has returned in all of his glory!

  2. Also, for the record, I've never received any complaints about the Twilight Struggle app and these alleged "sexual acts"...

    Well, no one is going to COMPLAIN. Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

    BTW, I think the requirement for TS to actually ... ummmm ... do stuff ... must be to win a game. Which I still haven't done. So it's not like I'm speaking from experience, anyway.

  3. Nick says:

    Believe it or not, I was being serious. Ah, well, maybe next year.

  4. Oh, hi. Since you are here, I thought I'd elaborate on what I said about finding the review uninformative.

    I know everyone doesn't feel this way, but what I want in a review is for it to help me figure out whether I will like a game or not. I don't particularly care whether the reviewer likes it. This is something I see frequently in reviews these days. That doesn't make it a bad review, just not the sort of one that helps me with a purchasing decision. And yes, I know I'm a weirdo.

    I've seen some comments from people at TA that seem to like the game, but the most common response seems to be more confusion and "is this all there is?".

    It's a real shame, really, that the digital conversion of Asmodee titles has been rough. Still holding out hope for potion explosion.

  5. A

    From the really old guy who has been on way too many forums over the years:

    I'd rather have Duke around. Sure, he's too acerbic too often, so what? It's real world and despite my own differences of opinions over the years, I'd rather see Duke contributing his own rather sharp style of critique. There's really not much to lose having to endure the barbs. And the fights are over quickly. This is hardly the kind of stuff for which the word "ban" needs to be mentioned, is it?

    As well, I'll be happy to tell Duke to take it down a notch whenever he feels he has the opening for the kick to the head. Cool it, Dude. Just critique.

    [edits finished]

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