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What are downloadable murder mystery games?

If you’ve never bought a downloadable murder mystery game on-line before, or never played one (downloadable or otherwise) and want to find out more about it, then don’t worry – you aren’t the first.

We are so confident in the quality of our games - when you buy from us you are guaranteed a a great night in or your money back!

All our downloadable dinner parties are supplied with:

  • Full instructions
    Each game contains information on how to use the downloaded files including details on printing etc, instructions for running the mystery itself, as well as hints and tips from previous customers.

  • A guide for making the most of your theme.
    Including ideas for personalising your game materials, menu choices, home decoration, appropriate music, and additional after dinner games/activities to compliment your murder mystery.

  • Invitations.
    Designed for double sided printing, these invitations come with a colour cover design and all the information your guests need to know.

  • Easy print character booklets.
    We recognise how difficult double sided printing can be for many computer users. All our booklets come designed for single sided printing.
    We can supply the booklets formatted for double sided printing if wished. Just ask.
    Please be aware it takes time to reformat booklets and we need adequate notice, especially in busy periods.

  • Scripted dialogue and solution booklets for an optional inspector.
    This inspector part can be taken by the host, allowing you to invite one additional dinner guest as a character if wished.

  • MP3 Sound files for the optional inspector (dialogue and solution).
    All our 6 - 12 player dinner parties come with an MP3 voice over file as standard. This allows the host to take part as a character and remain totally in the dark themselves as to who the murderer is!

  • Recipe suggestions.
    Sample recipes are provided in the download. The recipes are NOT compulsory! You may wish to cook something different.

Our murder mystery dinner party games can often be adapted for odd numbers of guests or odd ratios of male to female. If you need something specific, then contact us and we’ll see what we can do.

We answer questions all the time from customers who are total novices to hosting murder mysteries and we never think any query is silly. Although we’ll try and cover some of the more frequent questions below, we won’t manage to cover everyones questions, so please drop us an email if you have a question of your own!

What do the content ratings mean?

Our content ratings are based on the ESRB rating scheme. All ratings are based on content NOT suitability, which means TEEN games are CLEAN games, but may contain language that is difficult for some teenagers to comprehend/read.

It is worth noting that all our murder mystery games are rated TEEN or above as murder counts as violence for younger children!

All our content ratings contain not just the rating, but also some explanation as to why the game was rated at that level. This should help you decide which game will suit your group best.

If a game has a MATURE rating it doesn’t necessarily mean it contains explicit language, or sexual references. However the themes will be more gritty. To give you an example:

A game with a character who has had a string of monogamous heterosexual relationships, where all relationships are kept “non-sexual”, will be given a TEEN rating. There may be mild innuendo in the booklet, but when played this could be hammed up, or toned right down depending on the person acting the role.

A game with a character who is homosexual, or who has been polygamous, or who discusses relationships of a sexual nature, or who has taken /dealt in drugs will be rated MATURE.

What happens after I pay – where /how do I get my game?

After paying PayPal should direct you immediately back to our site to a screen which has a flashing red box which says “STOP – DOWNLOAD NOW!”

Below the box is a link to your game. Simply click on that link and your computer should open up a file download box on your screen. When this happens click “save” and specify a folder you can find easily for it to save to, e.g. My Documents.

After download open up the folder you selected and within it should be a zip folder with your game. Unzip the folder and all the game contents are inside.

What is a zipped folder?

Winzip is a file compression software. You can download it for free from many different places on the internet if you do not already have it on your computer. Simply type “winzip for free” into Google and locate copy.

We use Winzip as it is one of the more reliable compression systems. Our game files are large and compressing them is essential to provide a speedy downloadable product.

What happens after I’ve unzipped the folder?

What you see next depends very much on the game you purchased. The small group dinner parties contain approximately 5 MP3 files and 10 print ready files, large group games contain somewhere between 15 and 25 print ready files depending on the game.

Don’t worry! We don’t recommend you print them all off! Instead please try and be sensitive to the environment and only print what you need.

In all our games you will find a file which is labelled “how to use this game”. We would recommend you open that file first which talks you through what you need to do with all the other files in your download pack.

What are the MP3 files mentioned?

In our murder mystery games for small dinner parties we provide a voice over for an inspector who leads you through the mystery game, providing an introduction, case updates, summary and conclusion.

These voice over MP3 files are exactly identical to the character booklet for the inspector which is also provided at no extra charge.

Using the voice over files on the night means you and your guests can all play a suspect. If you would prefer to facilitate the mystery yourself as the inspector then you can use the character booklet provided instead.

All our MP3 files are recorded professionally. When we adapt a game to order we cannot amend these voice over files as we do not have a recording studio in our offices! However we have an arrangement with the people who do our recordings, and if you request an adaptation and still want the voice over part we can negotiate a one-off recording cost for you which will be £25 plus V.A.T. One off recordings take time to create and we usually need at least a month’s notice to create one for you.

What if we want an odd number of guests?

We provide a minor customisation service at no extra cost to yourself. We can amend most dinner party games to accommodate an odd number of attendees (e.g. 7,9,11). Other games (but not all) will adapt to allow a different ratio of male to female e.g. 3:6.

If you suspect you will need a minor customisation then please get in touch before purchase so we can allocate time to do it for you. We need at least 48 hours notice.

In general we can’t adapt a game below the number of suspects on the 6 player version listed on the site. However if you want something different, please ask. We will try our best to help.

At this time we cannot alter the MP3 files when we customise. If you want the inspector part in MP3 then please see the question above.

Can we have the files in a different format?

If you would like some files in MSword rather than PDF to allow you to adjust designs, booklet titles, names or add a picture of your choice then please let us know. We will forward you an MSword copy.

Sometimes it is easier if we adapt the booklets for you, so if you want a customisation to format then please get in touch and we’ll try and help.

All our dinner party game booklets print single sided for ease of use. If you would prefer a double sided copy then we can do this for you – please get in touch.

What do I need to run the game?

That depends on the game purchased.

For our small group dinner party games the minimum requirements are about 90 sheets of paper, a printer and a stapler. Any props and decorative touches are left up to you.

If you want the game materials to look at their best then you might choose to have access to a guillotine, thick card for the booklet covers and a colour printer.

For the large group games you will need props and costumes for the cast. Each game requires different props and some are easier to source than others. If you would like to know the essential props for a specific game then please get in touch and we will forward you the instructions documents which contain the prop lists.

Do I need to provide a meal for the murder mystery games to work?

No. (Now you weren’t expecting a quick answer like that were you!)

Can I exchange a game?

We will exchange a game at no additional cost.

I want to use the murder mystery for a team building event which is best?

The different formats work in very different ways for different groups and styles of event. We would suggest you contact us to discuss your options. We will do our best to find out which format would suit you best and advise accordingly.

If you would like us to call you, then please email us your telephone number giving a good contact time, or try ringing our telephone line. Our telephone lines tend to be busy, so if you get put through to an answering machine, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as we can.

If you have any questions not covered by this page – please don’t hesitate to email us.

You may also want to check out our Frequently asked questions

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