Family Board Game Review: Mysterium


Mysterium is a family game where you can work together as a team to solve a murder — one player must be the ghost and give hints, while the rest work together to decipher the visions.

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Every Sunday my family of four sits down and plays games together. I wouldn’t change the bonding and family fun that we have every week for anything else. Because we play games so often, we have quite the gaming cabinet. Also because we play so much, we have a lot of games that are meant for older kids, that we have taught our children to play. If I was forced to play Chutes and Ladders every week, I would go insane. 

Our collection of games has been growing a lot over the last year, as our daughters have grown older and more mature. Honestly, we have pushed them to the limit with games sometimes, which is why we like a variety of co-op games as well. This way, we can really help guide them while we are playing, and it isn’t full on cheating. One of our favorites lately is Mysterium. 

This game is a lot of fun! The basic gist of it is that you are trying to solve a murder. One player, has been killed, and therefore is a ghost. What does that mean? Well they cannot talk for the whole game (this is HARD for me!), and they give vision cards to try to guide the other players in solving the crime. 

Players must discover who committed the crime, where they committed it, and with what weapon (sounds familiar doesn’t it?). The main differences between Mysterium and Clue are that each player has a collection of cards — person, place, weapon — that they must figure out. Another major difference is that the players are working together. 

Once everyone has figured out their person, place, and weapon, the game moves to its final stage. The ghost selects one of those combinations to be the correct combination, and chooses three more vision cards to coincide with that combination. Depending on how quickly each player solved their visions, they can view anywhere from one to all three of those cards.

This is where the players stop working together. They must each secretly vote for which combination they think is correct. the combination with the most votes is revealed, but if it is incorrect, the game ends with no winner.

Can Kids Play?

My girls are 7 and 9 and Mysterium is one of their favorite games to play. That being said, when they are the ghost and tasked with giving the visions to the rest of the players, it can be tough. It is hard to think about what connections their minds make, because it isn’t at all the same as my husband and I would do. 

I will admit that sometimes my daughters figure out my husband’s vision cards quicker than I do! Which is why I like that we can discuss what each one might mean together. This is a game of strategy and has ended up being one of our favorites! Even when we lose.


About Mysterium

A horrible crime has been committed on the grounds of Warwick Manor and it’s up to the psychic investigators to get to the bottom of it. In Mysterium, one player takes on the role of the ghost and over the course of a week, tries to lead the investigators to their culprit. Each night the team will be met with visions, but what is the ghost trying to tell you? Can the psychics determine the weapon, location and killer or will a violent criminal pull off the perfect murder?

In the 1920’s, Mr. MacDowell, a gifted astrologist, entered in his new house when he immediately detected a supernatural being. Gathering eminent mediums of his time for an extraordinary séance, they will have 7 hours to contact the ghost and investigate to unlock an old mystery. Unable to talk, the amnesic ghost will communicate with the mediums through visions (illustrated cards). They will have to decipher the images to help the ghost remember how he was murdered (who? where? which weapon?).

The more they cooperate and guess, well, the easier it will be to the catch the right culprit. This party game is one of the most anticipated games, thanks to innovative, thrilling and immersive features. It offers cooperation and investigation with an asymmetrical gameplay. While playing the ghost or a medium, you will have fun trying to guess what other players have in their minds! So enter in this strange manor and let yourself be led by your intuition.

Grab Mysterium today for lots of family fun!

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