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Downloadable games FAQ's.

“How does it work” and other questions.

Where is my download link?

If you do not receive your download link within 30 minutes, please check your 'Spam/Junk' email folder, as it is possible, (on some email programs) that it has wrongly identified your download link as spam email.

Purchasing your Downloadable Game.

Simply select the game you wish to purchase, by clicking on the “Purchase Downloadable Game” button.
This will take you to the ‘PayPal’ web site where you will be asked to fill in your details and select your method of payment. Once ‘PayPal’ has authorized your payment an email will be sent to you with the link to the page where you may download your purchased game. Should you not receive this email within 30 minutes, please check your ‘Spam email’ folder.

Downloading your game.

Clicking on the link in your email will open a ‘file save’ dialogue, selecting ‘Save’ will download the zip folder to the downloads folder on your hard drive – normally ‘Drive C: Users/your_user_name/downloads’, on windows Vista/7, ‘C:\Documents and Settings\your_user_name\downloads’, on windows xp and ‘Macintosh HD:your_user_name:your_files’, on Mac osx.

The link should look similar to the following, (link edited for security reasons) –
http://www.playmurdermystery.com/xxxxxxx/x.xxx?x=cfc513e31d4e7d392f8cda2718ef21a1
please ensure that you click on the link and do not copy/paste the link into your browsers address bar. Also ensure that you email client is not ‘wrapping’ this link onto another line as this may cause the link not to function correctly. Should you see a list of letters and/or numbers on the following line try widening the view area until you have a complete link.

IMPORTANT: Occasionally the ‘PayPal’ web site may present you with the option – ‘continue’ or ‘Allow’. Should you see this option click on the ‘continue or Allow’ button in order to be directed back to the ‘Thank You” page. Should you not click on this button and ‘end’ the procedure after completing your payment, then do not worry, as we send you an email complete with a link to your download and downloading could not be simpler simply click on the save option and enjoy your game.

Customers not wishing to download the game immediately, simply follow the link contained in the email when you are ready, remember however that this must be done within 30 days of purchase.

How many times can you download the game?

You may download your game up to 10 times within the first 30 days after purchase. Should you need to download it more times than this or after the 30 day period, then simply send us an email, (email address provided on your original ‘order confirmation’ email) complete with you order number, and full details of the game purchased, and we will send you the game via an email attachment – this option is only available for the first 90 days after purchase.

How are the games ‘delivered’? -

The games are delivered to you as a zip folder. This folder is complete with all items required for the game, and can be opened on any computer without the need to purchase additional software to do so.
Inside this folder you will find a number of pdf files -

PDF files – Instructions

Open the pdf file(s) by clicking on the file link/icon. It is advised that you save any files so you have them on your computer.

Once the file is open, click Print from the File Menu.

Problems? If you are unable to view the pdf file, please download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. It’s free and you can get it free from the Adobe site at, Get Acrobat Reader..

Unzipping zipped files on PC’s and Macs -

Macs using OS-X, and Windows XP / vista / windows 7 have a built in unzip program, just click on the folder.
If you are using an older version of these operating systems or do not have / cannot unzip a folder you can use one of the free programs listed below.
Download the program you wish to use and then install it. After that, whenever you encounter a zipped file (a file that ends in “.zip”), just double-click on that file. Your unzip program will automatically open, and you can then choose where you want the unzipped version of that file to be saved on your computer.
That’s it.

For Mac use the free Stuffit Expander available here – Get Stuffit Expander for Mac.

For PC’s, you can use the same program for the pc, available here – Get Stuffit Expander for PC
or the trial version of winzip, available here – Get trial version of Winzip for PC

The Info-ZIP group produces command line Zip/Unzip software for a variety of other platforms, including the Mac, MVS, and various versions of Unix. You may also wish to take a look at their home page at -
Link to Info-Zip site or Alternative link for Info-Zip

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A-Z of Direct Downloads

The year is 1935 and in the steamy jungles of Guatemala a thrilling race is on. Rival archaeologists, California Bones and Art E. Fax, have been getting closer to the hidden location of Chubbychuppa …
For 8, 9 or 10 female players (Age 13+)

The year is 1935 and in the steamy jungles of Guatemala a thrilling race is on. Rival archaeologists, Colorado Bones and Art E. Fax, have been getting closer to the hidden location of Chubbychuppa, the legendary Mayan statue.
For 8, 9 or 10 players (Age 13+)

Set at a fund raising concert by Big Bill’s Blues Band. Big Bill’s Blues Band is led by Big Bill Blues himself, one of the top blues harmonica players alive today.
For 8 to 10 players, (Age 13+)

Set in 18th century England where highwaymen are terrorising travellers across Hampstead Heath.
For 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 players (Age 13+)

The phenomenal rise to the top has been a whirlwind year for the group, coming hot on the heels of Zak Sabbath joining … Join them backstage, where you’re about to witness Zak’s most shocking performance ever…
For 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 or 14 players (Aged 13+)

St Drinian’s School is proud to announce the 150th Annual Awards Evening. The staff and pupils will be joined by parents to celebrate the achievements of the boys and girls.
For 8, 9 or 10 players (Age 18+)

Over the fifteen years that it has been in existence Mudstuck Festival has grown from … Muddy is having an evening of fun and hospitality around the giant campfire.
For 8, 9 or 10 (Age 13+)

The year is 50, AD and the place is Ancient Rome. The last few days have seen the best Roman athletes, chariot racers and gladiators entertain the vast crowds in the Coliseum and Circus Maximus.
For 8 players (Age 13+)

Rudi Cornificato, famous Italian centre forward, has just played his first game since signing for top English football team, Malechester United.
For 8 players (Age 13+)

The latest production to be put on by the Gusset-on-Navel Amateur Dramatic Society is an adult version of the pantomime Aladdin and the final dress rehearsal is about to take place.
For 8 players (Age 18+)

A great day of motorsport is anticipated when the team from the Top Speed television programme will be hosting an attempt to break the world speed record for a production car.
For 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 players (Age 13+)

Professor Morrie R. Tee, the famous criminologist and master of St. Rumpet’s College, Oxbridge is guest of honour at the graduation of the 1000th student to successfully complete the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Detection (BAD).
For 6 players (Age 13+)

The annual convention of the Magic Ring is being held in Magic Mansion where host Lord David Coppertone will perform his most dangerous stunt yet.
For 8 players (Age 13+)

Cupid and Valentino Streep, the owners of the Red Heart Spa and Cupid Streep’s Dating Agency, are holding a gala dinner dance to invite back a number of the couples …
For 8, 9 or 10 players (Age 18+)

Ovs-Wing Air, the main sponsors of Formula One Racing Team, Team Rex, are hosting a post race party at the inaugural Formula One Grand Prix held at the Brangalinder Ring in Dah, the capital city of Dardar-Dardar.
For 8 players (Age 13+)

Ye be invited on an excitin' treasure hunt to be searchin’ for Captain Morgan’s hidden treasure. Jack Parrot, Captain of the Black Diamond, be ownin’ a treasure map which be showin’ the location of the gold, silver and precious jewels.
For 8, 9 or 10 players (Age 13+)

The year is 1935 and once again the Venice Express will be leaving London on a gloriously decadent trip full of luxury and glamour.
For 8, 9 or 10 players (Age 13+)

Killem Hall Hospital is the venue for a party to celebrate the opening of the new ‘Snife’ Wing Sir John Snife is the guest of honour and is treating the guests to his after dinner stories “Under the Sir John’s Snife”.
For 12 or 14 players (Age 18+)

Lord Harbinger of Doom has spent many years as a demon slayer, fighting evil spirits who have crossed into the human world. He recently found an ancient spell in the Book of Evil which …
For 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 players (Aged 13+)

The members of The Tintzel Singers would be delighted if you would join them at a Christmas Concert in The Tintzel Theatre in Tintzeltown.
A Seasonal Murder Mystery for 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 players (Age 13+)

A children’s mystery game without a murder set at Miss Terry’s School of Magic. A great choice for Halloween and Harry Potter fans!
For 8, 9 or 10 players (age 8+)

The phenomena that is ‘Let’s All Dance’ keeps on growing. This immensely popular show draws large audiences every Saturday night. Some suggest that its popularity is partly due to the bickering and increasingly personal comments dished out by judges.
For 8, 9 or 10 players (age 13+)

A lavish New Year’s Eve party is being held in the banqueting hall in Edinburgh Castle to welcome in 1933. The host of the party is Lord Frederick ‘Freddie’ Farquhar, the owner of The Farquhar Motor Company, the famous car manufacturer also known as Farquhar’s Cars.
For 8 to 10 players (age 13+)

Who put chillies in the cherry chocolates? Join the party to mark the launch of the new Cherry Surprise Chocolates at Billie Bonkers’ Chocolate Factory. (Age 8+)
A children’s mystery without a murder for 8, 9 or 10 girls.

Marshall T. Pott is due to join the lavish party being thrown at the Last Chance Saloon, when shots ring out and he falls dead from the balcony. Host your own party to find the answer to ‘who shot the Sheriff’.
For 8 to 14 players.
Large group teen has a central cast of 8 characters.

A joint party is being held at Thornbury’s Chocolates to launch the new range of Symphony Chocolates and also to celebrate the birthday party of Shopin Channill (That’s pronounced Show-pan) who is the daughter of Thornbury’s owner Cocoa Channill. What could possibly go wrong on such a happy night?
For 8 to 12 players and also available as a large group game

A fancy dress party is being held by Horrorwood Studios to celebrate the success of their latest film ‘Hal O’Ween and the Deadly Shrunken Head’. Owner of Horrorwood Studios, Hal O’Ween, has invited many of the actors, actresses and employees involved in the making of the film. Join them for an evening of fright and horror, some of it intentional, some of it not.
(Age 8+)
For 8 to 12 players

A swashbuckling children’s mystery set in the Admiral Longbow Tavern in Port Royal, Jamaica in 1674. A time of pirates, buccaneers, privateers and gentlemen of fortune. Join the party to see Blake Beard auction off his treasure map as he retires from being the scourge of the seven seas. (Age 8+)
For 8, 9 or 10 boys

To celebrate the opening of the scary new theme park, Vampireland in Transylvania, the guests have been chosen by Jack Ular, the owner of Castle Alucard and Vampireland, to take a frightening challenge. Their challenge, if they choose to accept, is to spend a night in one of the rooms in the haunted West Wing of Castle Alucard in Vampireland. (Age 8+)
For 8 to 14 players

Carrie Baggs and her friends are heading for a night out at the opening of Drew Picture’s ‘Well Hung Gallery’. The girls will all be wearing their party best and there are rumors of an impromptu performance by top rap artist Essanem. What could possibly go wrong on such a star studded night.
For 8, 9 or 10 players

There is an exciting climax to the ski jumping competition at this year’s Winter Olympics. The world champion for the past 12 years has been the American ski jumper Watt A. Landing. This year’s event has been turned into a real battle between Watt and a British challenger, Eddie D Ostrich. Eddie burst onto the scene some years ago with his unsuccessful attempts to win a medal. However … (Age 13+)
For 8 to 12 players

A party is being held to celebrate the wedding of top secret agent James Bland and Honor Majesties, secret agent and now Mrs Bland. The party is being held at Miss Funnymunny’s Health Spa and you are invited to attend. The other guests will include many of James Bland’s former adversaries who, in the new spirit of reconciliation and friendship, have been invited to celebrate the big day. (Age 13+)
For 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 players.

The year is 1959 and a great night is in store for all of our guests when Dan Soff hosts the latest round of the National Dancing Competition. The best Rock’n’Roll dancers will be gathering at Bonnyville High School and hoping that they will win through to the National Finals with big money prizes and tickets to fame and fortune. (Age 13+)
For 6 or 8 players

Archie Ollogist, the famous archaeologist and Egyptologist is getting close to his quest, For many years he has believed the the tomb of Rameses II in the Valley of the Kings was a false tomb. Even the supposed mummy of Rameses II, found in the Royal tombs at Deir el-Bahri, only had a small piece of papyrus with the name Rameses II on it … (Age 13+)
For 8 players

A swashbuckling pirate murder mystery set in the Admiral Longbow Tavern in Port Royal, Jamaica in 1674. A time of pirates, buccaneers, privateers and gentlemen of fortune. Join the party to see Blake Beard auction off his treasure map as he retires from being the scourge of the seven seas.
For 8, 9 or 10 players

Carrie Bean, owner of the proposed new all-inclusive resort, “Flip-Flops”, has invited her guests to a house party at The Cliff House Hotel & Restaurant on the beautiful West Indian island of Paradise. (Age 13+)
For 8 players

Matt Finish, the interior designer star of the TV show Changing Homes and Gardens, was to be the guest of honour at a party to celebrate the final days filming of the weekend makeover of Mr and Mrs Tipp’s house by the C.H.A.G. team. He didn’t make it to the party … (Age 13+)
For 10 players

The year is 1929 and Prohibition is at its height. Until last week Chicago was run by four big players. Tommy Gunn, who runs booze and girls, Al Kohol, who runs booze and protection rackets, Spits Feathers, who runs booze and gambling dens through his bakery business cover and, until his murder last week … (Age 13+)
For 6 to 10 players

A party is being held at Effingham Hall, the new home of rock legend, Roland Stone. The party is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the formation of Roland’s group ‘The Falling Rocks’. However tragedy strikes and Roland is electrocuted in his new hot tub. The guests at the party are now all suspects. (Age 13+)
For 8 to 12 players

A fancy dress party is being held by Horrorwood Studios to celebrate the success of their latest film ‘Ghouls just wanna have fun’. Owner of Horrorwood Studios, Hal O’Ween, has invited many of the actors, actresses and employees involved in the making of the film. Join them for an evening of fright and horror, some of it intentional, some of it not.
For 8 to 14 players

To celebrate the opening of the scary new theme park, Vampireland in Transylvania, the guests have been chosen by Jack Ular, the owner of Castle Alucard and Vampireland, to take a frightening challenge. Their challenge, if they choose to accept, is to spend a night in one of the rooms in the haunted West Wing of Castle Alucard in Vampireland.
For 8 to 14 players

The year is 1952 and retired US Admiral, Perry Scope, has invited his family and friends to join him for a house party at his villa in Eastern Sicily.The guests are arriving on the train from Siracusa to Lentini having come from all corners of the globe by air and sea. Perry’s trusty secretary, Miss Elaine Fischent will be organising everybody and everything with her usual ruthless efficiency. What could possibly go wrong? (Age 13+)
For groups of 16 upwards

Join Sue Perr-Nattrell and the cast and crew of top TV show ‘Really Haunted’ as they stage a grand feast in the Great Hall of Spooky Castle. Who knows what apparitions and spectral visitors they might have. Could the night end in tragedy for one of the guests as they try to spend the evening in one of the most haunted rooms in the Castle? (Age 13+)
For 8 to 10 players

The night is 31st October and the cream of the world of witches and wizards are gathering at the studios of WIZ TV in Magic World for the Merlins, the fifty first annual awards of the Academy of magic. The ceremony will be presented as usual by Wizard Oscar Winner, the founder and owner of WIZ TV and the creator of the Merlins. (Age 13+)
For 8 to 14 players