Poolside mystery game

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An exciting, co-ed poolside murder mystery party for any swimming pool or beach setting, ages 14 and up for difficulty. Hosting beside a pool is not mandatory - you can host this in a backyard, a beach, and even add a luau twist for extra festive fun.  There are multiple kit sizes available - see the breakdown below. 

Spoil yourself, and choose the party ready option above, and our dedicated staff will fold and slip your clue cards for rounds one, two, and three into the envelopes to prevent you from seeing spoilers on the round cards. Without this option selected, you will have some assembly required with your kit.


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 Game Trailer

Kit A: 8-16 unique roles (characters #1-16)

 Host character list for Kit A

 Free, 16 player printable invitation

 Corresponding pre-game site for Kit A

Kit B: 8-22 unique roles (characters #17-22)

 Host character list for Kit B

 Free, 22 player printable invitation

 Corresponding pre-game site for Kit B

  Kit C: 12-28 unique roles

         Host character list for Kit C (characters #23-28 - this adds 4 more required players in the boxed set version)

        Free, 28+ player printable invitation

        Corresponding pre-game site for Kit C-F

Kits D-F include all unique suspect roles above (12-28 players) and expandable, duplicated team players divided into two teams with Makken Waves (moocher friends), and Tele Evitang (Evitang family): 

Kit D: Covers 40 players: 12-28 unique roles, 12 expandable, duplicated team players (6 moochers, 6 Evitang family)

Kit E: Covers 56 players: 12-28 unique roles, 28 expandable, duplicated team players (14 moochers, 14 Evitang family)

Kit F: Covers 64 players: 12-28 unique roles, 36 expandable, duplicated team players (18 moochers, 18 Evitang family)

For more information on expandable team players, go to our FAQ and scroll down to the Optional Characters section. 


Murder Mystery Synopsis:

Sunny Shinewell's annual pool parties are the epitome of summertime splendor, known far and wide for their vibrant atmosphere, lavish settings, and the dazzling array of guests they attract. Year after year, these gatherings set the standard for high-spirited, luxurious fun under the sun. As expected, the who's who of the social scene, affectionately known as the usual suspects, will again make their way to Sunny's stylish abode, donned in their most spectacular poolside ensembles.

This year, like every year before, your much-anticipated invitation has arrived, promising another unforgettable day filled with sunshine, laughter, and the finest company. It's time to dive into your wardrobe and select the perfect outfit that speaks to comfort and class as you prepare to join the festivities. Whether you're lounging by the pool with a chilled drink in hand, mingling with the crowd, or making a splash, this day promises to be filled with delightful moments and memorable encounters. Your story kicks off here, in the heart of summer bliss, at Sunny Shinewell's legendary pool party. Get ready for a day of sun-kissed fun and unparalleled enjoyment! 

Commercial licensing: 

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

Minimum age:
14 years for difficulty.
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 6/10
Gender of players:
Co-ed, some gender flexible in larger kits
Minimum # of players:
8 players with kits A, B and 12 players with kits C-F
Kit sizes:
A: 16, B: 22, C: 28, *D:40, *E:56, *F: 64
Expandable teams?:
*Yes, kits D, E, F have varying numbers of expandable team players.
Date of publication:
May 2008, Last revised on 04/20/24