Murder on the Istanbul Express is an interactive murder mystery party for 7-11 guests (plus one host) published by Freeform Games.
Note that if you click on the link below and then buy Murder on the Istanbul Express I will earn a small amount of commission
It is 1914, and on the luxurious Istanbul Express, Selda Zaim's dead body has been found. She appears to have been bludgeoned over the head with a cooking pot.
It is now midnight and only a few hours until the Istanbul Express arrives in Paris and the proper authorities can investigate the crime.
But until then, there are many mysteries to unfold…
Murder on the Istanbul Express is an interactive murder mystery game, so all the players receive complete details of their character, including a detailed backstory, objectives that they must try to achieve, and information about other characters.
They also have item cards (that represent things like the cooking pot, letters, and money), and abilities (that let them detect secrets find out information about other people).
In my opinion, once you've played an interactive murder mystery game, you won't want to go back to any other style.
Murder on the Istanbul Express has a number of different plots to keep everyone busy. For example, there is an antiquities burglar, the destruction of some sweaters, a thief on the train, espionage - and of course the murder to solve.
The cast includes:
Marin Aromblast – Bulgarian waiter
Pat Dijon – Police inspector from Paris
Max Fairsonne – Turkish sculptor
Lou Gardet – French conductor
Battista Giovanni – Italian cook
Esra Hoca – Turkish merchant who sells luxurious cashmere
Sava Hodgekiss – Famous chemist from Romania
Sam Lively – American inventor
Hersch Muller – German attorney
Jay Middleton – British professor of archaeology, based in Budapest
Alexe Petrescu – Romanian tourist and museum fanatic
All the characters are of neutral gender
Instead of a formal dinner party, Murder on the Istanbul Express is better suited to a buffet meal or finger food.
Everyone needs to be able to talk quietly with each other - to plot and scheme and achieve their goals.
Murder on the Istanbul Express needs a dedicated host, someone to organise the game.
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.
Murder on the Istanbul Express is available from Freeform Games.
You will be taken to the Freeform Games LLP website - just follow the instructions to purchase Murder on the Istanbul Express.
You will then be emailed the location of the main Murder on the Istanbul Express pdf files and password (to unlock it) almost immediately.
Just download the game, print it out and have a great murder mystery!
For more information about Murder on the Istanbul Express, 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! (I will also earn commission if you buy Murder on the Istanbul Express.)
Murder on the Istanbul Express - for 7-11 guests
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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.
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Step 4 - Once you've had your party - tell me how it went! Click here to tell me your murder mystery party story.
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