Choosing a murder mystery 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.

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First – narrow your search

We have a wide range of games, but if you have a specific need you may find them here:

Kids' games: Murder mystery parties suitable for kids aged 8 and up.

Bestselling games: Our most popular murder mystery games.

Murder mystery games for beginners: If you're new to the whole idea of our murder mystery parties, these games are particularly suitable for beginners.

Halloween games: Spooky games for adults and kids.

Christmas games: Festive fun for your friends and family.

Or to choose a game from across our whole range, keep reading!

Second – how many guests are you inviting?

The Night before Christmas

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 murder mystery game that you can fill as much as you can (so 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.

Most of our games need a host, as well as the guests – so where we say 'for 10 guests', that means 11 people in total.

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Jennifer Ellis, United States

Third – who are you inviting?

Will the game be suitable for the age of your players? Or are they a more conservative group? The tables include our view of 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.)

We've explained what the ages mean and our reasons for each game's classification on our recommended ages page.

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KB, California, United States

Fourth – the murder mystery game setting

Then, consider your party's theme and setting. Which will appeal most to your guests – pirates, or wild west? Spies, or superheroes? Hollywood or historical?

Clicking on each game's name will take you to a page which describes the game in more depth. There you'll find a free introductory file you can download and read at your leisure.

What the icons mean

In the tables below, you'll see some icons. This is what they mean:

Includes rules for the use of poison.Includes rules for the use of poison.
Includes rules for combat.Includes rules for combat.
Uses superpowers instead of our usual combat and poison rules.Uses superpowers instead of our usual combat and poison rules.
No combat, no poison.No combat, no poison.
One character will die during the game, and will be replaced with a new character for that guest.One character will die during the game, and will be replaced with a new character for that guest.
The host can either play one of the characters or can just be the host, as they prefer.The host can either play one of the characters or can just be the host, as they prefer.
Written by Peaky Games, and only recommended for people who have hosted one of our murder mystery games before.Written by Peaky Games, and only recommended for people who have hosted one of our murder mystery games before.

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

GameAgeNumber of guests
Death in Venice (film-festival, present-day) No combat, no poison. The host can either play one of the characters or can just be the host, as they prefer.15+5 to 9
Reunion with Death (high-school reunion, present-day) No combat, no poison. The host can either play one of the characters or can just be the host, as they prefer.18+6 to 9
Christmas Reunion with Death (Christmas high-school reunion, present-day) No combat, no poison. The host can either play one of the characters or can just be the host, as they prefer.18+6 to 9
A Will to Murder (family-feuding, 1930s) Includes rules for the use of poison.18+6 to 9
Lei'd to Rest (Hawaiian, present-day) Includes rules for combat.15+6 to 12
Curse of the Pharaoh (archaeological, 1890s) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.18+6 to 19
Murder on the Istanbul Express (luxurious passenger train, 1914) No combat, no poison.12+7 to 11
Death on the Gambia (riverboat, 1939) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.15+8 to 11
A Heroic Death (superhero, futuristic) Uses superpowers instead of our usual combat and poison rules.15+/12+8 to 12
Bludgeoned on Broadway (theatrical, 1940s) No combat, no poison.15+8 to 13
Best of the Wurst (wartime, 1942) No combat, no poison. Written by Peaky Games, and only recommended for people who have hosted one of our murder mystery games before.15+9 to 9

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

GameAgeNumber of guests
Lei'd to Rest (Hawaiian, present-day) Includes rules for combat.15+6 to 12
Murder on the Istanbul Express (luxurious passenger train, 1914) No combat, no poison.12+7 to 11
Death on the Gambia (riverboat, 1939) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.15+8 to 11
A Heroic Death (superhero, futuristic) Uses superpowers instead of our usual combat and poison rules.15+/12+8 to 12
Bludgeoned on Broadway (theatrical, 1940s) No combat, no poison.15+8 to 13
The Day the Music Died (musical, 1960s) No combat, no poison. Written by Peaky Games, and only recommended for people who have hosted one of our murder mystery games before.15+10 to 10
Snow Business (snowbound, present-day) No combat, no poison. One character will die during the game, and will be replaced with a new character for that guest.18+10 to 12
Way out West (Western) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.15+/12+10 to 14
The Karma Club (hippy, 1960s) No combat, no poison.15+10 to 14
Davy Jones' Locker (pirate) Includes rules for combat.15+10 to 15
Happy Birthday R.J. (Texan, 1980s) No combat, no poison. One character will die during the game, and will be replaced with a new character for that guest.18+11 to 15
Lord and Lady Westing's Will (aristocratic, 1930s) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.15+11 to 16
Small Town Folks (midwest, 1960s) No combat, no poison. Written by Peaky Games, and only recommended for people who have hosted one of our murder mystery games before.15+12 to 12
The Food is to Die For (restaurant, present-day) Includes rules for combat.15+12 to 15
Dazzled to Death (glamorous, 1948) Includes rules for the use of poison.15+12 to 15
The Night before Christmas (Christmas, 1948) Includes rules for the use of poison.15+12 to 15
Under the Big Top (circus, 1950s) No combat, no poison.15+12 to 15
Who Shot the Sheriff (Western) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.12+12 to 15
Death on the Rocks (village, 1930s) No combat, no poison.18+12 to 16
A Dead Man's Chest (pirate) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.12+12 to 16
Spellbound (magical, present-day) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.12+13 to 17
Court in the Act (Elizabethan) No combat, no poison.18+13 to 21
The Spy Who Killed Me (spy-infested, 1960s) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.15+14 to 18
Murder on the Dancefloor (diner dance-off, 1950s) Includes rules for combat.15+14 to 20

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

GameAgeNumber of guests
Lei'd to Rest (Hawaiian, present-day) Includes rules for combat.15+6 to 12
Curse of the Pharaoh (archaeological, 1890s) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.18+6 to 19
Way out West (Western) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.15+/12+10 to 14
Davy Jones' Locker (pirate) Includes rules for combat.15+10 to 15
Happy Birthday R.J. (Texan, 1980s) No combat, no poison. One character will die during the game, and will be replaced with a new character for that guest.18+11 to 15
Lord and Lady Westing's Will (aristocratic, 1930s) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.15+11 to 16
The Food is to Die For (restaurant, present-day) Includes rules for combat.15+12 to 15
Dazzled to Death (glamorous, 1948) Includes rules for the use of poison.15+12 to 15
The Night before Christmas (Christmas, 1948) Includes rules for the use of poison.15+12 to 15
Under the Big Top (circus, 1950s) No combat, no poison.15+12 to 15
Who Shot the Sheriff (Western) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.12+12 to 15
Death on the Rocks (village, 1930s) No combat, no poison.18+12 to 16
A Dead Man's Chest (pirate) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.12+12 to 16
Spellbound (magical, present-day) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.12+13 to 17
Court in the Act (Elizabethan) No combat, no poison.18+13 to 21
The Spy Who Killed Me (spy-infested, 1960s) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.15+14 to 18
Murder on the Dancefloor (diner dance-off, 1950s) Includes rules for combat.15+14 to 20
Vanished in Vegas (Las Vegas hotel and casino, present-day) Includes rules for combat.15+15 to 20
Casino Fatale (casino, present-day) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.18+15 to 30
A Speakeasy Murder (gangster and showbusiness, 1920s) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.18+15 to 32
Hollywood Lies (Hollywood, present-day) No combat, no poison.12+16 to 32
Halloween Lies (horror-movie, present-day) No combat, no poison.12+16 to 32
Christmas Lies (Christmas-movie, present-day) No combat, no poison.12+16 to 32
Murder at Sea (seaborne, 1910s) Includes rules for combat.15+17 to 33
Arabian Nights (exotic, fairy-tale) Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for combat.12+18 to 24
The Reality is Murder (tropical, 2000s) Includes rules for combat.18+23 to 30

Note also that most of our murder mystery 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!

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