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 plus a spectator file to include up to 100+ non-suspect players), ages 13 and up. This 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. This is the instant download version of the game - no waiting, no shipping, and no printing is needed. Download and play! 



    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 due to difficulty.
    Gender of players: Flexible.
    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 to cover up to 100+ players in the game.
  • Product Reviews


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    1. A Fun Team Building Event

      Our group of 8 enjoyed the game. We enjoyed the pre-game activities to get into character.

      During the game, we got a bit confused about how much to disclose and when, but easily addressed by the host resetting the group. The videos were good.

      For the host, there was a bit more work than expected so give yourself some time to prepare and setup. Having the videos and instructions ready for sharing is key.

      We will definitely come back for another game in future.
      on Sep 25th 2020

    2. Kids had a great time

      My son wanted to do a murder mystery party for his 15th birthday. I wasn't sure how we were going to do this and keep socially distanced, so was pleasantly surprised to find My Murder Mystery Party when I googled "virtual murder mystery parties." My older daughter did one from this same company a few years ago and it was a big hit.

      My son and his friends ended up having a great time- and many of their parents let me know that it was just what their kid needed! Being that they are teenage boys, I was worried at first that they wouldn't take it seriously. It also seemed that it took a little bit for them to get really in to it, but once it got rolling, they were all fully participating and getting in to it (I didn't play, but followed along and kept the timeline going. My son also asked me to assign his friends their characters so he wouldn't know who was essential and who wasn't).

      I got a little worried that I had made a big mistake. Near the end of the party, when they were deliberating who they thought the killer was, I realized that I had mistaken the character of one of the kids that had to drop at the last minute. He was an essential character! I was panicking that maybe he was the killer and that I had ruined the entire thing. My younger daughter, who also didn't play, watched the reveal video and thankfully that person wasn't it. PHEW! I never did admit my error to my son. shhh... ;)
      on Aug 21st 2020

    3. Will buy and plan another mystery party!

      I hosted the party w/ 10 guests over Zoom. Everyone said they had fun and it was a great time. We played one bonus game which people were into. It took about 2 hours to complete. We just took a 5-10 min intermission break between rounds. During the breaks I played 80s music and had the guests answer an 80s themed poll between rounds. Already planning my next virtual murder mystery! on Jul 15th 2020

    4. Already planning another night!

      We had a great time, this was my first virtual party (I have purchased and hosted 3 other regular murder mystery parties-which I now consider a hobby! LOL) and I wasn't sure what to expect. We only played the 6 main characters and all of us have played murder mystery games before and had a great time! It took us just over an hour. I would suggest making sure everyone takes their time and make sure to read everything on your scripts! We are already planning the next one with more characters! on Jul 12th 2020