Free murder mystery party game!

That's right, we're giving away one of our terrific murder mystery party games, completely free of charge. Anyone who wants to can download a copy of the game!

The Way out West Free murder mystery game kit will allow you to host a fabulous Wild West party, just like our regular games do. The only difference is that this free version is for 10 guests only, rather than 10–24 like the paid-for version: and that it's completely free of charge!

To get your free copy of Way out West all you need to do is subscribe to our (very) occasional email newsletter. You can subscribe either at the top of this page, or further down.

Way out West

It is the spring of 1884. America's west coast is slowly being populated with small towns full of settlers, coming to prospect for precious metals, set up ranches and run dubious saloons. Now the railway is coming! Cactus Gulch is one such small town. Founded 20 years ago, tonight it has a festive air as the townsfolk get set to start their 20th anniversary celebrations. Plus, the railway is coming! However, all is not running smoothly. Land disputes, disreputable card games, strange folk from out of town and hostile Indians are all adding to a tense atmosphere…

Way out West

Join us in a thrilling evening of scheming, intrigue and skulduggery. You will be in the middle of the action and it will be up to you to wheel and deal with the other guests. Can you achieve your goals, keep your secrets hidden and survive Way out West? It's up to you.

"We played Way out West on New Year's Eve and really enjoyed it a lot. I have flagged your website in my favorites so we can easily access you next year if not before. Thanks for all of your hard work on this game."
Jackie Vick, Minnesota, United States

Way out West lasts for about four hours and is suited to an evening. It is often played over a meal – a finger buffet if possible to allow guests to circulate and talk in private.

"Thanks for a great Way out West party – definitely recommend it to friends!"
Mel Woods, London, United Kingdom

Slick and Able from Way out West

These are the characters in Way out West Free:

  • Blaise Sadler – Aging saloon owner
  • Clem Parham – City slicker, Mid West Rail rep
  • Dan Fairweather – Slow and honest deputy sheriff
  • Doc Faraday – Notorious gambler
  • Elijah Entwhistle – Travelling preacher
  • John Paulson – Town's much-revered judge
  • Lucy Calhoun – Zeke's daughter, young woman, complete tomboy
  • Mel Easton – City slicker, South West Rail rep
  • Runs Like a Deer – Indian squaw
  • Slick O'Hare – Scruffy ranch hand for hire

and these are the extra characters that you can get in the paid-for version of the game:

  • Able Blane – The town's reliable sheriff
  • Christy Martin – Storekeeper from out of town
  • Etta Johnson – Local schoolmarm and newspaper gossip
  • Frederick Lloyd – Wealthy English mining investor
  • Kalamata Kate – Young bar waitress
  • Marco the Mesmerizing – Travelling stage magician with a secret agenda
  • Maxwell Jebediah Adams – Town drunkard and ne'er-do-well
  • Minnie Mae Adams – Former Sunday School teacher with hidden depths
  • Ol' Barr – Reclusive fur trapper and friend to the Indians
  • Robert Barnaby – Shy young legal clerk
  • Ruby Sapphire – Flame-haired singer, notorious beauty
  • Soon Li – Chinese migrant worker, in a heap of trouble
  • Three Feathers – Revered Indian shaman
  • Widder James – Grande Dame of the ladies in Cactus Gulch

How Freeform Games Murder Mysteries Work

As you will find out, Way out West is unlike many murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, most of the characters have more important things to do than to investigate it. And the killing may not be over - it is unlikely that everyone will survive the remainder of the evening!

Unlike most boxed murder mystery games, Way out West lets your guests decide how to achieve their goals and thwart their enemies.

"We received your game, Way Out West, and had our party last weekend. It was a huge success. Everyone went all out on their costumes and the game flowed smoothly. Thanks for your great customer service!"
Lisa and Anthony Perez, Oregon, United States

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Bartender of the Silver Dollar Saloon. They then receive their detailed backgrounds - including dark secrets, objectives and money. When everyone has arrived the celebrating starts, but it is immediately disrupted by a shocking announcement. The real fun then begins as everyone questions, bribes and blackmails each other.

As the evening progresses they may even try to murder one another! Along the way they may solve some of Way out West's mysteries.

  • Where is the map to the recently-discovered silver lode?
  • Who owns the land that the railways are desperate to get hold of?
  • Why are the Indians threatening to go on the warpath?
  • Why is a pack of cards so important?
  • Why is the preacher so sinister?

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