Arabian Nights

(7 customer reviews)


Arabian Nights is a murder mystery game for 18 to 24  guests and one or two hosts. An enchanted evening of thievery, investigation, betrayal, and magic featuring magic carpets, disguised princes and princesses, magicians and mystics. Written by Lisa Perez. Recommended for ages 12+.


Arabian Nights is a murder mystery game for 18 to 24  guests and one or two hosts. It is set in the magical world of Arabian legend. Download the free introductory pdf file.

Arabian Nights is an enchanted evening of thievery, investigation, betrayal, and magic! 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 Arabian Nights?

“We played Arabian Nights last Saturday to a huge success! It was amazing! I instantly had requests to start planning another. You guys are great!!!”
Kent Nyland, Arizona, United States

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Marketplace Messageboard

Welcome to Ardalan, a small kingdom ruled by a benevolent Sultan. Ardalan has its share of troubles: the city is plagued by thieves and smugglers, including a group known as the Band of Forty Thieves. Try as they might, the Sultan’s guards have never succeeded in capturing the Band’s leader.

However, not everything in Ardalan is corrupt. The Sultan has a beautiful daughter, Princess Almeera, who has just turned eighteen. Earlier this evening, the Sultan chose a husband for her. Dozens of princes attended the feast, but the Sultan noticed one man who was handsomer, cleverer, and richer than any of the others in attendance. So, the Sultan announced his daughter’s engagement to the Prince Ala’ ad-Din.

Tragically, the young prince’s dead body was discovered in the marketplace only an hour later. The Sultan’s guards are surrounding the marketplace, and the Grand Vizier is on his way to oversee the investigations. No-one is leaving the marketplace until the murderer is found.

Arabian Nights 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.

“I directed Arabian Nights last Friday and what a blast! It’s really a fantastic game, probably one of your best 🙂 Thanks for giving it to us, you guys are awesome :)”
Sigrún Geirsdottir, Iceland

Includes rules for the use of poison.
Includes rules for the use of poison.
Includes rules for combat.
Includes rules for combat.

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

Cast of characters

Officials and Dignitaries

  • Abdul-Malik: the Sultan’s Grand Vizier
  • Hayat: Captain of the Sultan’s Guard
  • Numair: a member of the Sultan’s Guard
  • Adi: a member of the Sultan’s Guard
  • Prince Amir Barad: a suitor of the Princess
  • Prince Jabbar Sharifi: a suitor of the Princess
  • Jinan: a doctor


  • Hassan: the caravan leader
  • Jamal: Hassan’s son
  • Kasuni: a caravan guard
  • Inas: a trader
  • Deniz: a trader traveling with Inas

Stall Holders

  • Kalila: a merchant
  • Omar: a jeweler
  • Nadia: Omar’s apprentice


  • Cantara: a fortune teller
  • Rasha: the snake charmer
  • Nihad: an entertainer with a performing monkey
  • Malak: a firewalker

Shoppers and Others in the Marketplace

  • Joharra: the tailor’s apprentice
  • Ara: a young woman shopping in the marketplace
  • Zahrah: a young woman shopping in the marketplace
  • Zane: a messenger
  • Ismat: the crazy beggar

Arabian Nights is for 18 to 24 guests:

  • 18 guests (6 male, 6 female, 6 any)
  • 19 guests (6 male, 7 female, 6 any)
  • 20 guests (7 male, 6 female, 7 any)
  • 21 guests (7 male, 7 female, 7 any)
  • 22 guests (7 male, 8 female, 7 any)
  • 23 guests (8 male, 7 female, 8 any)
  • 24 guests (8 male, 8 female, 8 any)

You also need one or two hosts, to organize the party and ensure everything runs smoothly. (We recommend two hosts, particularly if this is your first Freeform Games murder mystery party.)

How Freeform Games murder mystery games work

Arabian Nights 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, Arabian Nights contains plenty of other plots and secrets to keep everyone busy. Arabian Nights isn’t scripted, and lets the players decide how to achieve their goals and thwart their enemies.

“I loved the theme of Arabian Nights! Really unique.”
A Customer, United States

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Genie, and welcomed to Ardalan’s marketplace.

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 Arabian Nights. Who is the leader of the Band of Forty Thieves? Who stole the magic lamp? Who secretly loves Princess Almeera? And, of course, who murdered Prince Ala’ ad-Din?

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

Recommended for ages 12+

We recommend Arabian Nights for those aged 12+, as it is family-friendly and contains no adult themes.

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.

  • Shaki – a marketplace urchin (Any)
    (by Freeform Games)
  • Sinbad – a famous sailor (M)
    (by Freeform Games)

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

“Thank you for a great site, fantastic games, good service and very quick reply. Keep up the good work.” Ole Martin Brodwall, Norway

Cast Iron Guarantee

We offer a Cast Iron Guarantee on all our murder mystery games. If you’re not completely satisfied with Arabian Nights 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 with the name of the game and the email address you used to purchase it, and we’ll resend it.

7 reviews for Arabian Nights

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

    So well organised and presented. Easy to follow simple,thought out and detailed instructions. Each detail thought through. We had almost double the amount of people so was quite challenging but only received positive feedback and requests for more of the same

  2. Antoine T. (verified owner)

    A more difficult and cut-throat game than others we played from Freeform but which was totally amazing. I would not recommend it as a first experience but it was definitely worth the investment (time, costumes, …) if people are familiar with the format of those games. Our best murder party ever!

  3. Joanna Wallace (store manager)

    Arabian Nights was such a fun game! Can’t wait to try more. Here’s a video of our party.

  4. Joanne Szedlak (store manager)

    Thought Arabian Nights was great! Equally as brilliant as the others (also played A Dead Man’s Chest and Curse of the Pharaoh).

  5. A Customer (store manager)

    Because we live in Dubai, Arabian Nights was a perfect match! We even had a real Sheikh among our guests.
    It was such fun especially the dressing up part. All our friends made a tremendous effort and it was an amazing evening.

  6. Kimberly Flack (store manager)

    Arabian Nights was awesome, and I am so glad we chose it! Fun setting too. All the characters overall seemed more involved with the main plot – which made everyone like it more too.
    Lots of twists and potentials. A little trickier to host because of all the potential plot outcomes, but worth it. Thanks – this was fantastic!

  7. Clare Rogers (store manager)

    Freeform Murder Mysteries have become an established birthday tradition. Arabian Nights is our fourth and totally lived up to expectations. Despite illness striking 3 of our guests down at the last minute – the flexibility of the game enabled us to work round it and have a fabulous time. Our usual mix of established players and newbies worked wonderfully well and much fun was had by all. I continue to be astounded at the quality of writing these games have and can’t wait to choose next year’s birthday murder. Thank you, we LOVE your murder mysteries 🙂 🙂

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Q & A

How soon will I get my game? asked on 27 January 2022

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.

answered on 26 January 2022 store manager
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Where's my password? asked on 25 January 2022

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.

answered on 24 January 2022 store manager
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How do freeform murder mystery games work? asked on 23 January 2022

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 22 January 2022 store manager
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Have you got any games for beginners? asked on 21 January 2022

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.

answered on 20 January 2022 store manager
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Do you have any games suitable for all-male or all-female groups? asked on 19 January 2022

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 18 January 2022 store manager
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