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Night of Mystery Review

Murder mysteries from Night of Mystery are complex, with plot twists; fun, engaging characters; and a host guide that keeps your event running smoothly. Keep in mind that while some murder mystery game companies make kits that accommodate 100 or more guests, this company’s only work for up to 80 guests.

Night of Mystery’s games have a wide variety of themes, including a 1980s high school reunion, the Wild West, an enchanted fairy tale, high society, ancient Rome, the circus and Tinseltown. There are also a number of holiday-themed murder mysteries. Some mysteries feature all-female or all-male casts, and the company even sells a few mysteries for LGBT events. In addition, there is a selection of clean and non-murder mysteries, and the company makes mystery games suitable for children.

When you make your purchase, you select the number of guests you’re inviting, and you can then see the male-to-female character ratio. Most mysteries require a minimum of eight players, and the maximum is 80. When you have 20 to 80 guests, the company provides 20 suspect characters, and the remaining guests are assigned general unnamed characters with clues, secrets and objectives. For more than 80 guests, the company recommends duplicating the general characters, or you can run multiple mysteries at the same time. All in all, Night of Mystery’s games work best for parties with fewer than 20 guests.

In your downloaded pack, you get a comprehensive but concise host guide that tells you everything you need to know to run a successful murder mystery party, as well as a blow-by-blow schedule to keep things on track, invitations, character information, objective sheets, name tags, evidence, certificates and the solution. You can email invitations or print and send them by mail. Each guest’s invitation includes a character profiles, costume guidance, an enticing overview of the mystery story and all the instructions he or she needs to come to the party in character.  

Night of Mystery offers plenty of help and support. There's a step-by-step how-to-play guide, a blog full of useful tips and advice, and a detailed FAQs section. You can also use of the forum to get inspiration and tips from other players. While the company doesn't list a phone number or email address, there is a contact form should you need further assistance.