Murder Mystery Games from Freeform Games
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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 guests 67891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132
Way out West (Western)15 12    101112131415161718192021222324        
Casino Fatale (casino, modern-day)18         15161718192021222324252627282930  
Hollywood Lies (Hollywood, modern-day)12          1617181920212223242526272829303132
A Will to Murder (family-feuding, 1930s)186789                       
A Dead Man's Chest (pirate)12      1213141516                
Davy Jones' Locker

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.

"You folks are the best. Great customer service and great writing!"
Benjamin S., Illinois, 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 the the "age certificate" of 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 games for kids 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 guests 678910111213141516171819202122
Curse of the Pharaoh (archaeological, 1890s)18678910111213141516171819   
A Will to Murder (family-feuding, 1930s)186789             
A Heroic Death (superhero, futuristic)15 12  89101112          
Lei'd to Rest (Hawaiian, modern-day)15678910111213141516171819202122
Death on the Gambia (riverboat, 1940s)15  891011           
Bludgeoned on Broadway (theatrical, 1940s)15  8910111213         

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

Number of guests 6789101112131415161718192021222324
Way out West (Western)15 12    101112131415161718192021222324
Curse of the Pharaoh (archaeological, 1890s)18678910111213141516171819     
A Heroic Death (superhero, futuristic)15 12  89101112            
Lei'd to Rest (Hawaiian, modern-day)15678910111213141516171819202122  
A Dead Man's Chest (pirate)12      1213141516        
The Night before Christmas (Christmas, 1950s)15      12131415         
Dazzled to Death (glamorous, 1950s)15      12131415         
Death on the Gambia (riverboat, 1940s)15  891011             
Lord and Lady Westing's Will (aristocratic, 1930s)15     111213141516        
The Spy Who Killed Me (spy-infested, 1960s)15        1415161718      
Snow Business (snowbound, modern-day)18    101112            
Davy Jones' Locker (pirate)15    101112131415         
Bludgeoned on Broadway (theatrical, 1940s)15  8910111213           
Happy Birthday R.J. (Texan, 1980s)18     1112131415         
Under the Big Top (circus, 1950s)15      12131415         
Spellbound (magical, modern-day)12       1314151617       
The Karma Club (hippy, 1960s)15    1011121314          
Court in the Act (Elizabethan)18       131415161718192021   
Who Shot the Sheriff (Western)12      12131415         
Murder on the Dancefloor (diner dance-off, 1950s)15        14151617181920    
Death on the Rocks (village, 1930s)18      1213141516        

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

Number of guests 6789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233
Way out West (Western)15 12    101112131415161718192021222324         
Casino Fatale (casino, modern-day)18         15161718192021222324252627282930   
Hollywood Lies (Hollywood, modern-day)12          1617181920212223242526272829303132 
Curse of the Pharaoh (archaeological, 1890s)18678910111213141516171819              
A Speakeasy Murder (gangster and showbusiness, 1920s)18         151617181920212223242526272829303132 
Lei'd to Rest (Hawaiian, modern-day)15678910111213141516171819202122           
A Dead Man's Chest (pirate)12      1213141516                 
The Night before Christmas (Christmas, 1950s)15      12131415                  
Dazzled to Death (glamorous, 1950s)15      12131415                  
Murder at Sea (seaborne, 1910s)15           1718192021222324252627282930313233
Lord and Lady Westing's Will (aristocratic, 1930s)15     111213141516                 
The Spy Who Killed Me (spy-infested, 1960s)15        1415161718               
Davy Jones' Locker (pirate)15    101112131415                  
Happy Birthday R.J. (Texan, 1980s)18     1112131415                  
Under the Big Top (circus, 1950s)15      12131415                  
Spellbound (magical, modern-day)12       1314151617                
Court in the Act (Elizabethan)18       131415161718192021            
Who Shot the Sheriff (Western)12      12131415                  
Arabian Nights (exotic, fairy-tale)12            18192021222324         
Murder on the Dancefloor (diner dance-off, 1950s)15        14151617181920             
Death on the Rocks (village, 1930s)18      1213141516                 
Halloween Lies (horror-movie, modern-day)12          1617181920212223242526272829303132 

Note: where a number is in italics, 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!

Please do let us know how we can improve this page to make it more helpful! We want to hear your ideas about how we can make the process of choosing a game better for you. Please do send us your thoughts via this form.