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Choosing a game

So you want to have a murder mystery party game? That's great, we have lots of different ones! This page is here to help you find out which is going to be best for you.

"I just want to say thank you for your fantastic games! We've played at least 6 of them, and every single one has been great fun. We have played a lot of murder mystery games over the past 5 years, and yours are absolutely the best."
Mary Lantz, USA

Our most popular games – take a look at these first!

Number of guestsAge67891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132
Reunion with Death (high-school reunion, present-day H)18+6789                       
Way out West (Western)15+/12+    101112131415161718192021222324        
A Will to Murder (family-feuding, 1930s)18+6789                       
Casino Fatale (casino, present-day)18+         15161718192021222324252627282930  
Hollywood Lies (Hollywood, present-day)12+          1617181920212223242526272829303132
A Dead Man's Chest (pirate)12+      1213141516                
Note: where a number is not in bold, that means you need the Expanded version of the game. Where a game is marked with an 'H', that means that the host can either play one of the characters or can just be the host, as they prefer.
Casino Fatale Expanded – Felicity and Alex

First of all, how many guests are you expecting to have? Some of our games are for large groups of players, others are for smaller numbers, and others cover a wide range. You can use these tables below to see which of the games might be suitable for your particular playing group. We recommend choosing a game that you can fill as much as you can (ie. if you have 12 players, choose a game for 10-12 rather than one for 12-16). That's because our games are generally a bit better when they're fuller. It's not crucial, though – they still work perfectly OK when a few places are empty. And remember that all of our games need a host, as well as the guests – so where we say 'for 10 guests', that means 11 people in total.

"Your games are the absolute best! I tried half a dozen other murder mystery companies before I found yours and I will never go back. Your games are so much more fun to play, with opposing agendas, secret abilities, and weapons. I have several guests who have come to every murder mystery party I've ever hosted and they are all in love with your games as well. I had read on your website's comments that your customer service was great also. I didn't realize how amazing it really is. Responding to a customer's emails within a day is almost unheard of for companies so thank you soooo much! You guys are the best!"
Jennifer Ellis, United States

Next, you'll want to consider if the game is going to be suitable for the age group of your players, or if they're perhaps a more conservative group. We've shown in the tables what we consider to consider to be the minimum age for each game: 18, 15 or 12. (In the cases where there are two ages shown, that's because we include two alternative versions of the game in your purchase, one of which is more family-friendly.) You can check what the ages mean, and more details about each game's suitability, on our recommended ages page.

"I think you folks have put together a fantastic product. Gives opportunity for imagination, using and honing a wide variety of skills."
KB, California, United States

Then, you'll consider the theme/setting of the game you want. Which is going to be more appealing to your guests – pirates, or Western? Spies, or superheroes? Each game, if you click on its name in the table, has a page describing its content and style in more depth. And there you'll also find a free introductory pack about the game that you can download and read at your leisure.

New to murder mystery games

If you're new to the whole idea, we've identified some of our games which are particularly suitable for beginners. Take a look at them here.

Smaller games (for when you have fewer than 10 guests)

Number of guestsAge567891011+
Reunion with Death (high-school reunion, present-day H)18+ 6789  
Death in Venice (film-festival, present-day H)15+56789  
A Will to Murder (family-feuding, 1930s)18+ 6789  
Lei'd to Rest (Hawaiian, present-day)15+ 67891011+
Curse of the Pharaoh (archaeological, 1890s)18+ 67891011+
A Heroic Death (superhero, futuristic)15+/12+   891011+
Bludgeoned on Broadway (theatrical, 1940s)15+   891011+
Death on the Gambia (riverboat, 1940s)15+   891011+
Best of the Wurst (wartime, 1942 P)15+    9  
Note: where a number is not in bold, that means you need the Expanded version of the game. Where a game is marked with an 'H', that means that the host can either play one of the characters or can just be the host, as they prefer. Games marked with a 'P' are by Peaky Games, and are recommended for people who have hosted one of our murder mystery games before.

Mid-sized games (for when you have 10 to 14 guests)

Number of guestsAge9–101112131415+
Way out West (Western)15+/12+ 101112131415+
Lei'd to Rest (Hawaiian, present-day)15+9–101112131415+
Curse of the Pharaoh (archaeological, 1890s)18+9–101112131415+
Spellbound (magical, present-day)12+    131415+
Dazzled to Death (glamorous, 1950s)15+   12131415+
Death on the Rocks (village, 1930s)18+   12131415+
A Dead Man's Chest (pirate)12+   12131415+
The Night before Christmas (Christmas, 1950s)15+   12131415+
Lord and Lady Westing's Will (aristocratic, 1930s)15+  1112131415+
Davy Jones' Locker (pirate)15+ 101112131415+
Snow Business (snowbound, present-day)18+ 101112   
The Spy Who Killed Me (spy-infested, 1960s)15+     1415+
The Karma Club (hippy, 1960s)15+ 1011121314 
Murder on the Dancefloor (diner dance-off, 1950s)15+     1415+
Under the Big Top (circus, 1950s)15+   12131415+
Who Shot the Sheriff (Western)12+   12131415+
Happy Birthday R.J. (Texan, 1980s)18+  1112131415+
Court in the Act (Elizabethan)18+    131415+
The Day the Music Died (musical, 1960s P)15+ 10     
Small Town Folks (midwest, 1960s P)15+   12   
Note: where a number is not in bold, that means you need the Expanded version of the game. Games marked with a 'P' are by Peaky Games, and are recommended for people who have hosted one of our murder mystery games before.

Larger games (for when you have more than 14 guests)

Number of guestsAge14–15161718192021222324252627282930313233
Way out West (Western)15+/12+14–15161718192021222324         
A Speakeasy Murder (gangster and showbusiness, 1920s)18+ 151617181920212223242526272829303132 
Casino Fatale (casino, present-day)18+ 15161718192021222324252627282930   
Lei'd to Rest (Hawaiian, present-day)15+14–1516171819202122           
Curse of the Pharaoh (archaeological, 1890s)18+14–1516171819              
Hollywood Lies (Hollywood, present-day)12+  1617181920212223242526272829303132 
Spellbound (magical, present-day)12+14–151617                
Dazzled to Death (glamorous, 1950s)15+14–15                  
Death on the Rocks (village, 1930s)18+14–1516                 
A Dead Man's Chest (pirate)12+14–1516                 
The Night before Christmas (Christmas, 1950s)15+14–15                  
Lord and Lady Westing's Will (aristocratic, 1930s)15+14–1516                 
Davy Jones' Locker (pirate)15+14–15                  
Murder at Sea (seaborne, 1910s)15+   1718192021222324252627282930313233
The Spy Who Killed Me (spy-infested, 1960s)15+14–15161718               
Halloween Lies (horror-movie, present-day)12+  1617181920212223242526272829303132 
Murder on the Dancefloor (diner dance-off, 1950s)15+14–151617181920             
Under the Big Top (circus, 1950s)15+14–15                  
Who Shot the Sheriff (Western)12+14–15                  
Happy Birthday R.J. (Texan, 1980s)18+14–15                  
Arabian Nights (exotic, fairy-tale)12+    18192021222324         
The Reality is Murder (tropical, 2000s)18+         2324252627282930   
Court in the Act (Elizabethan)18+14–15161718192021            
Christmas Lies (Christmas-movie, present-day)12+  1617181920212223242526272829303132 
Note: where a number is not in bold, that means you need the Expanded version of the game.

Note also that most of our games have at least one free extra character who can be added in if you have extra guests turn up at short notice. But we recommend that you start off by choosing a game of the right size, not by buying one that's smaller and planning to fill it out with free extra characters – because while they're fine for use in an emergency, they aren't as well integrated into the game as the "real" characters are!

"You folks are the best. Great customer service and great writing!"
Benjamin S., Illinois, United States

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