A Romance/Mystery story game set in a mystical tarot world. Romance your favorite characters, or choose one of them to give you a tarot reading from a variety of enticing choices.

You are a prodigy of the magical arts, left to your own devices by your wandering mentor. Make choices that shape your story as you fall headfirst into a whirlwind adventure, filled with a colorful cast of characters who all have one thing in common: their interest in you.

Delve deep into the heart of intrigue, and uncover a murder mystery that still hangs over the city like a shroud.

Be careful what secrets you reveal and what choices you make… yours is not the only fate that hangs in the balance. Magic, romance and mystery await. Who will you choose to love and who will you choose to condemn? How will your story unravel?

The Arcana is a luxurious and interactive visual story and otome inspired dating sim. It also offers a variety of mystic Tarot readings from your choice of favorite characters. You can choose your own romance, story, and date your choice of characters. The mystery unfurls in 22 books (or episodes) that correspond to the 22 Major Arcana cards in Tarot.

Inside The Arcana, a player in search of love, romance, magic, mystery and Tarot readings can:

- indulge in a romance with a character of your choice (or romance them all!)
- make choices through an otome-inspired, interactive murder mystery story
- choose your own pronouns and be whoever you want to be
- play a dating sim with a twist
- enjoy your choice of mystic Tarot readings (general life, love, career and happiness): choose your cards and learn what mysteries they reveal
- fall in love...
- earn postcards and prizes in our Heart Hunter mini game

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The Arcana

What’s New

Version 1.53

bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
4.6K Ratings
4.6K Ratings
Hannah0421 ,


I love this game so far!! The art and story are wonderful though there seems to be a gap in time once you chose a path to follow (character to romance). Also!! Can Muriel and Valerius (the judge with the braid and wine) be romance options?! Oh!! Lucio too!! Lucio would be an interesting option. I’ve caught up on the Asra romance and started Julians and just 😍 I love them both!! I would love to see more games like this by you guys!! I haven’t played a game like this that I’ve loved more!!

Also I think a lot of the issues people are giving with the coins could be resolved if everyday we login the coin amount is increased instead of just 5 everytime. It would also give more incentive to keep logging in while waiting for more chapters to come out. I feel like even while playing without spending coins the story progresses rather quickly; so they don’t take long to finish and collecting everything from the minigames seems a tad pointless. If you guys decide to keep making more games like this (Which I hope you do because I have loved this game soooo much) maybe try to beef up the stories a bit so they drag out longer. Like add romantic conflict maybe?? Cause I feel like if some of the other characters are interested in the hero, they wouldn’t just stand aside once the hero has chosen a specific character to pursue. Or maybe there’s other characters interested in the character that the hero chooses to pursue so there’s conflict there.

NekoKashu ,

Beautiful, luxurious, but would rather pay for it in one fell swoop than have it be pay to play.

This game is stunning, and admittedly has become something of a guilty pleasure. The characters, even the non-romanceable ones, are fascinating and enjoyable to interact with. Having the mini games available to unlock special storylines is a nice challenge as well. To top it off, the online store has some adorable phone charms (I predict a chibi Faust in my future!) and character wall art from the game itself.

The Arcana richly deserves five stars. My only complaint, though, is that the price to unlock individual scenes to delve deeper into the story, whether that be for romance or to further the plot, is daunting once one has done the math. The only in-game options to get coins are daily spin or checking in for a tarot reading, and even those are unlikely to yield significant results. Yes, the game is still enjoyable without the added depth, but for those who wish to do more, perhaps a tiered system might be in order? Free but with in-game purchases, then a couple of price points above that unlocking a certain number of scenes per chapter? I’m certainly not wealthy by any stretch. I have to pick and choose my entertainment very carefully each month, but I would happily pay $25 for The Arcana up front to unlock all the scenes, even if I had to wait the allotted time to refill keys and mini games. After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

😜King Skate👑1⃣st ,

I have a few problems...

Though I have major issues with a few things, I love the game much to much to give it anything lower than a perfect grade. I was led to believe that it would not be pay to win, or pay to love as it were, but in order to use most of the romantic options you must spend anywhere between 100 to 200 coins, and there is no free way to earn them other than daily spins of the wheel. This obviously isn't huge and probably isn't even an issue for most people, but I have no disposable income. I'm to disabled to work, but no longer disabled enough to receive a check for it. When I was receiving disability benefits I had insurance and thus could get my medicine, but that improved my condition enough to the point where I no longer qualified for the disability. After I lost the benefits my health deteriorated and now I'm usually bedridden for fear of having a cataplectic attack and concussing myself again. All I do to pass time until my disability matter is resolved is play games and read, and thus I am in need of free games such as this to quite literally stay sane and moderately healthy. If I have nothing to do and become overcome with boredom or any strong emotion or stress I will have narcoleptic and cataplectic episodes and lose consciousness and/or injure myself. I'm not sure if these are issues you can remedy, but these are issues I would like to bring to your attention nonetheless.


Nix Hydra Games
259.8 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
© 2017 Nix Hydra Games, Inc.
In-App Purchases
  1. Coin Pack 1 $1.99
  2. Coin Pack 2 $4.99
  3. Key Refill 1 $0.99


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