Welcome to Great Murder Mystery Games!
"Best party ever" is how one guest described a murder mystery party that I'd just hosted. She had played the murderer and evaded detection - until the last moment when her villainy was revealed!
Here you will find all the tips and tricks that I use when hosting murder parties - including links to my favourites.
Murder mystery games are themed parties.
Each guest (and the host too) takes on a role - and somebody has committed a murder.
During the course of the party, everyone tries to find out who the murderer is. (The murderer, meanwhile, tries to avoid detection!)
The games often include other plots, and everyone becomes involved in an evening of scheming, plotting and blackmailing each other.
These games are very different to the "how to host..." boxed games that you can buy in the stores.
Those parties are played in rounds, usually over a meal, and while I have enjoyed them, I've had much more fun (both in hosting and playing) with the fully interactive murder mystery games that I describe here.
I like these interactive games for several reasons:
It's not always easy working out which party you want to try, so I've tried to make it as easy as possible.
The first thing to consider is how many guests you are inviting to your murder mystery party - and then decide on a theme.
Good clean fun - Worried about the content of some of the games? While none of them contain explicit sex or violence, some are more suitable than others if you have very conservative guests.
Kids - "But what about children?" I hear you ask. Well, there are several ways to include kids in your games, including some games that are just for kids.
Warning - please don't expect these parties to run themselves. They don't. What you will receive when you buy a game is the location of a downloadable pdf file, or files.
The files contain all the instructions to run the party - including character backgrounds, invitations, the solution, clues and so on.
These games are only available on the Internet - direct from the publishers. You won't find them in the shops.
By the way, although I discuss the various murder mystery games on this site, please be aware that if you buy a game you are buying it from the publishers. Please remember to read their terms of trade.
I've lost count of the number of different games I've hosted or played, and over that time I've picked up a few hints and tips - both for playing a murder mystery party, and hosting one.
Tips for hosts include:
Tips for guests include:
So who am I and what makes me suited to writing this website?
Well, I've been writing, playing and hosting interactive murder mystery games since about 1990. They aren't all murder parties - some of them have been more experimental, and quite a few of them have been downright awful.
But over the years the quality of the parties has improved, and I've learned an awful lot about running and hosting these kinds of parties.
And I want to share some of my learning - I don't want you to make the same mistakes that I have!
If you want to learn a bit more about me, click here.
Disclosure: I get commission from sales of the murder mystery games on this site. If you've found this site useful and want to help support it, please buy through my affiliate links.
Here's my suggested quick route through the site:
Step 1 - Go to Choosing a Game to choose the game that suits your party best.
Step 2 - Review the Tips for Hosts for helpful advice.
Step 3 - If you want to keep up to date with the latest murder mystery game news, click on my What's New page.
Step 4 - Once you've had your party - tell me how it went! Click here to tell me your murder mystery party story.
Sep 19, 17 12:03 PM
We'll have a group of between 50-60 guests. How long can we anticipate the game taking? My response: I've not actually played St Cakes myself, but I
Aug 15, 17 12:45 PM
I want to host Murder at Sea for my 17th birthday and I wanted to know if it's suitable for teens? Does this murder mystery have references to drugs?
Jul 24, 17 12:44 PM
Am organising a sit down dinner for 24 people - many of your games say that they are better as a buffet. Are any in particular good for a sit down meal?