Murder in 1985 | A Virtual 1980's Themed Murder Mystery Game

Murder in 1985 | A Virtual Murder Mystery

Available upon purchase (PDF, Video, Website)
  • Product Description

    This is a lighthearted 1980's murder mystery theme for 6-10 players (with an expansion pack, purchased separately, that adds another 6 players), ages 13 and up, that is formatted for virtual (video chat) play. This can be played with only 4-5 players. This game should take 2 hours to play. The game can be played in two ways - at home with a group or via a video-chat service of your choice.  If you don't intend on playing it face-to-face, you'll need to arrange a video chat, such as Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Google Duo, ooVoo, Facetime or any other tele-conferencing software you may have access to. Note: we are unable to set up nor assist with technical support for the video chat service - for advice on how to use a video chat, you'll need to contact whatever program's tech service you plan to use - if you are not already familiar. 

    Five out of ten difficulty. 


    Helpful Links:  

     Click here to view the character list!
     Click here for the free, printable invitation!
     Click here for the six character expansion pack - play as many as you need. 
    Click here to check out the Murder Mystery Prop Emporium! 
     Direct your guests to the corresponding pre-game site at 'Your Mystery Party'


    It is 1985, and after losing market share to sweeter competitors, Koko-Cola has revised its classic formulation and named the new beverage Best Cola. The CEO, Martin McFly, is hosting a huge bash to celebrate the release and has invited the Who’s Who of the entertainment industry to attend the party. 

    With so many Yes Men fluttering around Mr. McFly, he’s blinded to the reality that he is one of the most dreadful men in the world. He’s stolen ideas, broken hearts, slashed egos, and even kidnapped the beloved pets of foes when it suited him. 

    Alas, you are one of the ‘80s icons that received an exclusive invitation to this event. Mr. McFly has wronged you in the past but needs your fame to help launch Best ColaIt should be interesting how this all plays out. This is where your story begins. 


    • Host instruction file - including bonus games to play virtually, player instructions, and a timeline sheet (abbreviated instructions) for your event.
    • 10 character packets (PDF files) to send to your players in advance of the party. They include instructions, a character bio, and three rounds of game play (optional pre-game, round one materials, round two materials). 
    • Solution keys for the game and game challenge (and optional bonus games) - host can play along without spoiling the game.
    • Editable text field player contact sheet for pre-game
    • Three videos of a detective's call on speaker phone to play to start the game, start round two, and give the solution
    • Free invitation (optional to use)
    • Free pre-game website (optional, but suggested)



  • Other Details

    Minimum Age: 12 and up
    Gender of players: All are either gender
    Number of players: 6-10 in the main game (you can play with only 4-5)
    Expansion pack?: Expansion pack #1 has 6, gender flexible characters - all optional
  • Product Reviews


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    1. Fun night in!

      Loved this. Well prepared from the pre-game tasks to the script and PDF evidence files. Ran very smoothly on Zoom. Agree with top tips for everyone to change their screen name to their character.

      Everyone really got into character including accents which meant lots of laughs. We didn’t take the crime solving tasks too seriously (had a few drinks by that point!) so only one out of ten of us guessed the murder correctly (on a whim!) but there is definitely a decent amount of clues available if you want to really get into it.

      Highly recommend.
      on May 25th 2020

    2. Fun for adult birthday party

      This was very easy to host and play. No one guessed the correct murderer. Each round started by watching a video and was very easy to host via zoom. on May 23rd 2020

    3. Super Fun virtual meeting

      This game was so fun! I was lucky enough to stumble across this as an option for my 40th birthday party under quarantine. I invited folks via zoom meeting. What an amazing opportunity to invite people from different time zones and countries to play! I love how the game was scripted so that I could host and play. Each round started off with a video and that really helped to set the mood and keep everyone in character.
      I would recommend everyone try to dress up a little. It really does enhance the experience and help you keep the characters straight having the visual.
      It is sometimes confusing to know when to speak and share your information. Sometimes we had to call out folks because they just weren't sure when to speak up.
      Otherwise this was so much fun, we've been talking about it for 5 days now. The 1985 theme and characters was so fun! It was a nice walk down memory lane. Very creatively put together. I would recommend this game to folks who would appreciate the 80s theme. It may be challenging for younger folks as they may not get a lot of the social references.
      on May 22nd 2020

    4. Super Fun Time

      We have done almost all of the murder mysteries that are available virtually. This one was our favorite! Perhaps it’s because we are all 80s kids but this was amazing! We liked the video messages and it helps with the flow! I wish I was an octopus so I could give this 8 thumbs up instead of 2! on May 19th 2020