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 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 party, everyone tries to discover the murderer. (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 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 mystery games 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 games? While none contain explicit sex or violence, some are more suitable than others if you have very conservative guests.
Kids - But what about children? Well, there are several ways to include kids in your games, including games that are just for kids.
Warning - please don't expect these parties to run themselves. They don't. When you buy a game, you will receive 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, etc.
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 know if you buy a game, you are buying it from the publishers. Also, 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 1990. They haven't all been murder parties - some have been experimental, and quite a few have been downright awful.
But over the years, I've learned an awful lot about running and hosting murder mystery party games.
And I want to share some of my learning - I don't want you to make the same mistakes I have!
To learn a bit more about me, click here.
Disclosure: I get a commission from sales of the murder mystery games on this site. If you've found this site helpful and want to help support it, please buy through my affiliate links.
Murder on the Istanbul Express - for 7-11 guests
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.
Jul 26, 22 04:55 AM
We have eight people plus a host. How do we know which characters are not necessary? And which characters need to be played? My response: The instructions
Jul 19, 22 04:21 AM
Hi I purchased the auction from you yesterday. It got processed through pay pal but I have not received an email to download the game yet. Is my payment
Jul 01, 22 03:10 AM
Will I receive an actual physical box in the mail with all the supplies for my game? Or do I have to download and print everything? My response: All