Playing our murder mystery games

This explanation is included in all our games, for you to hand out to your guests if the haven't played one of our games before. If you'd like to print it out, you can download a copy here.

"I've hosted other murder mystery events in the past, but having played a "freeform" game, I won't go back. It was so much fun for each person to roleplay a character and have goals/conflicts of their own in addition to solving the murder. It made for a lot more interaction! We loved it!" Emily Hendrickson, United States

If you have never played a Freeform Games murder mystery before, some concepts in the game materials may be unfamiliar to you. Our murder mystery games are different from others – so you may want to review these guidelines before you start.

Our murder mystery games are completely interactive. You decide who to interact with and when. You also decide what you tell them and whether you tell them the truth or not. Of course, the same goes for everyone else playing the game…

Participating in a Freeform Games murder mystery involves pretending to be someone else (your character) in a fictional setting. You will meet and interact with other characters and everyone will be trying to achieve their own goals. We don’t provide a script – the direction you take your character is entirely up to you.

"I've now purchased three of your games. They're so intricate and nothing like what other companies offer. I love that every character (even tertiary) have goals and responsibilities. We're going to do Curse of the Pharaoh this summer and then I'm going to peruse Way out West for our Halloween party. You guys are awesome!" Lee Nelson, United States

Here are some tips to help you enjoy the game:

Playing our games online

Our games can also be played online using video chat, but apart from the specific requirements of whichever system you are using, the rules for playing our games don't really change. See here for details of how to do it.