The Greatest Murder on Earth | a murder mystery game

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A freaky circus-carnival murder mystery party game for 6-12 players, ages 16 and up. There are two 6-player expansion packs available (purchased separately) to total 24 unique players available for purchase. May be played co-ed, all female, or all male with required players. This is the instant download upon purchase - no waiting, and you avoid shipping fees. There's nothing to ship, as you will have everything you need upon purchase! The kit is easy to prepare, easy to host.

There are four PDF files to download with this game - a host instruction file, printable file, solution key, and an optional free invitation file. You must use Adobe Reader (free software that you can download at to view the PDF file, as a PDF is an Adobe product.  

Format: this is a traditional, mingling, clue-based game (downloadable version) for in-person groups. For virtually-formatted games that are ideal for video chat platforms, click here. 

Gifting: the standard game license does not allow transfers, so you cannot purchase a download as a gift. For gifts, click here for gift certificates, or use the link below for the boxed version of the game (party pack).  

6-star.jpg This game was updated on 8/18/2021

Helpful Links:

 Host character list

 Free, printable invitation

 Sample game materials

 Murder Mystery Prop Emporium

 6 character Expansion pack - Purchased separately, play the expansion packs in order.

 6 character Expansion Pack #2 

 Boxed version - My Mystery Party will prepare your party ready kit

 Direct your guests here - the corresponding pre-game site at Your Mystery Party


Murder Mystery Synopsis:

The Greatest Show on Earth is a company of traveling performers including clowns, acrobats, musicians, and dancers. The Big Top show is accompanied by a carnival of thrilling rides, games of chance, and sideshow acts such as a wax museum, walk-through exhibits, and awe-inspiring stunts. Max A. Million’s hosting a debut party for the first funfair in the dismal town of Deadwood Valley, but is having a difficult time bringing this eclectic group of misfits together. Nobody gets along and scandals are brewing behind every corner.

Max has made it mandatory for all employees to attend this festive gathering under the Big Top, so you don’t have a choice but to dust off your best party attire. This is where your story begins. 

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

Minimum age:
16 for difficulty. Many of the characters have sordid pasts including being murderers. No foul language, sexual content, or drug references.
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 6/10
Gender of character roles:
Flexible with required and 1M, 1F within the optional = 10 Flexible, 1M, 1F overall.
Number of players in the main game:
Expansion pack(s):
Expansion pack #1 - 6 players, Expansion pack #2 - 6 players
Expandable team players:
Yes, expansion pack #2 has one expandable team
Date of publication:
2018. Last revised on 8/18/21
Game license:
Single, private use. For the game license's Terms and Conditions, see below.


  • 5
    Awesome Party!

    Posted by A on Feb 11th 2024

    This party was so much fun! The guests enjoyed the characters and there were a lot of laughs as the drama unfolded. As the host I cast myself in a non-required role so I could be an understudy if any of the required chapters could not attend. Worked well as I had a last minute cancellation so I would recommend that to anyone hosting!

  • 5
    Best murder mystery yet!

    Posted by Jennifer on Nov 6th 2023

    This was my third murder, mystery party, and it was definitely the most fun seem yet. Everyone loved the costumes. We had a great time.

  • 5
    Circus Party

    Posted by Jennifer Ruddy on Mar 19th 2023

    Bought this for my daughter’s sweet 16 party- it was great! Such a fun easy theme and the costumes were amazing! The mystery was well planned out and easy to set up and organize. So much fun!

  • 5
    Lots of Laughter

    Posted by Unknown on Dec 31st 2021

    This was the third party I’ve purchased. We played as a family and all ages from mid-70’s to early 20’s ( with one 10 year old thrown in) and everyone had a great time. The instructions are spot on. I love that talking points are given, but not a script to read so conversations flow naturally. I hosted so I threw myself in as carnival staff so I had a reason to be getting food on the table and organizing. The circus theme was a hoot. So much work went in to costumes. Everyone looked great. The party was well worth the money and the family memories were priceless.

  • 5
    The Greatest Murder Party to Date!

    Posted by Unknown on Oct 28th 2020

    I've attended several murder mystery parties, but this was my fist time hosting. I was beyond nervous, but the download walked me through everything I needed to do as a host and everything was able to be done without spoiling the mystery to me as the host. I plan on doing more of these, probably two or three a year. I was so impressed by how simple they really were to coordinate and how much fun everyone had as a result!

  • 5
    Great mystery choice with only 6 characters needed

    Posted by Unknown on Aug 3rd 2020

    I chose this game because there aren't many to choose from when you only have 6 adults to play - but it was a fantastic hit! I especially appreciated that the "Table of Contents" in the file alerted which pages contained spoilers so I could host the party without having to know the solution ahead of time. Everyone had a blast - definitely recommend! *One suggestion for an in-game activity: I had everyone answer 5 questions in character beforehand (things like favorite movie, favorite song, favorite car) - then at the party, guests had to try to guess which character gave which answer. People were very creative and it helped build everyone's character leading up to the event.

  • 5
    So much fun!

    Posted by Unknown on Oct 9th 2019

    My friends and I had so much fun playing this game. I loved how versatile the group could be in terms of size and gender. The circus theme was unique and all the clues added up without being too obvious. Would definitely recommend this!

  • 5
    Big Top is Big Fun!

    Posted by Darcy on Jan 21st 2019

    My friends and I are big fans of this site. We've played several of their games. We loved this circus themed game. I hosted it at a gymnasium to make it extra realistic. I played Starr and with the pregame was able to make the character my own as well as interact before the party with the other characters. Each character was fun to play. My guests and I are already planning our next one in three weeks. Love, love, love!!!