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Seek out the Light in a Misty deck

The Light in the Mist is an upcoming project by PostCurious, a company that specializes in making beautifully-illustrated narrative puzzle games. This time, they chose to use the tarot as a medium to tell the story of a missing friend. Your goal is to find the clues and solve the mystery behind her disappearance. It will launch on Kickstarter on September 21.

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The game uses the structure of the tarot as its basis: the 56 cards of the Minor Arcana - divided into Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles - will lead you to unravel the secrets of the 22 cards of the Major Arcana. To do this, you will select a Major Arcana card. The card will indicate how many Minor Arcana cards you need to resolve it. You will then try to collect them and figure out a keyword. You will search the keyword in the accompanying booklet, and read a piece of the story. Sometimes you will be able to unlock more than one story bits, or keep a clue you found for later.


The tarot card meanings have inspired the puzzles themselves (for example, the Hermit puzzle is about self-reflection), and, like a tarot reader uses a spread arrangement to read the cards, you will at times have to find the correct card arrangement to piece the clues together. The traditional Rider-Waite-Smith tarot was the jumping point for the illustrations: some cards contain direct visual influences, others hint at it indirectly after you reveal their message. The puzzles are non-linear, so you can choose your own way of figuring them out. Some have multiple answers too, which then lead to different passages in the storybook.

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This is a non-replayable game which takes approximately 5 hours to solve. You will then be left with a functional tarot deck, or can pass it along to a fellow gamer to enjoy.


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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
Sep 20, 2021

Would you say you'd need a basic understanding of Tarot Card-Reading to enjoy the game?

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Athena
Athena
Sep 22, 2021
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As Z said, I believe it's perfectly playable without any tarot knowledge. People who know tarot will probably catch some visual hints that relate to the tarot meanings. Something like 'Easter eggs'.

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