I’ve played a handful of PC games claiming to be Tarot-related, but the new Mystery Murders: Jack the Ripper is the first one to not only include actual Rider-Waite card images, but actual Tarot explanations and spreads.
Even better, this is one of the better PC Hidden Object/Puzzle games I’ve played (and there’s been dozens!).
Set in England (natch), Mystery Murders: Jack the Ripper features Emma de Ville, a clairvoyant receiving startling, gruesome visions about a killer at her home in Piccadilly Circus.
The hidden object parts are actually quite challenging, even in casual mode (I’ve had to use the hint button at least once in every scene), and while the puzzles aren’t too difficult (like those in Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate and subsequent MCF games), they’re still engaging. There are also clever, original matching games I haven’t seen before in a PC game of this stripe, so it’s nice to actually be surprised when playing one!
One scene even featured a Celtic Cross layout, and the journal explains Tarot and the terms Major and Minor Arcana (how cool is that?)
I’m only 45 minutes into it, but I can say that, so far, this is a very well-done Hidden Object/Puzzle game with attractive graphics and easy-to-use interface.
Go try it out yourself for free for 60 minutes at Big Fish Games. After that, you can choose to buy it for only $6.99 (BFG is where I buy 98% of my PC games).
Below are some screen shots I took. Nice eye candy, huh?
-- Janet Boyer, Amazon Top/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin)