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 for 8-12+ guests! 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. 

This is not a virtual game - this is a traditional, in-person game to play at home.  If you want a virtual game, click here - we have a growing selection of themes, including a New Year's Game - When the Clock Strikes Murder. 

Five out of ten difficulty

Helpful Links:

Host character list
Free, printable invitation
Sample game materials
6 character Expansion pack - Purchase 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:

The Broadway Plaza Hotel of historic Times Square of New York City is hosting their fabulous annual New Year's Eve bash. The Who's Who of the Big Apple will arrive on the scene in designer garb and kick off the party by enjoying delectable appetizers and fun party games! You've got your VIP ticket and have booked your room at the famous Broadway Plaza Hotel.

You don't care for some people on the guest list, but you never miss a social event and you've come up with a killer outfit to kick off the new year! This is where your story begins.

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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 pack:
6 players
Up to 33 players as a team


  • 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.

  • 5
    Very clear instructions

    Posted by Unknown on Jan 2nd 2020

    We have never done a murder mystery party and so not sure what to expect. Everyone came in costume and kept their characters for the most part of the evening. All in all, everyone had a great time and I would definitely do another one. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow.