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"We just finished playing Murder on the Istanbul Express, and we had a great time! Definitely plan to do it again. All in all, great experience, and definitely way better than I expected! Thank you for providing us with a great evening! :)"
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Murder on the Istanbul Express – a 1914 murder mystery party game with a luxurious passenger train setting for 7 to 11 guests

Recommended for ages 12+
Costs US$29.99
Written by Mark Jarrell

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Murder on the Istanbul Express is a murder mystery party game for 7 to 11 guests and a host – download the free introductory pdf file.

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Join us in a thrilling evening of luxurious travel, intrigue, and murder. 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 Murder on the Istanbul Express? It's up to you.

Murder on the Istanbul Express

The luxurious Istanbul Express takes three days to travel between Istanbul, Turkey and Paris, France. The train line is lavishly opulent and has a glowing reputation. Tonight, some of Europe's most notable citizens and travelers (and some who are not so notable) are journeying in style through the European countryside.

Two days ago (June 29, 1914), just before the train left Istanbul, newspapers announced that Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, had been assassinated in neighboring Bosnia. Everyone is now on edge – this could be the start of a great war.

A further trouble is the discovery of a dead body in the kitchen car this evening. Selda Zaim, the maid of Turkish merchant Esra Hoca, 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…

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Murder on the Istanbul Express 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.

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the Istanbul Gazette – plus details of how to buy the game.

No combat, no poison. No combat, no poison.

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These are the characters in Murder on the Istanbul Express:

  • Alexe Petrescu – Romanian tourist and museum fanatic
  • Battista Giovanni – Italian cook
  • Esra Hoca – Turkish merchant who sells luxurious cashmere
  • Hersch Muller – German attorney
  • Jay Middleton – British professor of archaeology, based in Budapest
  • Lou Gardet – French conductor
  • Marin Aromblast – Bulgarian waiter
  • Max Fairsonne – Turkish sculptor
  • Pat Dijon – Police inspector from Paris
  • Sam Lively – American inventor
  • Sava Hodgekiss – Famous chemist from Romania
All the characters are of neutral gender, so they can be played by any mix of guests as required.

How Freeform Games Murder Mysteries Work

Murder on the Istanbul Express 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.

Murder on the Istanbul Express is played just like a murder mystery game. You may be trying to solve the murder, but primarily you are (initially at least) concentrating on your own goals and objectives. Unlike most boxed murder mystery games, Murder on the Istanbul Express lets you decide how to achieve your goals and thwart your enemies.

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer and welcomed to the Istanbul Express. They then receive their detailed backgrounds – including dark secrets, objectives and money. The fun then begins as they form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items and maybe even try to murder one another! Along the way they may uncover some of the mysteries of Murder on the Istanbul Express. Who has been stealing historical artifacts? Who is here under a false identity? What happened to the promising new radio technology? And, of course, who killed Selda Zaim? Depending on what the players choose to do, there are several different possible endings, but finally everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.

Extra characters

Sometimes you have too many guests and you need more characters. So we've written a free extra character for each of our games that you can add in, and some of our customers have created their own characters for their parties and are kindly willing to share them.

  • Cato Janssen – Belgian journalist (Any)
    (by Freeform Games)

Please note that we haven't always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.

IMPORTANT – if you've bought the game, you can download the files for these characters from the download page where you got your main game files. Contact us if you need the link and password to get back to that page.

Purchasing Murder on the Istanbul Express

Murder on the Istanbul Express costs US $29.99. You can buy it from anywhere in the world. The price will be converted back into your own currency for you, at today's exchange rate.

IMPORTANT: please be aware that you are buying a game to download from our website, not a boxed game that we will send you in the mail.

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