Let’s play Obscurio, the newest recreation from the makers of Mysterium
Right here at Overboard, we like two issues: mendacity to one another’s faces and deciphering mysterious clues. That’s why the second we heard of Obscurio, a combination of Mysterium’s picture based mostly clues and traditional hidden traitor mechanics, we knew we needed to play it. And extra importantly, that we needed to play it whereas in costume.
Obscurio takes place in a magical library, the place a bunch of intrepid wizards have discovered themselves trapped. Their solely hope of escaping by way of the library’s magical doorways is a mysterious grimoire that’s solely able to giving them imprecise clues. These surreal photographs would be the group’s solely hope, because the grimoire participant can’t converse or talk another data to the gamers.
Every spherical, the wizards should choose the proper door card out of six alternatives, and so they’ll should do it six time to win the sport. That is made additional troublesome as a result of the wizards have a traitor of their midst. The traitor-player retains their function a secret whereas sowing doubt and confusion among the many different wizards. After seeing the grimoire’s clues, the traitor will get to secretly choose two door playing cards, hoping these decoys would possibly ensnare a few of the different wizards.(The opposite three door playing cards are chosen randomly.) Ensuring the opposite wizards select flawed is the final word aim: if it occurs sufficient occasions through the recreation, the wizards lose and the traitor wins.
Complicating issues additional are the library’s traps, that are designed to confuse and confound the wizards. For instance, one entice covers the grimoire’s clues in veil of crimson, washing out all different colours. One other permits the traitor to pick out 4 decoy door playing cards, making certain that the wizards can have a fair tougher time discovering the proper door.
Obscurio manages to take the very best components of Mysterium and Deception: Homicide in Hong Kong and unite them in a single satisfying package deal. In comparison with Mysterium, Obscurio retains all gamers engaged on the identical clues for a similar goal every spherical, which is much less complicated and retains recreation transferring. Creating every spherical’s clues is a much less arduous process for the silent participant, whereas additionally providing them a whole lot of freedom in how they create these clues. The hidden function mechanic can also be executed extraordinarily nicely. Many hidden function video games can depart the participant feeling remoted, particularly after their identification has been revealed. In Obscurio, the traitor nonetheless has a robust affect on the remainder of the gamers even after they’ve been discovered. The truth is, that’s truly a part of the plan, because the participant is both outed earlier than the sport ends… or they win the sport!
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