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For an evening of fun with friends, you can’t beat a murder mystery party! Whether you fancy a murder themed dinner or a game night for your birthday or Halloween, these events are perfect for a group of friends as they get everyone involved with lots of acting and accusations (alcohol is optional!)

Brands like Paul Lamond, Cheatwell, and Red Herring Games have brought murder mystery party games into the mainstream; with sites likes Amazon and eBay offering some great options to choose from. If you’re hoping to host an Agatha Christie-style evening of suspicion and suspense at home, you can now buy a murder mystery in a box that comes with scripts, costume suggestions and everything else you could need. Deerstalkers at the ready.
  • Last updated: 25-11-2021
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How to Choose a Murder Mystery Game in the UK – Buying Guide

You could always just pick up the first murder mystery game box you see on the high street, but carefully planning the kind of game you and your friends would most enjoy actually helps you select a perfect murder mystery party you won’t forget for a while.

Choose the Setting of Your Murder Mystery Based On the Era or Location that Appeals to You Most

Choose the Setting of Your Murder Mystery Based On the Era or Location that Appeals to You Most
The setting of your murder mystery will dictate the theme for your whole evening, from costumes and characters to decorations and even food! Murder mystery party boxes are available with all kinds of different themes, from bygone eras to the present day and across all four corners of the globe.
If you love the glamour and nostalgia of Agatha Christie mysteries, you can pick a game set in the 1930s – perhaps in a stately countryside home, bustling London or even a luxury Egyptian hotel. More modern day options are murder mysteries that take place on TV and movie sets, sports events or in Michelin starred kitchens! Simply choose based on the aesthetic you like best.

Scripts or Improv? Choose According to Your Space, Guests’ Willingness to Act and if You’ll Serve Food

Murder mystery party games can either be performed from a fixed script which guests receive on the day, or are improvised according to more broader themes the players are given. Each type of game has its pros and cons but will definitely result in quite a different evening.

Murder Mysteries With a Fixed Script Work Well With a Sit-Down Dinner and Suit Guests Who Love to Perform

Murder Mysteries With a Fixed Script Work Well With a Sit-Down Dinner and Suit Guests Who Love to Perform
Murder Mystery party games with a fixed script are great fun if you enjoy a detailed, complicated murder plot and have friends who know each other or love to show off. This type of party is reliant on all guests being present, so works well for a small group who are all committed to coming.
Scripted mysteries also help everyone follow the plot more easily, allows space for discussion and can be structured around a dinner table with different courses served throughout the game. Murder Mysteries with a script are good for friendship groups who want to really get into character and are keen to actually solve the murder.
Some people do find scripts intimidating – if they are dyslexic or have English as a second language for instance – so keep those guests in mind when buying a scripted game.

Games which Encourage Improvisation Allow a Bit of Movement and Suit Guests of Different Acting Abilities

Games which Encourage Improvisation Allow a Bit of Movement and Suit Guests of Different Acting Abilities
The other type of murder mystery game has a looser plot and guests are asked to share their character’s story in their own words. This takes the spotlight off shy guests or anyone who doesn’t fancy reading out loud, but still allows wannabe actors to put on a show.
These games are free and fun, perfect to play around the house with nibbles and drinks, but the plot of the mystery can get lost (as can guests if you’re letting them roam free with a character card and a glass of wine!)

Some Murder Mysteries Come With a CD or DVD to Guide You – But it May Not be Necessary

Some Murder Mysteries Come With a CD or DVD to Guide You – But it May Not be Necessary
If you like the idea of a CD or DVD to really get you and your guests into the murder mystery spirit, then look out for game boxes that come with these included. This can be good for adding a bit of structure to the evening, keeping excitable guests focused and reminding everyone of the clues and information revealed at each point in the game.
The downside may be that you don’t have anywhere to play the audio or video, or it could be tough to gather up guests if you’ve had people milling about the house during each round. Depending on when and where you play it, this additional content can either add to or detract from the mysterious ambiance, so it’s worth thinking carefully about before you buy.

Menus and Costume Ideas Help With Scene Setting, Those Without offer More Impromptu ‘Whodunnits’

Menus and Costume Ideas Help With Scene Setting, Those Without offer More Impromptu ‘Whodunnits’
Choosing a murder mystery party game with costume and menu suggestions is a big commitment, but so much fun! Guests are given character descriptions and costume ideas while hosts get tips on decor and even advice on what food to serve after each round of the game. Depending on your hosting style and your group of friends this can be fantastic, but of course takes lots of organisation.
On the other hand, there are murder mystery games which can be played a little more off-the-cuff; closer to a board game than a role-playing improvisation session. These games are an excellent choice if your friendship circle is a little less flamboyant and simply prefer to puzzle out who was the murderer without putting on a questionable accent or a silly hat.

Murder Mysteries With Variable Outcomes Can Be Played Again; Games With Fixed Scenarios Can’t

Murder Mysteries With Variable Outcomes Can Be Played Again; Games With Fixed Scenarios Can’t
Another point worth keeping in mind is that some murder mysteries can be played a few times, with the murderer being chosen at random at the start of the game. This is good if you want a bit more mystery for your money, and want to recycle the game with different parts of your social group.
Mysteries which have only one solution tend to be more detailed and will have a fixed script rather than improvisation and although they can only be used once, the benefit is they will usually create a more complex mystery plot which is a bit more fun to mull over and solve.

Check the Age Range the Game is Suited to and Pick Your Murder Mystery According to Who’s Coming

Check the Age Range the Game is Suited to and Pick Your Murder Mystery According to Who’s Coming
One last point to think about is the age range of the guests. Some murder mystery parties contain themes that are best suited to adults over 18, while others are perfect for younger detectives. Check the box to see what kind of theme the murder mystery has and who it’s deemed appropriate for before investing.
For “murder” mystery games, the youngest age recommendation is usually 13 plus, but it’s up to you whether you want to play it with any younger children. Keep in mind that there are other kinds of mystery party games available for kids online.

Top Ten Murder Mystery Games in the UK

Next, it’s time to introduce the best murder mystery box sets you can buy this year. There should be something for everyone, at great value prices too, so take a look and see which game best suits the party you have in mind.

10

Red Herring Games Murder in the Dark

£47.99

SettingA quiet suburb in Beverly Hills
Number of Players10
TypeScripted
CD/DVD IncludedYes
Menu/Costume SuggestionsYes
Re-UsableNo
Age Range17 +
9

Inspector McClueA Cuban Killing

£13.52

Setting1930s Havana, Cuba
Number of Players6 – 8
TypeScripted
CD/DVD IncludedYes
Menu/Costume SuggestionsYes
Re-UsableNo
Age Range13 +
8

BV LeisureMurder in the Thirties

£12.95

Setting1930s living room
Number of Players8
TypeScripted
CD/DVD IncludedYes
Menu/Costume SuggestionsYes
Re-UsableNo
Age Range18 +
7

Murder Mystery Flexi Party Murder at the Disco

£20.00

Setting1977 New York, Disco 54 nightclub
Number of Players6 – 14
TypeImprovised
CD/DVD IncludedNo
Menu/Costume SuggestionsCostumes only
Re-UsableNo
Age Range18 +
6

Cheatwell GamesHost Your Own Murder Mystery – The Porthole Affair

£12.99

Setting1935, the RMS Olympic, bound for New York
Number of Players8
TypeScripted
CD/DVD IncludedYes
Menu/Costume SuggestionsYes
Re-UsableNo
Age Range16 +
5

Culinario Mortale Recipe for Death

£19.95

SettingA restaurant in the Scottish Highlands
Number of Players5 – 7
TypeImprovised
CD/DVD IncludedNo
Menu/Costume SuggestionsNo
Re-UsableNo
Age Range16 +
4

Ace Murder Mystery Parties A Case of Treasure and Treachery

£26.99

Setting1776, Port Royal, Jamaica
Number of Players8 – 10
TypeScripted
CD/DVD IncludedYes
Menu/Costume SuggestionsCostume only
Re-UsableNo
Age Range14 +
3

Unsolved Case FilesBanks, Jamie - Cold Case Murder Mystery

£29.29

Setting1990s/today, East Verona High School
Number of Players1 +
TypeScripted
CD/DVD IncludedNo (internet required)
Menu/Costume SuggestionsNo
Re-UsableNo
Age Range13 +
2

Talking Tables Host Your Own Murder Mystery Night

£30.34

Setting1920s, at the Full House Theatre
Number of PlayersUp to 12
TypeImprovised
CD/DVD IncludedNo
Menu/Costume SuggestionsCostume only
Re-UsableYes – 3 possible outcomes
Age Range13 +
1

Inspector McClueDeath by Chocolate

£12.94

Setting1900, Paris
Number of Players6 -8
TypeScripted
CD/DVD IncludedYes
Menu/Costume SuggestionsYes
Re-UsableNo
Age Range13 +

Compare the Best Murder Mystery Games

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1
Inspector McClue Death by Chocolate 1

Inspector McClue

2
Talking Tables  Host Your Own Murder Mystery Night 1

Talking Tables

3
Unsolved Case Files Banks, Jamie - Cold Case Murder Mystery 1

Unsolved Case Files

4
Ace Murder Mystery Parties  A Case of Treasure and Treachery 1

Ace Murder Mystery Parties

5
Culinario Mortale  Recipe for Death 1

Culinario Mortale

6
Cheatwell Games Host Your Own Murder Mystery – The Porthole Affair 1

Cheatwell Games

7
Murder Mystery Flexi Party  Murder at the Disco 1

Murder Mystery Flexi Party

8
BV Leisure Murder in the Thirties 1

BV Leisure

9
Inspector McClue A Cuban Killing 1

Inspector McClue

10
Red Herring Games  Murder in the Dark 1

Red Herring Games

Name

Death by Chocolate

Host Your Own Murder Mystery Night

Banks, Jamie - Cold Case Murder Mystery

A Case of Treasure and Treachery

Recipe for Death

Host Your Own Murder Mystery – The Porthole Affair

Murder at the Disco

Murder in the Thirties

A Cuban Killing

Murder in the Dark

Features

A Fun-Packed Night of Crime, Clues and Conjecture

Beautiful, Simple and Fun

Who Really Killed Jamie Banks

Detailed Game With a Pirate Twist

If You’ve a Taste for Murder

Murder at Sea

Death on the Dancefloor

Who Shot Sam Shady?

Havana Know Whodunnit!

Sleuthing by Candlelight

Price£12.94£30.34£29.29£26.99£19.95£12.99£20.00£12.95£13.52£47.99
Setting1900, Paris1920s, at the Full House Theatre1990s/today, East Verona High School 1776, Port Royal, JamaicaA restaurant in the Scottish Highlands1935, the RMS Olympic, bound for New York1977 New York, Disco 54 nightclub1930s living room1930s Havana, CubaA quiet suburb in Beverly Hills
Number of Players6 -8Up to 121 +8 – 105 – 786 – 1486 – 810
TypeScriptedImprovisedScriptedScriptedImprovisedScriptedImprovisedScriptedScriptedScripted
CD/DVD IncludedYesNoNo (internet required)YesNoYesNoYesYesYes
Menu/Costume SuggestionsYesCostume onlyNoCostume onlyNoYesCostumes onlyYesYesYes
Re-UsableNoYes – 3 possible outcomesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Age Range13 +13 +13 +14 +16 +16 +18 +18 +13 +17 +
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Do you find that you have nothing to do but watch the same TV shows on a Saturday evening? Well, we have just the remedy to get you out of that rut! We have a selection of fabulously fun and slightly cheeky games for you to play or fight over with your family; take a look.

Summary

And that concludes our guide to buying the most exciting and suspenseful murder mystery game for you and your friends. We hope at least one of our suggestions will inspire you to invite the gang round for some sleuthing and interrogating in the living room!
From laid-back parties to intense feats of acting, from games with scripts to ones where you’re free to improvise, there’s something for everyone on our list. All that’s left to do is don your costume, get into character and prepare for an evening of laughter, lies and tracking down who on Earth dunnit!

Author: Annie Hopkins

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