Misadventure in Topsy-Turvy Land mystery

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Get ready to have a blast in Topsy-Turvy Land sleuthing the Case of the Pilfered Pocket Watch! This game is a fun non-murder kid's mystery party game for 6-12 players ages 10 and up. Most characters are non-gender specific and a 10+ character expansion pack is available and the game expands to over 30 players! This is the instant download version - no waiting, download upon purchase. No shipping fees! For the boxed version, see below in the helpful links section.  This party is best played in a home, as there will be scavenger hunt references to common locations in a home.  However, the players can simply solve the riddles and get the next clue by giving the correct answer, if needed. 

2 out of 10 difficulty. This game was updated 2018.

Helpful Links:

Host character list

Free, printable invitation

10+ character expansion pack

Sample game materials

Boxed version - My Mystery Party staff prepare your game kit!


Mystery Synopsis:

Topsy Turvy Land has turned dreadful. The Scarlet Queen has thieved the crown from the benevolent Silver Queen – the peaceful ruler of the land for the past 101 years. Scarlet Queen is an uncaring dictator who lives under the protection of her beastly ally – the Greasy Goon! 

Allie, a loyal friend of the Silver Queen, has hatched an ingenious plan to dethrone the evil ruler. The Flying Monkeys are the unwilling guardians of the crown and only protect the crown to avoid the queen’s wrath. They are locked in the highest palace tower, and their wings can only take flight at exactly 3:14 PM. Therefore, to keep them prisoners in the palace, the queen has banned clocks in the palace.

White Bunny follows a rigid schedule around the daily criminal trials in the Palace Garden and is the only one on the palace grounds allowed to keep a timepiece. When White Bunny returned home after the last trial, there was a ransom note and curiously-coded message on the dinner table! A thief has stolen the White Bunny’s pocket watch! This bunny is in big trouble and needs help from friends!

The Crazy Cap Maker has scheduled an afternoon tea party. White Bunny will present the ransom note and curiously-coded message to the guests. Hopefully, they will be able to help White Bunny find the watch and get to the next trial in the Palace Garden on time. If not, the Scarlet Queen will have the bunny’s head! You’ve been invited to the tea party. This is where your story begins.  

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

Minimum age:
10 years
Difficulty rating:
Kids - Easy Breezy, 2/10
Gender of character roles:
Co-ed or All female
# of players in main game:
6-12 players
Expansion pack(s):
10 players
Expandable team players:
Expands to over 30 players with teams (including expansion pack)
Date of publication:
Last revised in 2018


  • 5
    Played this at my daughter's birthday.

    Posted by Jennifer MacDonald on Jul 16th 2021

    The kids all had a great time role playing and solving the mystery. A couple of adults assisted the kids who were 6 and 8. However the 12 and 13 year olds were able to play on their own.

  • 4
    Great full family event

    Posted by GG on Jan 2nd 2021

    As with any mystery party, it’s best if participants get into character. Ours did! 3 generations. 6 adults and 6 kids ages 5-11. S 1 adult was paired with 1 kid to help read clue cards and share and note key information. Some kids were definitely too young but it didn’t matter because they were part of the fun and enjoyed being in costume. We started with a a parade around the house and when we entered the front door we had to crawl through a tunnel (card tables covered with blankets), and when we emerged we were in topsy turvy land. The tea party was great. The forensics portion was very important to making everyone feel party of solving the mystery.

  • 5
    Super easy and just as fun

    Posted by Unknown on Jun 24th 2020

    Kids had a blast dressing up. They were as young as 7 and as old as 13. They were all having a blast.

  • 5
    Fun party

    Posted by Unknown on Feb 25th 2018

    The kids had a wonderful time dressing up and playing. They were ages 9-11, and it they had no problems with the clues and enjoyed working together to figure out who stole the watch. I had some trouble making the party run smooth, transitioning from one round to the next. The tea party table was out main focus, so round one was the tea party, round two was dinner, and round three was cake so resetting the table for each course was ...but that was poor planning on my part. The instructions were very helpful and took me step by step through the ENTIRE party. All in all the party was a success.

  • 5
    Fun for the whole family

    Posted by Jennifer White on Mar 29th 2017

    This is recommended for ages 10 - 14 however; we have younger children playing the parts of the "Card Army" and "Duck Family" from the expansion pack. We have also included some fun loving adults and older kids as the Scarlet Queen, and such. This is a really great game for kid based fundraisers as well as birthday parties.