1986 | a Sinister '80s Murder Mystery

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A sinister 1980's murder mystery party game for 12-16 guests, ages 15 and up due to difficulty. This dark-themed '80s game has required video components, but transcripts are provided as back-ups. Characters are flexible gender. The expansion pack (purchased separately) provides 16 more unique roles (4 required), and 4 expandable teams. The game will be expandable to over 136 players with main game and expansion pack (purchased separately). This is the instant download version of the game, you will have everything needed to play within the download, and there's nothing to ship, so you avoid shipping fees. No waiting, just download, print, prepare and play! Don't want to prepare your game? No worries - for the party ready pack (boxed set), click on the link below in the helpful links section.  

Included: You will receive a host instruction file, printable file, solution file, and access to the videos via Vimeo and YouTube.  The links to the free invitation and pre-game site are below, under helpful links below.  You must use Adobe Reader (free software that you can download at to view the PDF file, 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).   

6-star.jpg This game was updated on 9/14/2021

Helpful Links: 

 Host character list
 Free, printable invitation
 Sample game materials
 Murder mystery prop emporium
 16+ character expansion pack #1 - Purchased separately
 Boxed version - My Mystery Party will prepare your party ready kit
 Direct your guests here - the corresponding pre-game site at Your Mystery Party


Murder Mystery Synopsis: 

In Flamebury Falls, there is a historic estate on the edge of town named The Craven Gray Manor. Wicked things have happened at the manor over the years, so some say the property may be cursed. Others claim the owners are starting the rumors to encourage thrill-seekers to visit the town and dare to stay at the property.  Who knows the truth?

Nevertheless, Ridley Barnabet recently inherited the family fortune and wishes to catapult the manor to become a local hot-spot and travel destination. Ridley has sent out exclusive invitations for a VIP bash. The town gossips are on fire with rumors of what will happen on this night when the who’s who of the town will be gathered together.

On another note, there is a buzz that the mysterious society, The Clear, might be involved with the event. The Clear is a top-secret social order that nobody knows for sure exists, but everyone chats about and spreads tales about how they control the world and all of its headlines. Could The Clear be behind this event? Only time will tell - or would time even spill the secret? You’ve received an invitation to the gathering at the manor. This is where your story begins.

How to Host a Larger Game:

  • 16 characters with the main game
  • 16 characters with expansion pack #1 (purchased separately. Note: 4 players are required if you add this pack.)
  • Up to 25+ duplicate players as Nurses with Alby Dahmer (expansion pack #1 player)
  • Up to 25+ duplicate players as Film Developers with Bernie Cullen (expansion pack #1 player)
  • Up to 25+ duplicate players as Assistant Butchers with Marion Holmes (expansion pack #1 player)
  • Up to 25+ duplicate players as Blockbuster employees with Randy Fish (expansion pack #1 player)

If you wish to host this (or any other) game for profit, you will need a commercial license - click here.

Minimum age:
15 for difficulty - like our other games, there are no instances of foul language, sexual innuendos, or drugs. This game does involve 'cultish/world domination' references.
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 6/10
Gender of character roles:
All characters are gender flexible
Number of players in the main game:
12 minimum - 16 total in the main game.
Expansion pack(s):
Expansion pack #1 (16 players) - purchased separately
Expandable team players:
Yes, expandable to over 136 players with expansion packs and expandable teams
Date of publication:
2020. Last revision on 9/14/21
Unique content:
Video content, group challenge.
Game license:
Single, private use. For the game license's Terms and Conditions, see below.


  • 5

    Posted by Nina on May 27th 2023

    This went over so well and we all had a blast! Definitely doing more!

  • 5
    Entertaining Evening!

    Posted by Unknown on Mar 22nd 2021

    We hosted this party on Saturday night. Our guests had a blast and already have asked if we would host another murder mystery party. I will say that the setup is time-consuming so consider the boxed set.