Curse of the Pharaoh is an interactive murder mystery party for 6-19 guests (plus one host) published by Freeform Games.
Set at an archaeological dig in Egypt in 1894, one of the diggers has been stabbed to death - just after a previously unknown tomb has been opened. Is it a curse - or is it murder?
Curse of the Pharaoh is an interactive murder mystery game - which means that everybody has a full character with detailed backstory, objectives to achieve during the game and information about other characters.
The game also includes item cards (representing archaeological artefacts and the like) and everyone has ability cards that let the players detect secrets find out information about other people.
In my opinion, interactive murder mystery games are the best - once you've played one you won't want to play any other type of murder mystery.
The players, playing the parts of the archaeology team and their guests must solve the mystery before the Pharaoh's curse strikes again. But they can't wait too long, for dark forces are breathing life into the Pharaoh!
In Curse of the Pharaoh everyone has a complete character with background, who they know and objectives. The game starts after the murder has occurred, with Sir William Saville (an eminent Oxford archaeologist) hosting a party to celebrate the opening of a previously undiscovered Pharaoh's tomb.
But that's not all, for whoever killed the digger is still at large - and there are other problems. Someone is smuggling artefacts and several characters have secrets they need to keep hidden from the others. And then there's the Pharaoh's Curse - there are those who want the evil Pharaoh to return!
Yes, Curse of the Pharaoh includes magic - ideal if you like your murder mysteries with a hint of the fantastic! (Curse of the Pharaoh includes simple rules for working magic.)
Instead of a formal dinner party, Curse of the Pharaoh better suits a buffet meal or finger food. Everyone needs to be able to talk quietly with each other - blackmail is much harder when everyone else can hear you...
The cast of Curse of the Pharaoh includes:
Curse of the Pharaoh needs a dedicated host, someone to organise the game. They play "Oi You" the servant and will read the entire game and will be available to answer questions.
I really enjoy being the host - you know what's going on and can watch your friends scheme and plot and be devious to one another.
Here are some comments about Curse of the Pharaoh from other people who have played it.
"Just to let you know that my daughter played Curse of the Pharaoh with 9 other girls for her 17th birthday party and it was a great hit. We haven't done anything like this before and admittedly it was quite a complex plot for a first attempt! However everyone loved dressing up (especially dressing as men!) and they all had a great time. Thought you'd welcome the feedback! Thanks very much." Liz
"We played Curse of the Pharaoh - with the amount of alcohol in attendance I think Queen Bity managed to destroy most of the human race along with the Pharaoh - she overdid the chanting we believe!!! A few confused of Hertfordshire attendants died and resurrected several times but all in all a good time was had by all!!" Pippa, England
Curse of the Pharaoh is available from Freeform Games.
For more information about Curse of the Pharaoh, click here to download the free introductory pdf file which includes more details - including background, a full cast list, costume guide and invitations.
Disclosure: I am a partner at Freeform Games - feel free to ask me lots of questions!
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.
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?
Jul 17, 17 04:28 PM
Thanks so much for your website. It has lots of information, but so much so that I am a bit overwhelmed! I have a group that I think will be 19 adults