When the Clock Strikes Murder| Virtual Mystery

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An exciting New Year's Eve virtual mystery party for 4-10 players.On the flipside, there is an expansion pack that adds 4 more unique characters (non-suspects) and a spectator file to include as many spectators (non-suspect, non-roleplay) as you need - have 100+ in your game. This is the instant download version of the game - no shipping fees, no waiting, no hassle. There are PDF files, websites, and video content - you are not required to print anything, but will need Wi-Fi access if playing on a video chat platform (i.e. Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc).  This game takes approximately 2 hours to play.  This game has been formatted and tested for virtual play, but can also be played in a home setting - or a combo of home/video chat players.  You will send each player a PDF file before the game and meet up virtually to play!

Note: you'll gain access to an optional host character list with only 4 required players listed upon purchase that you can view or choose not to view. This is how you can play with only 4 or 5 in your group. 



 Click here to view the character list!

 Click here for the free, printable invitation! 

 Click here for the 4 character expansion pack which includes a spectator file to add even more guests. 

Click here to check out the Murder Mystery Prop Emporium! 

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


A mysterious business named Crime Alive has emerged out of thin air in the sleepy community of Grimford – a small mountain town seeded deep inside of the Canterbury Woods. The residents have been unable to figure out its mission, but the town gossips have speculated film production, a book publishing company, or private investigators-for-hire. Whatever the enterprise might be – they are hosting a gala on New Year’s Eve for the Grimford residents. Crime Alive has not offered details about the event other than a guarantee of mystery and excitement to be cherished for a lifetime.

You're a resident of Grimford, and nothing exciting ever happens in the town. You were skeptical at first, but the buzz and intrigue got the best of you. After a thorough online interview, you confirmed your spot. You were so thrilled to be included - you put your digital signature on many documents without reading them. Signing consent forms and contracts seemed to be a bizarre requirement to attend a New Year’s party, so it caught you off guard. Nevertheless, you hope for the best. 

This is where your story begins. 

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.




  • Host instruction file - including bonus games to play virtually, player instructions, and a timeline sheet (abbreviated instructions) for your event.
  • 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 and game challenges - host can play along without spoiling the game.
  • Editable text field player contact sheet for pre-game. 
  • Three videos - round one, round two, and solution video. Download the video, stream from YouTube or Vimeo, or download from Vimeo. 
  • Free invitation (optional to use).
  • Free pre-game website (optional, but suggested).
  • Alternate endings file (optional to use, but suggested).
Minimum age:
14 for difficulty. This game is a 6 rated game, but has appropriate content.
Number of Players::
4-12 players, 16 with expansion pack (purchased separately). Invite an unlimited number of spectators.
Gender of Players::
There is a 4 player expansion pack (purchased separately). You can have spectators play along as Crime Alive staff members (there is a spectator PDF packet with the expansion pack purchase).


  • 5
    What a fun night!

    Posted by A on Jan 5th 2021

    The evening went smoothly , we followed the timeline and watched the videos, worked on the challenges and had a great time!

  • 5
    Fun virtual group activity

    Posted by Unknown on Jan 4th 2021

    Great way to gather with friends in a socially distant way. Easy to follow and share with all participants.

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on Jan 4th 2021

    I have done several of these and this one was by far the best. Excellent story line and very good team building activities!

  • 5
    Fun, Fun, Fun

    Posted by Diane on Jan 4th 2021

    We played this virtually on New Years Eve with a few different households. We had the best time. It was well organized and easy to play. The videos they make available to you make it feel authentic! I highly recommend this game! Definitely one of our favorites!

  • 5
    Really well put together

    Posted by Unknown on Jan 3rd 2021

    The info and files were all great. Super-detailed instructions, which was helpful in guiding the 'party'/ We had 8 participants, and it worked really well (though we were wrong!). It took about 2.5 hours (with short break).

  • 5
    Fun was had by all!!!

    Posted by Marilyn on Jan 2nd 2021

    Doing our part to stay physically distant from friends this New Year's Eve didn't mean we couldn't still all have fun together virtually. It was great to have a NYE theme mystery that allowed us to get dressed up,... albeit for our characters. This was our second mystery so people were familiar with the flow of the rounds and really got into asking questions outside of our scripts. We are already looking forward to the next one!

  • 5
    Great time and all the support needed

    Posted by Tom Wilhoit on Jan 1st 2021

    We really had a great time with our virtual New Years mystery party. The files and information downloaded were very through and detailed. It was easy to follow, when I did have a question, my emails were answered within hours. It was a good value.

  • 5
    Great time and all the support needed

    Posted by Tom Wilhoit on Jan 1st 2021

    We really had a great time with our virtual New Years mystery party. The files and information downloaded were very through and detailed. It was easy to follow, when I did have a question, my emails were answered within hours. It was a good value.

  • 5
    The premise is genius!

    Posted by Deborah on Jan 1st 2021

    My friends and I have played 6 games now, and we played this one on New Year's Eve. We bought this one specifically for the midnight theme, which seemed perfect for New Year's Eve, but I was a little concerned with the lack of much description on the website of what the game was about. The synopsis keeps the game's premise a mystery and a lot of the fun of this game was finding out just what this mysterious gala was all about. Most of the games have twists and turns coming from the characters' secrets, but this one had twists and turns in the premise itself! This made the game different than all the others we've played. Our group agreed that this game is one of our favorites!