Frequently Asked Questions

Here we answer the most frequently asked questions, but please, if your question is not answered, please ask.

What is a murder mystery game?

A murder mystery game is an interactive clue game for between 6 and 100 players.  A host is required to not only manage the event, in most games they participate and play.

A game can be played almost anywhere, at any time.  Games are excellent fun for adults (16+) and do not require additional skills other than common sense and a sense of humour.

Is anything else required to play a game?

The games on this web site include everything required to play the game including instructions, invitations, props and character profiles.  The only additional items you may require will be specific to your game like food if you decide to have a dinner party, costumes if you decide to make it a dress-up game but other than that, everything comes with the game.

The games are sold in a downloadable PDF Format and printable on any home printer.

Games are sold online in our games shop, checkout and downloaded immediately after payment.

Buying A Game

If the game shows a BUY GAME button, the link will take you to a 3rd Party vendor web site to purchase and download the game.

If the game shows a ADD TO CART button, there are two ways of paying for the game.

  1. Method 1: Add to Cart, to pay by Credit Card using SecurePay processing
    Method 2: PayPal Checkout (yellow button) fast pay
  2. Checkout =  We do not require a name and address.
  3. Select PayPal to pay securely online with a credit card or PayPal Account.
  4. After payment, you will be redirected to a page where you can immediately download your game.

* Credit Cards = Visa and MasterCard.  PayPal (with or without account).

“Ripefruit” will appear on bank statements as the payment processor.

After printing the game?

Complete and send out invitations to the guests you wish to invite.  If you decide to make it a dress-up game, then tell your guests.

At the start of the game the host hands out the guest booklets, each describing the characters and clues. Neither the host or the players are required to learn any complicated background or memorise any lines – everything is in the guest booklets.

How long does a game last?

This is a difficult question to answer as it depends on the game.  Everything from the number of players, venue, interruptions and the general speed in which the game is played all influence how long the game takes.

In general, games generally take between 1.5 to 3 hours.

Will I be able to view and print the game?

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Yes, easily. The games have been produced using Adobe Acrobat software, which means it is easy to download and print.  Adobe Acrobat software is world-class software freely available to download and install on your computer in a few short minutes.  You may already have the software installed, in which case all you need do is open the game file and your software will do the rest.

You may download the reader (free) and install it on your computer (Automatic self installation) by clicking on the Acrobat Reader button or the link below. It really is quite easy and self loading.

Are these games suitable for me?

The games are in English suitable for adults 15+.  The games involve adult themes including, drugs and romance ideally suited for open-minded, intelligent people prepared to have a good time.

Do you have games for children?

Please understand, murder mystery games are written for “adults”.  The subject is murder and deceit.

We have seen retailers market games as suitable for children, but the decision at the end of the day is yours.

Our experience shows that children simply do not understand the finer points of a murder mystery game and therefore would not enjoy it as much as adults do.

How many players ?

The best approach is to decide “who” you are going to invite which then tells you “how many” players are required for the game.

Each game has been designed for a specific “number” of characters, although some games allow for extra players.

Best tips ?

Besides “watch your back” (we’re only joking), we invite you to read: Tips for Hosting a Murder Mystery.

Hosting a party is not hard.  It requires a good game, pre-planning and following the instructions.

  1. Decide how many players
  2. Decide when
  3. Buy a game
  4. Follow the included instructions
  5. Send out invites

Item’s you may consider, but are not mandatory

  • Make your guests dress in costume
  • Decorate for the game
  • Some games have small props, consider improving the props
  • Decide on food = snacks, grazing, buffet, sit down dinner
  • Decide on drinks = alcohol, soft drinks, BYO
  • End of Night = cleaning, transport,

Boxed Games

Murder Mystery Game in a box

Our games are not boxed, although some games we recommend from Dinner & Murder Games are available boxed.

Boxed games are real cardboard boxes with the game, invitations and props inside.  Boxed games are more expensive than downloadable games and are posted to the buyer (8-21 days).

Boxed Games from Dinner & Murder Games are shipped by UPS from the United States on the next business day and take 8-21 business days to arrive in Australia.  Cost for shipping is displayed during checkout after the delivery address is entered but conveniently ‘before’ payment details are requested.  Visit Dinner & Murder Games

The difference between downloaded games and boxed games = the box.   Provided you have a good printer, then everything (including invitations and props) can be printed in excellent condition.  You can print multiple times, on thicker paper (invitations) and cardboard (props).

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Who is selling the game?

We sell the game on behalf of the author and owner of the game.  In some cases, the Buy Now link takes you to another web site, connects to a secure web site where you enter your payment details and then download the game.

We ensure each game is sold is secure and credible. Since 1998, hundreds of satisfied happy customers have downloaded our games and enjoyed Murder Mystery nights.

Can you run a murder mystery game / event for me?

We don’t run games, but we do have a comprehensive list of hosts that specialise in running Murder Mystery games.

Other questions

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