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. easy so far, anticipate smooth sailing

      inexpensive and well organized, great instructions on May 19th 2020

    2. Great Time!

      I was worried about how this would work over Zoom. I think it was just as fun! The directions were very simple to follow and nice that the host could play along as well. Definitely going to do this again. on May 18th 2020

    3. First time "Guest"

      As a first timer i had no idea what to expect going in. Along with many others who were a part of my Murder Mystery ( 10 of us who have never done anything like this) 10/10 said they had a good time!! A few bumps along the way only due to lack of reading on the hosts end it went off tremendously !! We cannot wait to do it again on May 18th 2020

    4. Really good fun and 100 times better than the weekly quiz!

      We started texting each other as our characters the night before which really helped. By the time we started playing everyone, even the few reluctant ones, were really engaging! on May 18th 2020