Whodunit? Mystery Detective Game

Mystery Detective Game Group Date!

Are you ready for an evening of investigative crime, clues, and good old-fashioned detective work? Gather your stealthiest sleuths for this unforgettable night of criminal-catching and crime-solving fun! This mystery detective game has a unique spin to it making it unlike any other murder mystery game you have ever played! You and your guests will race to figure out which suspect committed the crime, where the crime happened and what the weapon was. And to make your game hosting easy as can be, we have a fully loaded (and newly updated!) game kit that includes everything you need to host a killer party and help your guests solve the crime and determine whodunit

Whodunit Mystery Detective Game #diymurdermystery

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. To learn more about ’em, click here.

Murder mystery activities are always a hit for a fun group date night. Our Red Carpet Revenge Murder Mystery has gotten RAVE reviews already. Now, we have created a whole new spin on an evening of character-accusing and crime-solving. Unlike a traditional murder mystery game, THIS game can be played over and over with the solution constantly changing.

Mystery Detective Game Envelopes

Here is the basic idea of the game:

If you have ever played the board game Clue, then this will be a great reference for understanding how to play our version! Our mystery detective game is based on this classic board game but uses real people. Rather than moving a game piece from room to room to make guesses about the solution, our detectives will physically move from room to room and interrogate the suspects themselves! 

Suspects for Murder Mystery Date Night Game

Six suspects will be stationed at various designated areas of the house. Each suspect will receive clues containing what didn’t happen at the crime scene. Detectives will race to find a suspect and make an educated guess as to WHO did it, WHERE it occurred and WHAT the weapon was. For example, “Was it Dr. Newbody in the dining room with the poison?” The suspects reveal clues to help the detective narrow down the options. Eventually, after a process of elimination, a good detective can narrow down the solution and solve the mystery!

Detectives in Murder Mystery Party Game

Fun, right? And that was just a sneak peek!

Mystery Detective Game Invite

What I LOVE about this game:

  1. It is for ALL ages! –– I have personally hosted this game on three different occasions: once with a group of about a hundred kids with ages ranging from 8 to 12, once with a group of middle schoolers and once with a group of my adult, married friends. Each group had a blast!
  2. It is clean. – While the theme is murder, the basis of the game is clean. If you have ever done a murder mystery game with characters before, they can often be filled with affairs, dark secrets, drug abuse and other non-family friendly things. This game doesn’t have any of that. The character descriptions are classic characters (such as a professor, doctor, and chef) and there are no dirty secrets revealed – only what you create!
  3. It can be played with an unlimited number of guests. – This game works from groups of 8 people and could technically have hundreds! You could play this with youth groups, at a family reunion, birthday parties and, of course, for a date night! There is no limit to how many detectives can be solving the crime. In fact, the more, the better!
  4. Even your shy friends will enjoy this! – In a typical murder mystery game, each guest has an assigned character. Games like this usually cater towards dramatic extroverts, but what about couples where one is very comfortable and the other not so much? Not a problem! This game has six suspect characters that are perfect for those dramatic friends and the rest are all detectives solving the crime. No major characterization needed and no being placed on the spot or accused.
  5. The game can be played over and over again! – Unlike typical murder mystery games (including our own Murder Mystery Group Date) where there is an established solution to the crime, the solution to this murderous plot changes EVERY time! You can play this game over and over (even on the same night if you want!) and the result will be different every. single. time! You can get multiple uses from the purchase of this game. Isn’t that amazing?

Top Secret Documents for Murder Mystery Group Game

Our Mystery Detective Game Pack has everything, and I mean EVERYTHING that you need to host and play your very own mystery detective game. Detectives will race to figure out: WHOdunit? WHERE the crime occurred, and WHAT the weapon was. We have made it oh-so-easy for you with the amazing printables designed Brielle at Breezy & CoAll you have to do is purchase the printables {waaaaay cheaper than buying a murder mystery from the store!}, print, invite your friends and play!

Here are all of the amazing resources available in this kit: 

  • Host’s Guide – to make party planning a breeze.
  • Invitationsincludes both a paper and a digital version!
  • Name Tags – to identify each unique character.
  • Character Role Cards – give your guests a character background.
  • Suspect, Location and Weapon Cards to determine the crime committed.
  • Room Labels – for the designated suspect areas.
  • Detective Clue Sheetsto assist the detectives in solving the crime.
  • Character Introduction Cards – for introductions at the party.
  • Host Check List – to keep track of your party preparations.
  • Guest List – to organize your guests and assign characters.
  • Top Secret Envelope Labels – where the suspect’s clues will be revealed.

HOST GUIDE

The Host Guide is to ensure that you aren’t left having to solve the mystery of how this game is put together! You will be guided every step of the way, preparing and executing a party that is to die for! The guide includes helpful suggestions on assigning characters, detailed instructions for preparing the game materials, and thorough descriptions of how to play the game. 

Mystery Detective Game Guest List

We even have included organization materials such as a game prep checklist and a guest/character organizer! 

INVITATIONS

For this mystery detective game, you will need at least 8 people to play, but the more the better! You can invite your friends with our classified file-style invitations. The invitations have “Top Secret” information to share with your guests explaining their assigned character and a request for them to come dressed for their role.

Mystery Detective Game Top Secret Invitations

We even have two options for you to choose from: a traditional paper printout option in the shape of a file folder, and a digital file version that you can email or text to your guests.

GAME PRINTABLES

Just like a good detective, you will want to carefully lay out all the pieces to your game and plan for every detail. Luckily we have done all the work for you and putting your game together is so easy! As easy and print and go! 

Mystery Detective Game Incident Cards

The game pack includes all of the game printables necessary to play this mystery detective game.  The materials include room labels, suspect/location/weapon cards, envelope labels, name tags, character introduction cards, detective clue sheets and more!

Whodunit Detective Pad

It is time to get this game afoot! Start sleuthing now and purchase this pack for your next fun event! You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to know that this is a great deal! Normal murder mystery games can cost at least $40+ dollars and you can get this specialty mystery detective game for only…

$14.97!!!

Add To Cart

 

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

If you loved this, you HAVE to try our NEW Murder Mystery Kit!

Murder Mystery Party Kit

This 80 Page Murder Mystery Party Kit includes:

  • Hosting Ideas & Suggestions to make party planning a breeze.
  • Invitations personalized for each character with costume ideas!
  • Character Biographies to set the stage and story.
  • Name Tags to identify each unique character.
  • Table Cards & Food Tents to use if playing over dinner.
  • Task Cards for the characters to complete during each round.
  • Evidence Pieces to add intrigue and suspense!
  • Voting Ballots and Awards to vote for your favorite characters & suspects.
  • and much MORE!

Click here for ALL the deets!

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

About the Author: Sarina

I met my Prince Charming when I was 15 years old and 12 years later we created our own happily ever after. Together we enjoy traveling the world, and, of course, going on creative dates! I am a former theatre teacher who now stays at home with a handsome baby boy. I love dancing, photography & chocolate!

We Love Your Comments

We LOVE hearing from our readers! Thanks for leaving us some love!
P.S. If you want a picture to show up next to your comments, get set up with a gravatar!

Recent Comments

40 Responses to Whodunit? Mystery Detective Game

  1. This looks like tons of fun. My question has to do with purity. Every murder mystery game I have seen has someone sleeping with someone – and that kind of thing. From what I can see, this one isn’t like that. Is there anything at all that would make this inappropriate for Christians to do? Thanks so much for all the amazing things you guys do and make available to us!

    1. I completely understand! I have felt the same way. This one is EXTREMELY tame. I am going to play it with my middle school students next week! It is very similar to the game of clue, but you get to play the parts yourself.

      1. You are right! This date night has nothing that would be uncomfortable. This is the game of clue. The couples don’t have scripts in any way – they just reveal the clues to the location, murderer and weapon!

  2. Hi! This looks like TONS of fun and I just threw the idea out there on facebook and tons of my friends are interested in doing it!. I do however have a few more questions. So, you’re saying that there is a way for me to participate in this, even as the hostess? I do not understand how that would work if I am printing them. Can you please assist me in understanding this. I’m a little slow figuring it out tonight, sorry! (sick kiddo) haha Also, on average, how long would you say it takes for a group to figure this out? Is there a way to incorporate a meal or some adult beverages into this evening, or will that take away from the experience too much? Thanks in advance for all you have done to get this put together and give me some additional information. I have always wanted to do a murder mystery but have never known where to start with any of it! I am looking forward to doing this! 🙂

    1. Amanda –

      I hope you have so much fun with this! You ABSOLUTELY can play. In the post is says “*Note – if you want to play along with your guests you totally can – you just need to make sure you don’t peak at the cards you put in any of the envelopes!” and that is it! Nice huh? The game is a lot like the game of Clue – but LIVE! Just don’t peak at the cards as you put them in the envelope and you are good! PLUS every time you play it can be different.
      You definitely could include food. I would have the guests come in and over dinner, or appetizers do the introductions, go play and return for dessert!

  3. Hey Sarina! We are hosting a group date night this Friday and super excited to play Whodunit!! Thanks for the great idea! I purchased the download and printed off everything. I don’t seem to have the Top Secret For “character’s” Eyes only page. Also, am I to understand that I just disperse the remaining 15 incident cards into the envelopes for the suspects randomly? I understand that 3 will go into the Investigation Results Envelope. Thank you so much for your help, we are SO looking forward to this!

    1. Jennifer –

      I am so excited about your date night on Friday. It is going to be a blast – I am sure. To answer your question – YES. You disperse the remaining 15 incident cards into the envelopes randomly. You got it! To answer your concern – you are absolutely right. That file doesn’t have the “top secret” envelope labels. I have contacted our amazing designer and she is on it! No worries! We will get it to you. Can you send me your email so I can send it directly to you quickly? sarina@thedatingdivas.com I am so sorry! I hope you have a fabulous date night!

      1. Thanks Sarina! We are super excited for this party!! Thanks for all your hard work! It makes it so much easier to have the printables all ready created!! Can’t wait!!

  4. I am trying to come up with my daughter’s 18th birthday party theme. Both the who dun it and Amazing race look like great group themes. My daughter has a group of about 24 friends that have been getting together to have a game night (plan it and they will come) do you have a favorite or one that would be better for teens. And can we divide our groups into 4-6 rather than 2?
    thanks for your help,
    Lisa

    1. Hey Aspen! Can you please email Ferren & forward her your invoice {ferret@thedatingdivas.com} and we will make sure you get your download! Thanks! XOXO

  5. I love this idea! I am confused however with the remaining 15 cards as if each of the 6 suspect envelopes is to have 3, then won’t that leave one envelope empty? Or will 3 envelopes have only 2 cards each? Forgive me if my maths is a bit out, it’s 1am, but I just couldn’t get it to make sense!

  6. Hi I have downloaded your product so I can use it with my your group however I am not able to open it , I get an error message stating that there is an error with the file, I have had this issue before with other files and the easiest way to solve the problem is if you email me a copy of the pdf, somehow the download process corrupts my files my receipt details; Order# 20782
    thanks

  7. hello, maybe I am slow but I just bought this and I am having trouble understanding it.
    Once I put my incident card in the envelope what do I do. Do my suspect get the cards and then read them and does he say what he has and then if they guess the items what next?
    If anyone can help that would be great!!!

    1. I am so excited for you to experience this game! I hope you love it as much as I have! Have you ever played clue? This game is exactly like that – just with real people! The detectives will approach the suspect and make a guess of a location, weapon and murderer. The suspect will then use their incident cards in their envelope to let the detective know if their guess is right or wrong. For example: if the detective asks: “Was it Chef Souffle in the kitchen with the poison?” and the suspect has the card for poison in their envelope – that cannot be the correct answer. So, the Suspect would tell the detective something like “I know that it wasn’t the poison because it was locked in the cupboard and only I have the key” The detective marks poison off of their detective notepad and moves on to another suspect to make another guess. The detective will carefully and strategically narrow it down as then go along. The next suspect the detective goes to – they would not guess poison because they know that is not the answer.
      I hope that helps! Enjoy!

  8. I would like to purchase this printable kit for my daughters 14th birthday party. It the content age appropriate for teenage girls, i.e. No sexual content? Also will the kit include enough for 14 girls?.

    1. Paula – I can understand your concern. I personally have planned many games of this type and have run into a lot of content issues. This game, however, is super clean and has no issues of the sort. A few summers ago I hosted this game at a youth summer camp for kids ages 9-14 and they loved it. It is should be noted that this game is just like the game of Clue but moving around. There are no scripts to read or surprises about the character that are revealed. It is a game of deduction to discover the Murderer, the Weapon and the Location. I hope that helps!

    1. That is a great question! It really depends on the group you are playing with and the distance between your locations. I would say it lasts under an hour – probably around 40 minutes. I hope that helps!

  9. This seems to be exactly what I am looking for. My only question is there game play instructions? I am a little confused on how this would work with multiple plays and what exactly the suspects need to do and how they reveal clues. do the suspects know who did it?

    1. I am so happy you found this! I hope you love it! When you purchase the kit, the pdf comes with a 10+ page host guide that includes detailed instructions and organizers to help you host your own game! It will explain all the details!

  10. This seems to be exactly what I am looking for. My only question is there game play instructions? I am a little confused on how this would work with multiple plays and what exactly the suspects need to do and how they reveal clues. do the suspects know who did it?

    1. I am so happy you found this! I hope you love it! When you purchase the kit, the pdf comes with a 10+ page host guide that includes detailed instructions and organizers to help you host your own game! It will explain all the details!