High society themed virtual murder mystery.

The Manhattan Murders | Virtual murder mystery

Instant download upon purchase (PDF, Website, Video content)
  • Product Description

    This is a virtual murder mystery game for 4-12 players, all gender flexible, ages 15 and up for difficulty. There is an expansion pack (purchased separately) that adds another 5 unique character roles. Your group will investigate two murders on Manhattan's Upper East Side while dealing with an anonymous blogger named Jack Out of the Box who threatens to expose everything about the investigation.  This is an instant download, but nothing needs to be printed. There are PDF files, websites, and video content.  This game takes approximately 2 hours. 

    7-star.jpg Game release date: September 19, 2020



     Click here to view the character list!
     Click here for the free, printable invitation! 
     Click here for the expansion pack that adds 5 character roles
    Click here to check out the Murder Mystery Prop Emporium! 
     Direct your guests to the corresponding pre-game site at 'Your Mystery Party' 


    Mr. Alcott Cavendish, one of the most wealthy and influential people of Manhattan's Upper East Side, is hosting an exclusive party at The Wharton House, a private club founded in 1910. Only the who's who of the rich and famous will attend this gala of glitz, glamour, and luxury. Rumor has it that Mr. Cavendish has an ulterior motive for hosting this event. A bothersome gossip-monger who goes by the pen name Jack Out of the Box has been letting the skeletons out of the New York elite's closets. Jack has been posting scandals and other tittle-tattles about the members of the club from social media accounts, a gossip column in the local paper, and a private website. Alcott's legal team has been unable to expose Jack's identity thus far. Therefore, Jack must be as well-connected as Mr. Cavendish.

    Nevertheless, sources close to Alcott have said he has formulated a strategy to flush them out. You have received an invitation to this private gathering. Since only a limited number of members were invited, this could mean that Alcott believes you might be Jack.  If you attend, you could be in danger. If you don't show up at the bash, it might appear as if you are trying to hide something.

    This is where your story begins. 

    If you wish to host this (or any other) game for profit, you will need a virtual 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. 


    • Host instruction file - including bonus games to play virtually, player instructions, and a timeline sheet (abbreviated instructions) for your event.
    • Optional to use: checklists for the host.
    • 12 character packets (PDF files) to send to your players in advance of the party. They include instructions, a character bio, suspect list, and three rounds of game play (optional pre-game, round one materials, round two materials). 
    • Solution keys for the game - host can play along without spoiling the game.
    • Editable text field player contact sheet for pre-game tasks
    • Three videos
      • Two detective videos to keep the game moving, along with a back-up transcript.
      • One solution video with a back-up transcript within the solution key.
    • Free invitation (optional to use). 
    • Host character list for 4 required players - optional to view. If you are playing with 6+ - you won't download this file. 
    • Free pre-game website (optional, but suggested)


  • Other Details

    Minimum Age: 15 for difficulty. This game is a 7 rated game, but has appropriate content.
    Number of Players: 4-12 unique suspect roles. (May be played with 4-5 and expanded to cover unlimited players with the expansion pack and spectator file).
    Gender of Players: Flexible.
    Expandable?: Yes, there is a 5 player (non-suspect) pack of unique roles. However, you can have spectators play along, as well. You'll receive a spectator file with the expansion pack.
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    1. so much fun!!

      Even after several full days of zoom for work, this event was a breath of fresh air. Everyone had a blast, and several people noted that the virtual version was actually much more enjoyable than in person. People liked all being able to work with the same information and it was easy to keep the conversation going. The instructions were super clear and very manageable to host and play simultaneously. on Oct 26th 2020