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The games are a great way to spend an evening with friends, each taking the role of a suspect and detective for two to three hours of intrigue, suspense and humour. - Derbyshire Life ‘Murder in Mind’

Everybody came in character and we stayed in character all evening – which was scary at times! Would recommend this site to anyone thinking of entertainment with a difference. We are busy looking for another one now as normal boring dinner parties are now off limits in this household. - Joyce and Mike Pitt

Colorado Bones and the Temple of Death


We purchased your Colorado Bones Murder Mystery game and played it with friends on Friday evening. I must say, it was fantastic; everyone really bought into their characters and has since commented on a great party and great evening. - Ian Hollings

“Colorado Bones was a fun variation on the murder mystery!” - Claire and Andy Burns

“Fantastic fun! The riddles made the game more interesting and interactive” - Claire Walker

“Very good story and the riddles made it more interesting than the previous games we’ve played. Well done.” - Ian

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Death of a Highwayman

I just wanted to let you know that after playing Death of a Highwayman, our group cannot stop talking about it! We had loads of fun. I highly recommend this game for anyone. I have attached our picture with all of our costumes. - Debbie Klatt San Antonio, Texas

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Death by Chocolate

We had the party on Saturday and I believe it was a huge success…if I measure it by how loud the ten 14 and 15 year old girls were! I was anxious and not sure how it would play out, but all went well and they all had a great time. - Mary Elrod

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Murder at Mudstuck Festival

'We had the party on Saturday and it was fantastic!!!
The game worked really well and I was Wanda and did not peep!!
I think equally the success was choosing the right people for the game, we have a mad friend who was Whiny Aimhouse and she bought the work did the whole outfit…….. another friend who was Travelsick Trevor was fantastic and we bought a blow up male doll for Muddy which added to the amusement.
Considering the amount of booze we drank, everyone stuck to the game (although you do have to work at keeping everyone on track) and none of us guessed the murderer!! So thanks very much, it was a great night and an excellent game which really works well because of the modern twist!! We created a camp site with pop up tents and served food as we went along!! Bloody good night!!
Kind regards - Jane Rumsay

Murder at Mudstuck Festival was entertaining and great for multiple age groups! The instructions were very helpful which made it very easy to prepare. And we loved all the characters! We will be doing this one again with the teens next month. It was clean enough for teens and we really enjoyed it! - Lisa Kersey Corbin, Kentucky

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Murder at St Drinian’s.

We thought the game was excellent.
Really easy to prepare for, and to run on the night. Everyone felt it was very well organised with each envelope containing the relevant information, the clues were clear and fun to read out, and the conclusion involved a good twist at the end.
Really impressed -will definitely use your site again!
Many thanks - Kate

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Murder at the Panto

Alladin and guests

'What a great night we had with the Murder Mystery!'
We actually 'performed' it for 18 other guests at my works christmas party/meal and it went down a treat.
Nobody guessed who the murderer was- it was most amusing. A good night was had by all.
Thanks for a good night. - Debbie Till

Really enjoyed the game. Just the right mix of everything, we actually performed Aladdin as our Village Panto last year so it was quiet relevant.
We even sang the song!... - Richard Bartlam

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Murder on Treasure Island

The "island" was decorated and we awaited the arrival of our first guests. Everyone had made a good effort to get into the spirit of the game in terms of attire and props and after the obligatory photographs (whilst everyone was not yet full of the other type of spirit!) it wasn't long before everyone was into the game and "yo ho ho-ing" or shouting "avast there me hearties" and similar pirate exclamations; suitable aided and abetted by their props and the background sea shanty music.
As for the game and treasure map and clues... it was great! Easy to follow and understand (even as the evening sailed on) and great fun too! As for the ultimate act - no, not walking the plank, but guessing who dun it - we had the usual collection of differing opinions, all of whom swore they had to be right for their reasons stated, and ultimately 3 smug-looking pirate types who actually reasoned it out and got the right solution. A very enjoyable and well-scripted game with good costume ideas and a theme that is easy to get clothes and props for - thoroughly recommended! - Pete D’Arcy

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The Revenge of the Pharaoh

Scout Troop

Our Scout Troop worked this into the finger printing Merit Badge. We defined three extra characters and gave them new clues to interact with other characters. Loads of fun, the boys REALLY enjoyed it. - Tim Whited

This is a great murder mystery and we all had loads of fun dressing up. I challenge anyone to spot the real sting in the tail. Wow what an ending! - Doug Bancroft

We had a great evening playing this game. The Fez I bought in Cairo came in useful for my costume along with the plastic sphinx (£6 E Bay). The game was well researched and is a must for Egyptomaniacs. I’ve already booked my Nile cruise. - Rob Massey

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Death by Design

having a great evening

We had great evening that was incredibly well organized by our hosts (this was important!). The names for the characters were really good…It was great to have each session numbered and we all loved the letters. Altogether it was really good fun and we liked the twists and turns in the plot making it plausible that anyone could’ve done Matt Finish ‘in’. Our hosts had arrange ‘phone calls and had a ‘body’ on the patio outside as well as fantastic food and wine. BRILLIANT! - Janet Rees

Liven up a dinner party. Treat your guests to a brilliant murder mystery game with ‘Death by Design’ which is based on the ‘death’ of fictional interior designer Matt Finish.” - Ideal Home ‘Entertain in style’

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Death of a Pirate


This was great… all our guest had a lot of fun and the ad-libs were hilarious. Everyone laughed all night. Highly recommended for all. - Kim Nadolny

This was a perfect way to give a party for my 19 year old daughter and her college friends. The planning was so simple and preparing for the party so easy. The guests surprised me by getting more in to their roles that I expected and with the way the game was structured, we had no lulls in the evening. Even the most “Jaded” of her friends commented that it was the best party they had been to even including the ones that did serve alcohol. The clues were great and enough of a challenge to guess the murderer. This was a small group of 11 people. We are going to try the vampire themed murder party at Halloween this year. I highly recommend this particular mystery as the parts are fun and varied. - Kelly Meers

We ran this game as my Hen Night and it was totally awesome!!!!!! A fantastic excuse to dress up in costume and say oohhh aaahhhh mi hearties a lot. I will definitely be giving one of the other games a go in the future. Thank you so much!!! - Vikki

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A St Valentine’s Murder Mystery

a Valentine theme

Had a great time at the speak-easy! I would definitely do it again! I would rate it as excellent 4 stars! Brandy Chaser

The scene was set, a dining room set out with a Valentine theme, 20’s music beating in the background, 10 guests in total dressed in period wear with gangster style props. A great plot, good clues ready to lead or mis-lead the guests to the conclusion. 10 out of 10 we all had a great evening with this murder mystery as the catalyst. - Keith Bart Ender

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Murder in the Snow

Great names for characters and all the better for guests to use the accent for the character. We were on a skiing holiday so our après ski wear did as fancy dress and some inspiration with a feather duster as a microphone got the party off to a good start. It made a great evenings entertainment which started with the first 4 rounds before dinner and the rest during dinner. Everyone had their characters before the holiday which built on the excitement of the holiday and had the first clue early. - Sue Archer

Everyone really enjoyed the mystery and entered in well. Only one person guessed, so the level of difficulty was quite high but the rationale was sound. - Graham Johnston

This is a great game for anyone who loves a real mystery with a logical solution that can be thought out. The dressing up was really easy and lots of fun. - Alan Jenkins

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A Licence to Murder

The spys and associates

Overall a very fun evening. All the guests arrived in character and ready to play. The characters were very creative and the guests really dressed the part and brought great props. . The Bond theme is great. So many ways to get creative with the menu, cocktails, music, pre-party lead-up. Also there are numerous Bond/007 websites for ideas. A fun party theme overall. - Beth

This was so much fun!!! We played with 8 players with only about a week’s notice. We enjoyed the on-line communication with one another. We LOVED the twist at the end… The clues were easy to follow and let everyone enjoy role playing. We can’t wait to play again!! - Christy

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Death of a Vampire

Great fun. I love the “full” Vampire experience! - Mary

We had a blast. Everything you could need is provided and it made for a great Halloween party. I’m trying another story line very soon. - Angela Bowman

We had a great time last year doing the party (as hosts) we are once again doing this party but inviting different people. Everyone had a blast and really got into their characters, even the shy ones that we didn’t think would. Everyone came in costumes, they were so easy to come up with and usually stuff from around the house. Great party and I would highly recommend it to anyone. - Jodi Davis

The party was awesome… I run a haunted house every year, but have not had the time to recreate the spook world this year. This is why I chose Vampireland. I had the property (theme park) and the place was decorated to the hilt. Everyone came in character and played their roles to the max. We want to take this show on the road and perform for other groups. I’ll promote this game! - John Turpin (The Haunted Spirit)

It was one of the best parties I have ever thrown. Everyone was so into their characters, we didn’t want the night to end. I would recommend this mystery to anyone how is looking to throw an exceptional party. Thanks Again - Lynne Kennefick

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Murder in the Wild West

wild west group

Hi. Just to let you know that we played the Wild West Murder party game last week and it was great fun. I always like the dressing up best and this one was quite easy to do and everyone made a big effort. The game flowed well. Most of the people that played with us hadn’t done a murder party before and were well impressed. - Jacqueline Treacher

Just wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic night last Saturday. The party was an outstanding success, a really laugh!!! This was the first time that any of the people had been to one and we found it extremely easy to follow, (in the begging anyway!) before the wine started to flow. - Mark Giannandrea

We played the Wild West and it is by far one of the best games I have played. The costume opportunities were great. I have a picture I will send of the 12. The Bank Manager wore an authentic Bank Tellers uniform from 1870! - Jonathon Rolls, California

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Murder on Paradise Island

Thank you for providing us with a great fun evening. We never stopped laughing. We started at 8pm and didn’t finish until 3am! We will be in touch again for the next game - Gill Holden, Hull

We had a blast at the party and we all thought the names of the characters were so clever” - Christy Lowe

“My daughter and her friends played the murder mystery game last Sunday. THEY LOVED IT” - Simon Meller

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Murder at the Hop

The singing and participation became louder and louder as the evening went on. There were some hysterical one-liners, and we all agreed the games seem to have moved on immensely since we first started playing them about 5 years ago. - Gill Holden

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Death of a Bluesman

Bluesman and guests

A great time was had by all playing Death of a Bluesman.

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Murder by Magic

the players of Murder by magic

The hosts and guests for - Murder by Magic.

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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