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...

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The Arcana

What's New

Version 1.38

Book 15 “The Devil” is here!

Asra loses someone dear to him, Nadia prepares for a final confrontation, and Julian sabotages a sinister plan.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

I have a few problems...

😜King Skate👑1⃣st

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.

Costs way too much to play


Look, this game has a great story, gorgeous art, and all the characters are lovable, but the coin system is absolutely ridiculous. Every bold decision that gets you towards the juicy parts of the story or furthers your relationship with the character you chose cost money that is basically impossible to get without spending your ACTUAL cash unless you want to play one chapter every 3 months. And, to top it off, you’re going to need more than 2,000 coins to even get through one character’s story, which’ll cost you 40 bucks, real life money. On a romance phone game. If you want to EARN those coins through gameplay, good luck; you’ll either have to hope that you get a coin roll every day which usually gives you 5 to 20 coins, or wait more than a year to stack up on tarot card coins. If you don’t get what you want the first wheel spin, don’t worry, just spend 20 coins and risk losing the few you already have if you get a trinket instead of cash, which by the way, you ALSO have to pay for. That’s the only way to get money in this game. So, I’m sorry, taking away the coin system this game is spectacular, especially for basically a dating sim, but I’m gonna have to give it 3 stars.

And as a little kinda unimportant side note, if you’re gonna put extra characters in that AREN’T the six main but still show up every so often, why don’t you just spend a little extra time to draw them, too? It’d make the game more immersive and visual.

wonderful game, surrounded by paywall


I love this game! The story and the art and the interactions are all wonderful, it’s pro-LGBTQ+, the world is so well developed, and I love every character. But the paywall is definitely real. I’m patient, so I’m always willing to trudge through a game slower if it means I don’t need to pay but the amount of time it takes to collect enough coins to pick the good option is long enough for me to start forgetting what was happening anyway. After playing some of the game I’d be happy to lay down some bucks so I could play through the rest of the storyline I’m on right now, but the prices really are quite high. The highest tier you can get, which is 2000 coins for almost $40, is maybe enough to get you through one of the characters’ bonus options (6 books at the time of this review). With that amount of money, I’d expect to be able to get through most of the game! Clearly it seems like we’re intended to wait between books, which makes sense of course, but still. Even with the wheel, the daily 5 coins, and whatever else, I still have to play the story in small fragments, making the flow much less smooth. Fortunately, each choice you pay coins for offers enough good content to make the wait worth it, but even so.
TL;DR It feels bad to have to wait so long to play, but paying for coins doesn’t seem worth it.


Nix Hydra Games
226.9 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
© 2017 Nix Hydra Games, Inc.
In-App Purchases
  1. Coin Pack 1 $1.99
  2. Coin Pack 2 $4.99
  3. Coin Pack 5 $9.99


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