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Frequently Asked Questions

Author: Murder Mystery  Date: 19 May 2023

What is a murder mystery party?

Engage in thrilling murder mystery games designed for adults and teenagers that go beyond the traditional table setting (except for the dinner edition). These games create an immersive live theatrical experience. If you're looking for an enjoyable and interactive murder mystery party that is simple to organize and oversee on the night, you've come to the perfect place.

In our murder mystery games, one of the attendees becomes the victim of a murder, while another assumes the role of the murderer. Guests form small teams to collect clues and unravel the crime, with the murdered victim also joining a team and playing a crucial role throughout the evening.

How much does a murder mystery game cost?

To find out game costs please click on a game image below.

Our Canadian Murder Mystery Party Games

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Download - Adult murder mystery games





Teenager murder mystery games





Adult and teenager party games (no murder)





Kids' party games (no murder)


Mini Murder Mystery Party F.A.Q. Canada

Click here to view our full F.A.Q.

    • How much do murder mystery games cost? Click the game images above to see the prices.
    • Do we need a host? It's up to you. You purchase a game from us then run it yourself or hire a murder mystery party host.
    • Are you available on...? Click hire a murder mystery host. Contact the party hosts to check their availability.
    • Does everyone get a character? They sure do.
    • What do I get? Our murder mystery games contain between 100 and 300 items to make your party amazing.
    • Can I ask questions? Of course. Click "Contact Us" above.

How does it work?

Our murder mystery party pack contains everything you need to run a fabulous murder mystery party.

  • Once you get your download you have 2 choices:
    • 1)DIY - Your murder mystery game is a do-it-yourself murder party kit so you, a friend or family member can be the killer host. Hosting your party keeps the cost low and is lots of fun.
    • 2)Hire a host - Click hire a murder mystery actor for hosts in your area of Canada. Hosts bring their experience to the night and make your job easier.

Does the murderer know they are the murderer?

No! They play the game just like all the other guests.

Can the "host" play too?

With our Dinner Edition games yes. With the Premium Edition games the host will be a dedicated role and busy helping everyone have fun. So the host doesn't get directly involved in solving the murder.

How many guests?

Download games are for 4 to 8, 2 to 15, 2 to 60, 2 to 120 or 120 to 300 people.

How long does it last?

Most murder mysteries run for 2 to 3 hours. Smaller groups will be closer to 2 hours and larger groups closer to 3 hours.

What is included and what type of games do you have?


What is a Download Game?

    • Download - You receive the high quality materials electronically. You download and print the materials yourself and save money. Nothing is posted to you.

What different types of games do you have?

    • Download - You download and print, nothing is posted to you.
    • Premium Edition - Interactive, super fun group murder mystery party game for 6 to 120 people. Requires a friend or professional host.
    • Dinner Edition - Perfect for a small group of 4 to 8 people over dinner. The host can also play.
    • Virtual Edition - Specially designed to play online over Zoom or Teams etc. Requires a friend or professional host.
    • Mega Edition - Specially designed for very large groups of greater than 120 people. Requires a friend or professional host.
    • Theatrical Edition - A scripted murder mystery that is delivered as a performance in front of a group of any number of people. Requires 10 to 20 volunteers.
    • Time Travel - A non-murder game that takes you to a particular time in history. Requires a friend or professional host.
    • Kid's Edition - A non-murder game for kids. Requires a friend or professional host.

What is the difference between Dinner Edition and Premium Edition Games?

Premium Edition:

Premium Edition games provide an unparalleled level of interactive enjoyment. These games offer a complete night of entertainment and require a host, whether it be a friend or a hired professional, to facilitate the experience. Your guests will work together in teams to unravel the crime, resulting in an abundance of mingling and thrilling sleuthing fun. If you aspire to create an unforgettable night that your friends will cherish forever, the Premium Edition games are the ideal choice.

  • Perfect for:
    • Any event that you want to be amazing
    • Staff, Christmas, work, birthday party
    • Super fun party
    • Conference
    • Fundraiser
    • Team building
    • Hen's night
  • What you get in a Premium Edition murder mystery game (depending on size):
    • Contents sheet
    • 15 to 120 electronic invitations to print or email before the event
    • The Presenter's Handbook
    • The Full Story
    • Extra games
    • Decoration suggestions sheet
    • 15 to 120+ character name badges
    • Evidence that is hidden and found
    • Planning a fantastic party guide book
    • 60 to 120 cryptic clues
    • The full story
    • 2 props to be used - Such as a secret letter
    • Special awards
    • Sleuthing materials
    • 8 to 18 sets of team directions
    • Welcome sign
    • Information about venue set up

Dinner Edition:

Dinner Edition games are exceptionally straightforward to organize and facilitate. These games can be effortlessly managed without the need for a hired host and are perfectly suited for enjoyment around a dinner table.

In a Dinner Edition game, your guests assume the roles of investigators tasked with solving the crime. The characters assigned to them through their badges do not have direct mentions in the story, allowing for ample flexibility in determining the number of participants in the game. This grants you the freedom to accommodate various group sizes and ensure an enjoyable experience for all.

  • Perfect for:
    • Any low key event
    • Dinner party
    • Dinner at a restaurant
    • Backyard party
    • At work while other things are going on
  • What you get in a Dinner Edition murder mystery game:
    • The Presenter's Handbook
    • 8 name badges
    • A Suspect's Sheet for each player
    • 8 round 1 scripts
    • 8 round 2 scripts
    • 8 round 3 scripts
    • The full story

Does each guest get a character and a script?

Yes and no. Instead of burdening a guest with a scripted role, each attendee will be assigned a character at the party, alleviating unnecessary pressure. This approach ensures that last-minute cancellations or additions won't disrupt the organization of your murder mystery party. Our games employ amusing character names and rely on clues rather than scripts. Extensive research indicates that guests greatly prefer this approach. When contemplating how to host a murder, simply instruct your guests to dress up and leave their character assignment for the murder mystery party itself.

Can I make it a surprise party?

We don't recommend it. While you have the freedom to choose any approach you prefer, it's worth noting that individuals often enjoy anticipating and getting excited about events. Based on our experience, murder mysteries tend to be more engaging and enjoyable when participants dress up and embrace the interactive nature of the experience. Therefore, it is beneficial for attendees to be aware in advance that they will be attending a murder mystery party, allowing them to prepare and heighten their excitement for the event.

To ensure a smooth flow of events at a surprise birthday party, it is advisable for the host to arrive after the surprise has taken place. Typically, after the surprise moment, the birthday celebrant spends approximately 45 minutes mingling and conversing with the guests. This can delay the start of the actual party. By having the host arrive around 7:30 PM if the surprise occurs at 7 PM, they can use this time to set up and prepare while the birthday boy/girl completes their greetings. This way, the host avoids a prolonged period of inactivity if they were to arrive before the surprise. Additionally, it is recommended not to surprise your work colleagues at a murder mystery party. Informing them about the planned celebration in advance allows them to anticipate and enjoy the event to a greater extent.

Costumes?

While costumes are not mandatory, they add an element of fun and enhance the overall enjoyment of your guests. Dressing up in costumes or elegant attire can significantly contribute to a more memorable experience. Your guests are welcome to wear any costume of their choice, regardless of the character name badge they receive.

Decorations?

Certainly! While not essential, many individuals enjoy "setting the scene" with decorations. Adding decorative elements can enhance the overall ambiance and make the night even more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Venue?

Due to the interactive and engaging nature of murder mysteries, it is crucial to have a spacious and quiet venue. This provides ample room for your guests to participate in the games and enjoy various entertaining and lighthearted activities.

  • You can hold a murder mystery at home or in a function venue. Try any venue which:
    • Totally private i.e.: not a restaurant with other people.
    • Is really quiet i.e. no bands, piped music or DJ's next door. Your guests need to be able to hear.
    • Has plenty of room to move and mingle. Imagine all your guests standing in a big circle.
    • You need one central area big enough for all your players at one time.

Food?

Yes. Finger food and platters are highly suitable for serving during a murder mystery event. If you prefer to have a complete meal, we urge you to consider playing the game either before or after dinner for the best experience.

All girl's party or Hen's Night?

  • You have great choices:
    • Our "Redneck Bride and the Billionaire" theme is set at a redneck wedding and is perfect.
    • Our "Hollywood Scandal" theme has non gender specific characters that could be boys or girls with names like "The Star" and "The Producer".
    • Our "Wild West" theme involves a wedding and a baby swap and is perfect for a Hen's Night (some guests will be boys but this is really fun!)

Suitable for teenagers?

Yes! Generating entertaining ideas for a large group, particularly a gathering of teenagers, can be challenging. However, interactive games and puzzle-solving activities tend to be popular among most individuals. If you find yourself tasked with entertaining a sizable group of teenagers, a murder mystery game party could be an ideal choice. It serves as an excellent game option for events like sleepovers or birthday parties. To further enhance the experience, guests can dress up in costumes that reflect the era portrayed in the murder mystery game. Playing music from that era and even watching movies from that time period after the mystery is solved can add to the immersive atmosphere. For teenage girls seeking a more glamorous experience, the Hollywood Scandal edition of the murder mystery game is highly recommended. Guests can dress up as their favorite Hollywood stars, walk the red carpet, and thoroughly enjoy portraying their assigned characters during the game. This edition is perfect for slumber parties or simply for having fun with friends.

If you are worried about adult themes, our game pages tell you what is included.

Suitable for children?

To fully engage in a murder mystery game, participants should possess confident reading skills, so we suggest a minimum age of 11 and up. Concerns may arise among parents and other adults regarding the appropriateness of murder mystery games for children under 18. However, our games labelled as "teenage games" are devoid of adult themes, making them suitable for all age groups. Additionally, we offer non-murder children's games as alternatives. While our murder mystery games involve theatrical murders, they do not include any graphic violence or gore. They provide an enjoyable experience for children and teenagers who appreciate interactive games and the thrill of solving puzzles.

Fundraiser?

Absolutely! Many groups use one of our packs and run the fundraising party themselves. They charge $15CAD to $20CAD per person for nibbles and the mystery.

Can some guests just watch?

Yes! Your guests can choose their level of participation but joining in is easy and doesn't require acting.

Delivery?

Your game is a download so it is available immediately.

Cost?

By investing in our games, you can enjoy 2 to 3 hours of entertainment at a significantly lower cost compared to renting a karaoke machine. With prices starting at less than $3CAD per person, our murder mystery games offer excellent value for your money. Simply click on the product game images to view the exact prices.

Refund policy?

After years of dedicated effort, we have diligently crafted these games to be the finest available. Nonetheless, we acknowledge that occasionally a game may not align with your specific requirements. Rest assured, we stand behind the quality of our murder mystery party packs and games. If you find yourself less than fully satisfied, you can easily request a refund within 48 hours of your download, no questions asked. Your utmost satisfaction is our guarantee.

Can I ask questions?

Absolutely! Our friendly staff are waiting to help you. In Canada and internationally you can email us using the contact us link in the menu above.


Our Canadian Murder Mystery Party Games

Click a game to learn more!
↡↡↡

Download - Adult murder mystery games





Teenager murder mystery games





Adult and teenager party games (no murder)





Kids' party games (no murder)


Mini Murder Mystery Party F.A.Q. Canada

Click here to view our full F.A.Q.

    • How much do murder mystery games cost? Click the game images above to see the prices.
    • Do we need a host? It's up to you. You purchase a game from us then run it yourself or hire a murder mystery party host.
    • Are you available on...? Click hire a murder mystery host. Contact the party hosts to check their availability.
    • Does everyone get a character? They sure do.
    • What do I get? Our murder mystery games contain between 100 and 300 items to make your party amazing.
    • Can I ask questions? Of course. Click "Contact Us" above.

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