1920s Murder Mystery Party on the Boardwalk

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A 1920's Murder Mystery Party game for 8-12 players - 8 required and 4 optional. The roaring twenties murder mystery party game is set at the height of prohibition on the 1920's Boardwalk at the Karlton Ritz Hotel.  This is the instant download upon purchase version of the game - no waiting, no shipping fees. Easy to host, easy to prepare.  If you'd rather have the boxed set, click on the link to have our staff prepare your kit below, under helpful links.

There are four PDF files to download with this game - a host instruction file, printable file, solution key, and an optional free invitation file. You must use Adobe Reader (free software that you can download at to view the PDF, as a PDF is an Adobe product.   

Format: this is a traditional, mingling, clue-based game (downloadable version) for in-person groups. For virtually-formatted games that are ideal for video chat platforms, click here.  

Gifting: the standard game license does not allow transfers, so you cannot purchase a download as a gift. For gifts, click here for gift certificates, or use the link below for the boxed version of the game (party pack). 

Five out of ten difficulty. This game was updated on 06/11/24 and previous versions will not be seamless. 

Helpful Links:

Host character list - main game characters #1-12
Pinterest Page - more DIY food and decor
Game Trailer Video
Free, printable invitation - for the 12 player game
12 character, expansion pack #1 - characters #13-24, purchased separately
12 character, expansion pack #2 - characters #25-36, purchased separately
Sample game materials
Boxed version
Murder Mystery Prop Emporium
Free, pre-game site at Your Mystery Party - for the 12 player game

Murder Mystery Synopsis:

It's 1927, and the mob scene is thriving in major cities across the United States. Rum-running, loan sharking, protection rackets, speakeasies, and gaming halls are all flourishing. To achieve supremacy as a unified crime faction, crime bosses from Atlantic City, New York City, and Chicago have decided to establish The Commission during a gathering known as the Atlantic City Conference. This governing body will oversee all mob organizations in the country.

Opinions vary on how The Commission should be run and who should be the boss of all bosses. Some high-ranking officials are strongly opposed to the idea, leading to preemptive hostility. Nonetheless, the crime bosses have agreed to conduct themselves with integrity at the conference, enforcing an unbreakable truce.

Nuggy Jones from Atlantic City has agreed to host the conference at his residence and place of business, the Karlton Ritz Hotel on the Boardwalk. Mobsters from the biggest families will soon arrive in Atlantic City. This is where your story begins. 

Commercial Licensing: 

If you wish to host this (or any other) game in public &/or for profit &/or as a benefit to your business or organization, you will need a commercial licenseclick here. 

Minimum age:
16 years (due to prohibition content of bootlegging, illegal gambling, speakeasies)
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 5/10
Gender of character roles:
# of players in main game:
8-12 players
Expansion pack(s):
12 players in Exp #1, 12 players in Exp #2
Expandable team players:
Date of publication:
2010. Last revised on 6/11/24 - previous versions will not be seamless.
Game license:
Single, private use. See the game license's Terms and Conditions below.


  • 4
    Love these mysteries!

    Posted by Amber Huls on Jan 30th 2023

    This is the 3rd party I’ve thrown with these games and they’ve all been wonderfully written. This one was fun in that it kept the relationships between the historical figures referenced intact. It made researching backgrounds for character play really straight forward.

  • 5
    1920s murder mystery

    Posted by Bonita Kingham on Oct 12th 2021

    This is my 2nd mystery purchase we actually dress up & act them out. We have a blast

  • 5
    Murder on Boardwalk

    Posted by Barbara on Sep 6th 2019

    I was quite impressed with all the information from cast to recipes for a menu. Well done and we are having ours on the 22nd September. We can't wait.

  • 5
    Colorful Characters, tricky mystery, great opportunity for hamming it up

    Posted by Jen W. on Aug 20th 2019

    While we have hosted dozens of mysteries over the years, this is the first time we played one with just our family. We had lots of fun one evening during our Jersey Shore vacation - so the theme fit right in! Even without costumes, the characters had distinct personalities, so we could tell them apart. This one played a little more quickly than some others, but during our accusation phase, it became evident that we should have paid closer attention - so only two discovered the murderer. Plenty of characters with motive and means. Everyone enjoyed the randomization components during the reveal. Keep those in! I would rate this as a “clean” mystery - which we appreciate - thank you!

  • 5
    Loved it! Used it for a baby announcement!

    Posted by Branden on Apr 12th 2019

    We recently hosted our first murder mystery. It was a last minute decision, but we were able to get 12 of our closest friends to the house to host the party. The whole purpose was to have a great evening getting into our roles and enjoy each others company. What everyone in the game didn't realize is we were about to announce we were having a baby. We used the awards time to make the announcement! It was amazing! The on-line kit was easy to understand and provide all information necessary as the host and for the individual players. This will not be our last, and we have friends that have already purchased a different game for another weekend party.

  • 5
    1920’s mystery on the Boardwalk

    Posted by Unknown on Mar 24th 2019

    Hosted a murder mystery party for a group of 16 year olds and all had a blast!! Would definitely host another as it was very easy to follow the given directions for a hilarious and eventful night!

  • 5
    So Much Fun

    Posted by Unknown on Aug 30th 2018

    We did this just as a little get together! It was a great kit for for some of my guests who had never done one before, and still fun for those of us who had done a few! It was our first time using this company and I'm sure we will use more in the future. I really liked the recipe ideas and games that came along with the main mystery! And it was a pretty difficult mystery, most of our guests didn't know who the murderer was! I also liked that you didn't know if you were the killer until the end of the game. I feel like with other games when you know you work really hard to try to hide that you are, but i didn't have to worry about that. I highly recommend this game!

  • 5
    Super fun, very well organized !

    Posted by Unknown on Mar 7th 2018

    I completely recommend this product. I did a ton of research and this one fit our needs well. As host, I wanted to participate too, and I was able to put the game together without spoiling the surprise for myself. (I ended up being the murderer, which was pretty hilarious - was very surprised.) It took some organizing ahead of time but the instructions were very clear. We played with a large (20 people) and diverse group of friends and they really got into it. When the final solutions were read, there were lots of gasps and pointed fingers. Super fun!

  • 4
    So Far So Good

    Posted by LaTanya McDaniel on Mar 7th 2018

    I'm loving this game so far, haven't played it yet, but I can't wait to play. I have not peeked to see who does what.