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. 



    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)

      If you wish to host this (or any other) game for profit, you will need a commercial license or provide us with your 501C number for a charity fundraiser - click here.   Note: we are not issuing waivers between September 2020 and January 2021.


  • 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). You'll receive an optional character list for the host that narrows to 4 required.
    Expansion pack?: Expansion pack #1 has 6, gender flexible characters - all optional. With the expansion pack, you'll receive a spectator file.
  • Product Reviews


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    1. A ton of fun!

      A group of 10 of us did this for a birthday party, all on Zoom. Everyone LoVED the pre-game texting. That really set the mood and help us all get into it. The gameplay itself was just a little bit clunky since people get new info about themselves throughout the game and then just read it. But I’m not sure even what I would suggest to help that along so it really was fine. The videos and clues were well done and we had a great time! Hosting wasn’t too difficult and I still got to participate which was great. And it was a good price! Thank you for putting this together!! on Oct 6th 2020

    2. A perfect B-day activity during a pandemic!

      We played the 1985 Murder game virtually for my birthday since gathering in person during a pandemic was out of the question. It was the perfect party, so perfect I'll probably host a virtual game ever year! I had a lot of fun planning and encourage players to do the pre-game. In retrospect, we all agreed that it would have been ok, even helpful, if we had read ahead in the packets so we knew all the info about ourselves. There weren't really any spoilers, and it was kind of hard to start a new round with paragraphs of new info that you immediately needed to know and share. If you don't read ahead, make sure the host gives players enough time to read and digest the info. I imagine if you were playing in person or taking breaks that would have solved the issue.

      Also, the game was so affordable for what you get!
      Thank you for your feedback! We do not suggest allowing the players to read their whole packets before the game starts - the challenges are meant to be seen in real time, and you don't want players trying to solve them before the party begins. Also, the videos keep the story moving. If the players have already seen round two information before they hear the video during your game - it just will kill the story. So, we do not suggest ever allowing the players to view materials they are told not to view ahead of time. It's very calculated to give information in order while it's being played live. It's okay that there's a bit of a lull when round two begins after the video - let everyone enjoy a snack while they read their page :) We are super glad you enjoyed the game!
      on Sep 29th 2020

    3. Lots of laughs!

      We played this last weekend for a lockdown birthday party (we're in Melbourne Australia!). We played with the full 16 players and we laughed a lot! Best advice is to play the pre game it's so much fun and a great way to start things off. As the host there is a bit of preparing to do but you can still join in the game without any spoiler alerts. Encourage everyone to dress up and add as many accents as you can! Can't wait to do one IRL! on Sep 29th 2020

    4. Lots of excitment brewing for our murder mystery!!!

      My friends and I haven't actually played the game yet, but I am coordinating with them for next weekend via Zoom. We live in the northeast and it's starting to get too cold at night to do things outside so we are looking for virtual activities to keep our spirits up. I am coordinating pushing out information through a Facebook Event. It's been a great way to send some additional information to get people excited. We are doing Murder in 1985 so I sent a link to an 80's montage video and a link to popular cocktails from the 1980's. People are really getting into it and working on their customers and backgrounds. I was a little worried at first that the coordination would be complex and it would be hard for me to organize, but the documentation, with a timeline and checklist, has been fantastic and very easy to understand. I'm already looking forward to doing more of these over the winter! P.S. I plan to play the role of the detective, so I looked ahead to see who dunnit and who had critical other roles so that I could assign my most reliable friends the key characters. I also tried to match characters to personalities that I thought would be a good fit. We are all really looking forward to our murder mystery night!!!
      From MMP Staff:
      The host can and should play along! You can easily play a character and not know anything, as the spoilers are all in a separate file (& video with some games) that doesn't need to be opened until after the game is played. We're super glad you had fun, though! But next time - be a character :)
      on Sep 25th 2020