Murder Mystery Party Games
Exciting parties that will leave your friends begging for more. Download a murder mystery game now!
Are you looking to host your own great murder mystery game, but are uncertain of which one to try? Well, I've described here a number of games by different publishers.
- Games for kids - murder mystery party games suitable for kids
- The Spy Who Killed Me - for 15 to 19 people
- A Dead Man's Chest - for 13 to 17 people
- A Will to Murder - for 7 to 10 people
- All at Sea - for 17 to 34 people
- Arabian Nights - for 18 to 25 people
- The Auction - for 12 to 40 people
- Casino Fatale - for 16 to 31 people
- Davy Jones' Locker - for 11 to 16 people
- Death on the Gambia - for 9 to 12 people
- The Final Curtain - for 7 to 14 people
- Hollywood Lies - for 17 to 33 people
- The Karma Club - for 11 to 15 people.
- Lei'd to Rest - for 7 to 13 people.
- Murder at the Four Deuces - for 10 to 20 people
- !!NEW!! Spellbound - for 14 to 19 people
- All the games - all the murder mystery games...
What is a murder mystery party?
Briefly, these are themed parties. Each of the guests (and the host too) takes on a role for the evening - and one of the guests has committed the 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.
I should point out that these games are slightly 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 interactive murder parties that I describe here.
I like these interactive parties for several reasons:
- They usually cater for more guests (up to 200 in one case!). There's usually more flexibility as well - so it's not so critical to have exactly the right number of guests.
- As well as solve the murder, each guest has other goals and problems to solve. Typically you might have to find the murderer and pay off your gambling debts or find a specific object or deal with your affair... To achieve all these goals you will have to negotiate and wheel and deal with the other guests.
- You are given all your information at the start of the game - so that if you are the murderer then you know how and why you committed murder – and you will have to deflect suspicion away from yourself.
- Unlike the dinner party mysteries, interactive games are not usually played around a table (although there is often food served, it is usually a buffet or finger food). Instead, everyone mingles and talks to one another. It’s up to you to decide who to trust and who to blackmail in order to solve the mystery and achieve your goals.
- The mysteries are completely interactive and while there is a set solution to the murder, how you achieve your other goals is entirely up to you.
Choosing a party
It's not always easy working out which party you want to try, so I've tried to make it as easy as possible. In essence, you want to start with the number of guests you will be having at your 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.
It will take you a couple of hours to prepare the game (print it out, prepare each guests' information, and so on) and I often do that in front of a favourite movie. You also have to prepare your venue, invite guests, arrange refreshments and everything else that a party needs!
Exclusive to the Internet
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.
Hints and Tips
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:
- Adding extra characters - what to do when you have more guests than the party normally caters for
- Casting - options for casting your party so that everyone has a good time
- Creating a memorable atmosphere - simple tips for creating an appropriately mysterious atmosphere
- and many more...
Tips for guests include:
- Solving the murder - the simple three-step process to identifying the murderer
- Taking photographs - tips for taking good photographs
- How to play - suggestions for playing that will ensure you have a good time
- and more - you can even email some of these tips to your guests
Hopefully you should be able to navigate this site pretty easily. If all else fails, you can search the site. Click here to search Great Murder Mystery Games.
So who am I and what makes me suited to writing this website?
Well, I've been writing, playing and hosting interactive 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!
(I've also learned quite a lot about writing these games - but that's for another time perhaps. If you are interested in learning more, please do contact me.)
If you want to learn a bit more about me, click here.
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