A Heroic Death


A Heroic Death is a murder mystery game for 8 to 12 guests and a host. The superheroes are trapped in their secret base – so who will save the world from the evil ReptoMan? And their manager has been found dead, so one of them is a killer and traitor… Written by Becky Channon. Recommended for ages 12+ or 15+ (two versions are included).


A Heroic Death is a murder mystery game for 8 to 12 guests and a host. It is set on a secret superhero base, in the near future. Download the free introductory pdf file.

A Heroic Death is a heroic evening of crime-fighting, superpowers and Noble Justice! Your guests will be in the middle of the action, and it will be up to them to wheel and deal to get what they want. Will they achieve their goals, keep their secrets hidden, and survive A Heroic Death?

A Heroic Death is designed for ages 15+, as it includes references to alcohol – but it comes bundled with a special family-friendly version, at no extra charge. So you can play it with any age from 12 upwards!

“As always, we loved A Heroic Death!
Andreah Mathews, United States

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The world is in jeopardy. As usual. And as usual, it’s up to the SuperHeroicJusticeDoomSquad to save the day. The problem is that they all had a big party last night celebrating something exciting that they can’t quite remember; and this morning, their manager Bernard was found dead on the lovely faux-sheepskin rug in their Lounge.

Their secret base, the location of this party, has impenetrable defences (being inside a giant dormant volcano, naturally) and it was locked shut all night – so they have come to the realization that the killer must have been one of the Squad… or possibly their cleaner, Miguel.

The big red ‘World in Danger!’ light is flashing in the control room, so they really need to get out there and defeat the bad guys, but there’s another problem. Bernard was the only one who had the access code to the main computer which controls everything, and it somehow got logged out last night. Now the Heroes can neither speak to the outside world to find out what crisis is going on this time, nor can they turn off the SuperHeroicSuperiorAlarmSystems alarm and leave the base. The outside door (which is controlled by the main computer) is locked shut until the alarm system can be reset, and it has been specially made to withstand anything.

Our heroes need to find a way to get out of the base in time to save the world – and find out which of them is a murderer, and why – before it’s too late!

A Heroic Death 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.

Note that A Heroic Death is a bit more complex than some of our other games. If you’ve not hosted one of our games before, you might want to allocate a bit longer to prepare for it and to read through how it’s going to work.

“So glad we picked this story, we definitely got our money’s worth! Everyone had a blast with A Heroic Death and was impressed with all the plot twists, character backstory and abilities. Can’t wait to host another event!”
Debbie Ma, Canada

Suitable for expert hosts.
Includes rules for the use of poison.
Includes rules for the use of poison.
Uses superpowers instead of our usual combat and poison rules.
Uses superpowers instead of our usual combat and poison rules.

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the CityVille Post.

Cast of characters

The SuperHeroicJusticeDoomSquad Register

  • Captain Amazing! – Charismatic and photogenic, Captain Amazing! founded the SuperHeroicJusticeDoomSquad (along with The Masked Crusader).
  • Doctor Robot-Neck – The squad’s second in command and its brains.
  • Bloody Mary – Bloody Mary likes fighting villains and drinking cocktails, and sometimes mixes them together.
  • WhizzoGirl – WhizzoGirl often acts as the Squad’s spokesperson and media liaison.
  • InvisoGirl – Unusually shy, InvisoGirl is known for her mischievous sense of humour.
  • Shaman – Once a librarian, Shaman is possessed by the spirit of a powerful Native American shaman.
  • Puss-in-Boots – A talking cat that wears clothes and walks on hind legs.
  • S. – The squad’s newest member, S. only joined yesterday and really likes snakes.
  • The Masked Crusader – The squad’s co-founder, The Masked Crusader rejoined the squad a month ago.
  • – Icy blast.
  • The Russian – A mysterious character with a surprisingly French accent.

The Staff Register

  • Miguel – A bespectacled cleaner with a poor grasp of English but a strong work ethic.

A Heroic Death is for 8 to 12 guests:

  • 8 guests (3 male, 3 female, 2 any)
  • 9 guests (3 male, 3 female, 3 any)
  • 10 guests (4 male, 4 female, 2 any)
  • 11 guests (4 male, 4 female, 3 any)
  • 12 guests (4 male, 4 female, 4 any)

You also need a host – someone to organize the party and ensure everything runs smoothly.

How Freeform Games murder mystery  games work

A Heroic Death is unlike other murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, each character has several goals they must try to accomplish. While they may want to solve the murder, A Heroic Death contains plenty of other plots and secrets to keep everyone busy. A Heroic Death isn’t scripted, and lets the players decide how to achieve their goals and thwart their enemies.

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the HOST, and welcomed to the secret base.

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!

Finally, the game concludes and everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.

Recommended for ages 15+  (or 12+ for the kid-friendly version)

We recommend the regular version of A Heroic Death for those aged 15+, as it contains references to alcohol. (This content is not present in the kids’ version.)

Extra characters

Sometimes you have too many guests and need more characters. So most games have free extra characters (written by us or previous hosts) included in the download when you purchase the game.

  • ‘Ginger’ Roberts – freelance reporter in search of the Big Story. (Any)
    (by Freeform Games)
  • Acro-Bat – exchange student from Europe (Any)
    (by Andreah Mathews)
  • Officer Jones – dedicated public servant (Any)
    (by Andreah Mathews)

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

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Cast Iron Guarantee

We offer a Cast Iron Guarantee on all our murder mystery games. If you’re not completely satisfied with A Heroic Death then please let us know within 30 days and we will refund you. See our full terms and conditions, and our refund policy.

Trouble downloading? If you have trouble downloading the game files, please first check your spam folder. If you still can’t find the download email, drop us a line at info@freeformgames.com with the name of the game and the email address you used to purchase it, and we’ll resend it.

5 reviews for A Heroic Death

  1. Molly Stedfast (store manager)

    We just threw out first Murder Mystery Party here as a birthday shindig! We did A Heroic Death and of course did it very spur of the moment, giving our participants only 2 days notice! Add to that that we did the party on a week/work/school night (we are a mixture of your professionals and graduate students at Virginia Tech). But boy, did our friends come through! We had a former D&D Dungeon Master playing our host and everyone came in full costume!!
    We thoroughly enjoyed the game, the party, and the fellowship! We can’t wait to play another sometime soon, just as soon as our hangovers wear off 🙂
    Thanks so much!

  2. Brandon Hicks (store manager)

    A Heroic Death played out beautifully! I had a group that went all out. I had to give a little direction near the beginning, but they got the hang of it quickly. We are excited to try another game next month!

  3. Chris Van Staveren (store manager)

    Hosted the A Heroic Death (Kids) Murder Mystery game last weekend at our chalet north of Toronto Canada. The temperature outside dropped to an incredible minus 30 Celsius, so it was a perfect time to stay inside (except for the Ice Queen). Our family of 4 hosted 2 other families so we had 6 Adults and 6 kids from the age of 9 to 12. The two invited families had never played a murder mystery game, but I knew they all secretly wanted to be superheroes, so A Heroic Death was perfect. I was pleasantly surprised by the effort they put into costumes by the group. We played the game in about 2.5 hours, and spent over an hour debriefing. Everybody loved it and kept talking about the various characters for hours afterwards, and even the majority of the next day. The newbies are all keen to do another game now that they understand how they work – so we will probably do something in the summer.

  4. Noémi Überhardt (store manager)

    Yesterday was a blast! I just wanted to let you guys know that everyone LOVED A Heroic Death. Everyone was new to the world of murder mystery games so maybe I should have picked an easier plot for an all-first-timer-team but it was fantastic nonetheless!! All the characters arrived in wonderful costumes (all home-made and creative) and even though there was some confusion here and there, it was just superb!! Some characters got a little side-tracked and got so engaged in blackmailing and bargaining that at the end of the game they had no clue whatsoever who the killer might have been. :))) I hadn’t laughed this much in a long time, so thank you!!

  5. Chris Laws (store manager)

    Thank you for providing these games! This is the second one I’ve hosted from your site and, as before, everyone had a blast and was wanting to know when the next one would be. I am definitely a repeat customer! I started planning A Heroic Death the moment I heard about it in your email newsletter. The game was VERY well written with some wildly funny superhero cliches (I won’t elaborate in case of spoilers!).

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Q & A

How soon will I get my game? asked on 21 March 2021

You can download your game immediately after making your purchase. We will also send you an email message containing a download link and password so you can download your game later.

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Where's my password? asked on 19 March 2021

Please check your email (including your junk folder). If you're sure you haven't received it, then please get in touch. It helps us if you tell us when you purchased the game and what email address you used.

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How do freeform murder mystery games work? asked on 17 March 2021

Most of our games have an impartial host who organizes the party. Hosts don't solve the murder with everyone else – they have already read the game and instead watch the game unfolding.

Guests use their wits and negotiate, scheme, and plot with other guests to get what they want. Nobody needs to learn complicated backgrounds or memorize lines – character backgrounds are little more than a side or two of paper – which can be kept to hand for reference during the game.

answered on 16 March 2021 store manager
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Have you got any games for beginners? asked on 15 March 2021

Yes! If this is your first time hosting a Freeform Games murder mystery, we suggest choosing one of our more straightforward games. Click here for our 'games for beginners' page.

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Do you have any games suitable for all-male or all-female groups? asked on 13 March 2021

Yes! We have several games where all the characters are ungendered and can be played by anyone. Click here to see our ungendered games.

answered on 12 March 2021 store manager
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