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REVIEW: "The Next of Kin mystery game downloaded very easily and all material was clearly marked. It was very easy to personalize it for my husband's surprise birthday party which was AMAZING. Our guests had so much fun and really got into their characters. I've already had someone ask me "when are we going to do another one?" and our preacher's wife said it was the best birthday party she'd ever been to. Thank you so much for all you did to make my husband's 50th birthday truly an event to remember! Thanks you for following up, it is rare to have a company that cares that much about its customers." Pam K., North Augusta, SC

REVIEW:  Hi Susan!! We had the mystery party last Saturday night and it was AWESOME!!!!!!! It was for my 21st birthday and we had about 20 people come, completely dressed up and in character and it was HILARIOUS!!!! And we got to do the What Happened to Sam Disney scavenger hunt around campus which was really fun :) It was definitely the best birthday I have ever had and I am not exaggerating!! You are a genius!!! Thank you, Hillary Ford, Flower Mound TX

Number of players/participants

Due to the interactive nature of the mysteries, they are best suited for groups of 20 to about 125 guests. Click here for our reason why.

For the team building version of the games, we recommend up to 12 teams of detectives (a minimum 4 to a maximum of 10 per team) plus your team of 6 to 8 suspects (your cast), depending on the script you choose.

Length of mystery

It will be about 1 1/2 to 2 hours long but you can make it shorter by tightening up the sequence of events or longer by allowing more time between the scenes/action.

For the team building version of the game, please allow approximately 2 to 2½ hours or more (the larger your group, the longer it will take). You need a bit more time for the team mystery games because, in addition to solving the mystery, each team will have a project to complete during the course of the mystery (for multi-tasking and problem solving). We also highly recommend adding time for a team assessment discussion at the conclusion of the mystery. We include our nifty team assessment form with all team building versions of the game.

If you're looking for just a one hour mystery, we can't recommend ours. Here's why: You need time to establish who's who among the primary suspects and you need to give them time to set up their motives for murder. You also need time to set up/drop clues and you need time for the audience (detectives) to questions the suspects, follow leads and find clues. You also need time to have the killer confess. It's very difficult to fit this into one hour and leave your group satisfied and happy.  The mystery will be over before they even have time to settle in to how it works and, if you select a team building version, you definitely will NOT have time to do any of the added teamwork elements we've built into it. See timeline below.

Sample Timeline

Hostage in a mystery game - photoHere's a sample timeline (with a dinner*) for your mystery party

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Pre-event prep time

Retirement community murder mystery game in action - photoAnything and everything that can be downloaded is included with this game. You can prep the mystery in an hour or two. You'll need to print programs and other such documents, shop for small items (like a fake knife or other possible murder weapon) and organize the props (clues, etc.) and supplies but it's all very simple to do.

In the mystery games where the suspects will know whodunit, we do recommend however that you give your primary suspects about 2 weeks to get familiar with the mystery and to prepare their character. It takes at least one read through to get everyone (the suspects) straight. We also recommend that you all watch our little murder mystery movie to get a "visual".  (By the way, that's your game designer, Susan Haley, lifting her skirts as Savannah Sugarbaker).   Set a time to get together, perhaps add some food and drink to the "rehearsal", and just TALK through the script. Don't have everyone read it word for word - it won't help anyone really understand what's happening and it's pretty boring. We've always found that if you all talk through the action/sequence as your character, it helps loosen things up, people start finding the humor in their character and they get a better understanding of the whole picture. It's informal and relaxed - two things you need to alleviate some of the actors' nervousness. More helpful hints.

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Holiday Themed Mystery Games

Gangster mystery game photoValentine's Day: The Mafia Murders, Murder at the Midnight Hour

St. Patrick's Day: A Deadly Incentive

Mardi Gras: The Dead Man's Chest

Halloween: Thirst For Blood

Christmas/December Holiday Theme: Diary Of A Burning Woman

New Year's Eve: Murder at the Midnight Hour

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