As the Ball Drops New Year's murder mystery

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An exciting New Year's Eve Murder Mystery Party game in a NYC Time's Square setting for New Year. There are up to 12 players (8 minimum) with the main game and two expansion packs with 6 unique roles each. With the purchase of all packs, you can cover up to 100+ players.  This is the instant download version of the game, no waiting, no shipping fees - everything you need is included in the download. For the boxed version, see the link below under the 'Helpful Links' section. 

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 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). 

Five out of ten difficulty

Helpful Links:

Host character list
Free, printable invitation
Sample game materials
6 character Expansion pack - Purchased separately 
6 character expansion pack #2 - purchased separately. Use in order.
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:

The Broadway Plaza Hotel, a renowned landmark in historic Times Square, New York City, is rolling out the red carpet for its spectacular New Year's Eve Gala. An exclusive event where the crème de la crème of New York's elite will converge in their most glamorous outfits, the night promises to be a dazzling blend of high fashion, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, and captivating party games. With your VIP access in hand, you've secured a luxurious stay at the illustrious Broadway Plaza Hotel. Step into this enchanting world, where your adventure unfolds amidst the glitz and glamour of a quintessential New York celebration. This is where your story begins.

How to Host a Large Party with this New Year's Theme

  • 12 main game unique character roles 
  • 6 unique character roles from expansion pack #1 (purchased separately)
  • 6 unique character roles from expansion pack #2 (purchased separately)
  • Team of up to 26 players as fellow moochers of Takey Takerton (main game purchase)
  • Team of up to 26 players as Dakota Wren’s Sous Chefs (expansion pack #2)
  • Team of up to 26 players as Marley Larkspur’s Crew (expansion pack #2)

Therefore, you'll have 24 unique suspects and up to 78 non-suspect, duplicated team roles that play under three specified characters (see host character lists for details).  

Follow My Mystery Party's board New Year's Eve - As the Ball Drops - Murder Mystery Party on Pinterest.

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

Minimum age:
13 years
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 5/10
Gender of players:
# of players:
8-12 players
Expansion packs:
6 players in #1, 6 players (3 required) in expansion pack #2
Up to 33 players as a team
Game release date:
August, 2009


  • 5
    Fantastic Game

    Posted by Adora on Jan 4th 2024

    We had a blast. Players from 12-46 and everyone had fun. (Even the moody teens got into the game) This was a great way to kick off a new year and we will definitely be buying another soon. Directions were SUPER EASY to follow!

  • 5
    Great way to spend New Year’s Eve!

    Posted by Unknown on Jan 8th 2022

    We hosted this party with 10 guests,ages ranging from 13-70. Everyone arrived to the party in character ready to play. Each round of play was very easy to navigate through and the game went extremely smooth. Everyone had so much fun trying to solve the murder. I would highly recommend this party!

  • 5
    NYE 2020 was one to remember!

    Posted by Hannah on Jan 11th 2021

    We absolutely loved this game!! 8 of us played for NYE and we had the best night. Everyone loved their role / character and had so much fun getting into character. We all dressed up and that made the night even more fun. I was the host and it only required a hour or so of preparation. We had such a fun night and will be doing another game again soon!! we only had 8 players and it worked out but I think having the recommended 12 players would make it even better but overall was great, 10/10 recommend!!!! good for all ages. We had a group of 3 teens, 3 college age and 2 adults.

  • 4

    Posted by Michelle on Jan 7th 2021

    Good, clean, fun. My family and I participated in the murder mystery game "As The Ball Drops, In Time Square" as a new years celebration. All of us had a great time participating in the game. It was very well detailed and easy to follow for a first time murder mystery players. Would highly recommend.

  • 5
    So much fun!

    Posted by Jenny on Jan 5th 2021

    We did this for New Year this year with 2 families. There were 5 kids ages ranging from 12-16 and four adults. We had so much fun. It was so well organized! We can’t wait to try another one!

  • 5
    New Year’s Fun with Family and friends

    Posted by Unknown on Jan 5th 2021

    We had 8 including my husband and I our adult children and another couple. Everyone was excited and up for dressing up and playing their roles so it was a great start. The story and package downloaded were complete and provided very clear instructions. As host I wished I had read further than I did. I was trying not to find out too much and missed a few very important pages of instructions. Even so with the information I did read and the clue cards we were able to have a great time and worked to solve the mystery. We will do it again.

  • 4
    Lots of fun, tricky on zoom

    Posted by Paula on Jan 4th 2021

    We hosted this for our New Years party and everyone seemed to enjoy it. It was tricky to facilitate, talk about clues, and reveal the murder over zoom. It was also much faster virtually since there was less mingling and some optional games didn't apply. ---------------------------------------- FROM MMP STAFF: We do agree that it would be tricky on a video chat, as this is not a virtually formatted game. We're glad you pulled it off, but it's best if you stick with the virtual games here: Thank you for your feedback! Great to know it's possible to pull off!

  • 5
    Best New Years Eve Party

    Posted by Jamie O'Neal on Jan 7th 2020

    The event was a great hit, so many compliments for our guests. They are already talking about and planning for next year.

  • 5
    Great New Year's Eve Murder Mystery

    Posted by Unknown on Jan 6th 2020

    This was my second Murder Mystery and we recently did it for NYE. It was fun, on the easy side so a great game for beginners. As far as New Year's Eve themed, it wasn't super "As the Ball Drops" but that was fine. I'd recommend to new crowds trying to do a murder mystery on NYE.