Who Whacked the Mole? | A virtual '20s murder mystery
A Roaring Twenties murder mystery game for 4-10 players, ages 16+ to be played at home or in a virtual setting. The game has a spectator file to cover as many (non-suspect) players as you wish - up to 100+ The game will take approximately two hours to play. This is the instant download version of the game - no waiting, no shipping fees - download and play - no printing is needed. This murder mystery game was formatted to play on Zoom or other video chat - you send each player a PDF file before the game and meet up virtually to play!
- Click here to view the character list!
- Click here for the free, printable invitation!
- Direct your guests to the corresponding pre-game site at 'Your Mystery Party'
Hal Sapone, a notorious crime boss from Chicago, has directed his mobsters to meet without delay to find out who whacked the mole in his faction, Jimmy The Legs. Jimmy was squealing to the feds about the inner-workings of Hal’s underground organization, but it’s a sign of disrespect and rebellion to clip someone without an order from the top. Hal wants the disloyal thug found at once.
Furthermore, the crime boss has received puzzling notes from the extortion racket known as The Iron Hand. Hal wants everyone to work together to decipher the messages. You’re in the Chicago Mob Faction. Hal Sapone has summoned you to attend this meeting. This is where your story begins.
You will receive:
- Host instruction file - including virtual bonus games, player instruction sheet and a timeline sheet (abbreviated instructions) for your event. (There would be virtual and home instructions both available on your account).
- 10 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
- Optional game-enders
- Optional Questions for Discussion
- Video of audio recording to set the scene for round one - download or stream from YouTube.
- Video of audio recording to set the scene for round two - download or stream from YouTube.
- Transcripts for the video files.
- Host player contact sheet for pre-game
- Free invitation (optional to use)
- Free pre-game website
- Optional spectator file - if you have people playing along, there is a specified file to send them.
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 and January
- Minimum age of player:
- 16 for mobster theme (bootlegging, speakeasies, gambling). There are no affairs/sexual innuendos, foul language, or drug references.
- Number of players:
- 5-10. Albeit, it can be played with 4 - there's a host character list for 4-5 players available for download upon purchase.
- Expansion pack?:
- No, but there is a spectator file that you can send to your players (beyond the 10 characters) who are spectators.
- Gender of players?:
- Gender flexible.
It was so fun! I was nervous that people wouldn't get into their characters or the more reserved ones would not enjoy it but everyone loved it. Things to know ahead of time: 1. Read everything first and don't let people choose their own characters. 2. Ad libbing is awesome for those who like to. 3. I chose to lead and not be a character but I could have easily done both with a smaller character. If you choose not to be a character, read a character sheet so you know how it looks to everyone else.
I was a little overwhelmed with the material and the thought of having to navigate a zoom call with 6 of my siblings but it went great!! A little choppy at first as we all settled into the layout of the game but in the end everyone couldn't stop raving about how fun it was!!
My friends and I had a lot of fun with this product for our virtual New Year's Eve party. It was tough to find games that worked for just 5 and this one absolutely fit the bill. It was nice, too, to have the puzzles to solve in the middle of the mystery - made it almost like an escape room which was a fun combination. Our only suggestion was for a bit more character development. The "pre-game" texting was an interesting idea but pretty limited in how much you could interact. The round 1 info was an introduction to the other characters and the plot, and then the round 2 information was trying to wrap everything up. It just felt a little abrupt. Still, we had a lot of fun. Thank you for a memorable night!
5 of us played this game for NYE virtually. It was so much fun and easy to follow through the instructions. This was our first time with anything like this. I highly recommend doing the pre-game activities. It was fun to get into character early and build anticipation for the event. Will definitely be playing another one of these!
Normally our team goes out for a Virtual Reality event at year end but because of the pandemic, this was not possible this year. Instead we decided to do a Virtual Murder Mystery. Who Wacked the Mole was a lot of fun and very much enjoyed by the whole team. Everyone got into their characters, using the 20s lingo and setting Speak Easy backgrounds. A few people even dressed the part! We haven't laughed that much in a long time. Some of us were able to figure out who the murderer was. I would recommend it for anyone looking for some Virtual fun!!
Having a big birthday during lockdown was not ideal at all, but arranging to do this murder mystery virtually was probably the best thing I could have done! It was so much fun, everyone really got into the characters and wore appropriate costumes, so we really felt invested in protesting our own innocence! It works really well that no-one knows who the murder is, not even themselves, because it just kept the mystery going until the end. Some of the puzzles were quite hard, but we had a laugh trying to figure them out. Would highly recommend.
I bought this for my virtual 26th birthday party and my friends and I had so much fun! I'm very bad at navigating virtual games, but this was easy to follow. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and texted me afterward about how much fun they had. Even my most introverted, shy friends had a good time. Thanks!
My friends and I played the game on Zoom. We dressed in costumes and had a signature 1920's cocktail for the party. I also learned how to do a virtual background speakeasy. I liked that we could make all the characters female, because the players in my game all went to a women's college together, and we had no male party goers. We were able to follow the directions, which clearly designated what not to look at before the party, very easily. I recommend doing the pregame the day before, and just familiarizing everyone on how to use Zoom features. I, as the host, played along and didn't know who the murderer was until we got to the accusations part of the evening. The plot was well written with some fun twists and turns! This was an amazing escape from our Covid-induced loneliness and feelings of isolation. We are now debating which MyMysterparty.com game to play next. I can't recommend this game more highly! Thankyou, MyMysteryparty.com!
Brilliant murder mystery party game! It was my sister's birthday during lockdown and we were looking for something to do last minute to make it more special (whole family are in isolation at my parents house, so there was 6 of us there), this was perfect! Easy to download, print off and play. None of the packs tell you who the murder is so you don't need to be worried about spoilers while printing. Had a very escape room vibe trying to solve the clues together, great fun! Loved the script at the end of the detective coming in and revealing who is the killer. Highly recommend! We went the full show, dressing up and had a blast. Thank you!!