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.