Murder on the Dancefloor


Murder on the Dancefloor is a 1950s murder mystery game for 14 to 20 guests and one or two hosts. Flo’s Diner in small-town USA is set for a dance-off competition – but bad-boy Ricky Johnson has been found murdered! Written by Terence Smith. Recommended for ages 15+.


Murder on the Dancefloor is a murder mystery game for 14 to 20 guests and one or two hosts. It is set in a small-town US diner, in the 1950s. Download the free introductory pdf file.

Murder on the Dancefloor is a thrilling evening of suspicion, double-dealing and murder! 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 Murder on the Dancefloor?

“Everything about the game was great!”
Julie (playtester), United Kingdom

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Weekly Herald

It’s the 1950s, small-town USA: and tonight Flo’s Diner is the place to be. It’s the most popular place in town, and the local hangout for teens and adults alike. Neon lights flash out front, the checkered dancefloor sparkles inside, and the seats are polished to perfection.

Tonight the diner is set to host the town’s annual Dance-off competition. Famous celebrities have arrived at the event to help judge, while many keen locals and newcomers wish to participate. As the sun sets in the sky, the diner fills with people and the night begins. The dancefloor is flashing, milkshakes and burgers are being served constantly, and there’s a great vibe of enthusiasm.

But suddenly a terrifying scream echoes throughout the diner, causing panic! Local bad-boy, Ricky Johnson has been found dead in the male restroom by his best friend, Mikey Reed. Mikey found Ricky on the bathroom floor, with a fatal knife wound to his chest.

With the local police officer already at the diner, everyone is told to remain on the premises. Detective Hudson has ordered all exits and entrances to the building locked until further notice. In an effort to not completely destroy the night, however, Flo has arranged for the Dance-off to carry on as normal.

With the Dance-off only an hour away, and Ricky’s killer unknown, many mysteries hang in the air: so just who did commit Murder on the Dancefloor?

Murder on the Dancefloor 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.

“Lots to do, very clear, very enjoyable! I liked the way everyone has a list of things to achieve.”
Angela (playtester), United Kingdom

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 Weekly Herald.

Cast of characters

  • Diner staff

    • Flo Higgins: Single mother and owner of Flo’s Diner
    • Pat Larvis: Janitor at Flo’s Diner
    • Bernie Reese: The Diner’s chef
    • Jamie Shephard: Worker at Flo’s Diner
    • Clare Simpson: Hardworking waitress at Flo’s Diner


    • Eric Anthony: Reigning champion of the Dance-off with Sally, younger brother of Dallas
    • Bailey Higgins: Flo’s only child
    • Becky Johnson: Younger sister of Ricky Johnson, butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth
    • Sally Larvis: Reigning champion of the Dance-off with Eric, and daughter of Pat
    • Joseph Marks: Local greaser, and enemy of Ricky Johnson
    • Crystal Reed: Local greaser girl
    • Mikey Reed: Ricky’s dashing best friend, and twin brother of Crystal
    • Corey Rogers: Youngest and newest member of Ricky’s gang


    • Dallas Anthony: Local business tycoon
    • Penny Hodge: Local respectable citizen
    • Dr Peter Hodge: Local physician, and protective husband of Penny Hodge
    • Detective Hudson: Local law enforcer


    • Mel Rivers: Famous singer in town to judge the Dance-off
    • Steven Starling: Famous TV personality in town to judge the local Dance-off
    • Percy Wilson: A traveler passing through Flo’s Diner

Murder on the Dancefloor is for 14 to 20 guests:

  • 14 guests (5 male, 6 female, 3 any)
  • 15 guests (5 male, 6 female, 4 any)
  • 16 guests (5 male, 6 female, 5 any)
  • 17 guests (5 male, 6 female, 6 any)
  • 18 guests (5 male, 6 female, 7 any)
  • 19 guests (6 male, 6 female, 7 any)
  • 20 guests (6 male, 6 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

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

“The evening was a huge success: I loved the theme and the whole game!”
Elaine (playtest host), United Kingdom

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Diner Manager, and welcomed to Flo’s Diner.

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 Dancefloor. Who is Bailey Higgins’s father? Who attacked Penny Hodge? Who broke into the diner’s safe, and who is the agent of a gas company? And, of course, who killed Ricky Johnson?

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

Recommended for ages 15+

We recommend Murder on the Dancefloor for those aged 15+, as it includes teen romance, gang fights, and a teen pregnancy.

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)
  • Alex Anthony – local resident, the spouse of Dallas Anthony (Any)
    (by Pam Hoffmann and Jeremy Gustafson)
  • Alice Wyatt – diner waitress (F)
    (by Pam Hoffmann and Jeremy Gustafson)
  • Finley Emerson – traveler visiting town (F)
    (by Pam Hoffmann and Jeremy Gustafson)
  • Rock Carmichael – forest ranger (M)
    (by Pam Hoffmann and Jeremy Gustafson)
  • Sasha Black – local resident, the sibling of Alex Anthony (Any)
    (by Pam Hoffmann and Jeremy Gustafson)

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 Murder on the Dancefloor 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.

6 reviews for Murder on the Dancefloor

  1. Clare Rogers (store manager)

    After years of watching us grown ups have lots of murder mystery fun, my teenage daughter was keen to have a party of her own.
    We chose Murder on the Dance Floor because we loved the 50s theme and it looked best suited to her teen friends.
    It was a fantastic success! Groups of friends from different social circles chatting and plotting away like they’d known each other for years.
    We made sure everyone knew they could dress up as much or little as they wanted and some of the costumes were just fabulous.
    We held it at the local church hall and the use of their kitchen and hatchway meant we could serve a simple menu diner-style. Hot dogs and sundaes were very popular.
    As always with Freeform Games, we loved the adaptability of the game (so could easily deal with three no-shows).
    The teens had an amazing time, they loved the stories, the intrigue and the mystery solving. We often struggled to stop them so we could move on.
    And the Dance Off was an absolute highlight!
    All in all, a huge success. Declared the ‘best party ever’ by my 14-year-old daughter and creating lifelong memories for her and her friends.

  2. Susan Beckstead (store manager)

    I have been doing these parties for almost 10 years now. I have really taken time to craft my style. I have used trial and error to figure out the best way to do the info packs to making the room absolutely amazing. Every game I find cardboard picture frames that match the theme, and then I take pic as everyone arrives. I then send someone to print them during the party. I hand these out at the end as my parting gift. This last party my room was AMAZING.

  3. Joe (playtester) (store manager)

    Exciting, lots to do, perfect!

  4. Phil (playtester) (store manager)

    Very easy to understand, the info was clear: it was a very enjoyable and absorbing evening.

  5. Tracy (playtester) (store manager)

    Very enjoyable, good pace, just the right amount to do.

  6. Kate (playtester) (store manager)

    Well balanced and interesting!

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Q & A

How soon will I get my game? asked on 1 February 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 30 January 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 28 January 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.

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Have you got any games for beginners? asked on 26 January 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 24 January 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.

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