Zombie Escape | A mystery game

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A non-murder zombie escape room mystery party for 4 players to an unlimited amount of guests, ages 13 to adult! The group will divide into teams of 2-4 and undergo 8 exciting challenges of puzzles, riddles, codes, and more - all while attempting to solve the mystery of how to make the zombie cure and find the identity of the saboteur who released the virus in the building!  This is not a gory zombie game - it's a cheeky-cheesy setting of the Zombie Institute that has a team of scientists searching for the cure of the (fictional) Zombie Virus. The participants are on a tour of the facility while a scientist saboteur releases the virus and the cure they had just developed. The players must race against time and compete in 8 fun challenges to win clues to find the saboteur (one of the scientists in the story) and re-formulate the cure. 

This non-murder game will have printed and video components, but there will be backup scripts for the videos in case you do not have access to a device/set up to play the videos. The suspects in this case are the 7 scientists of The Zombie Institute, which are not actual players in the game. 

This is the instant download version of the game - no waiting, and avoid shipping fees.

You must have Adobe Reader (a free download from to view and print the files. 

Note: the players will not play individual character roles, but rather they are in a group on a tour of the facility.

Five star difficulty rating.

Helpful Links:  

Free, printable invitation
Sample game materials
Boxed version - My Mystery Party staff prepare your game kit!
Free, pre-game site at Your Mystery Party

Murder Mystery Synopsis: 

The Zombie Institute is a world-renowned zombie research center. After the epidemic-scare of 2035, top scientists from around the globe have dedicated their lives researching the Gen-Z Virus - a fast-acting virus that turns humans into brainless undead. Humankind has been on the brink of a zombie apocalypse for some time, and the Zombie Institute has shown promise in the development of the cure. Rumor has it that one of the research labs has discovered the cure. However, further clinical trials must be completed before the official announcement is made. 

You have scheduled a tour of The Zombie Institute. Your group will get to tour the research labs, meet the scientists, and view our zombie research subjects! This is where your story begins.


  • Host instructions - detailed and easy to follow
  • Instructions for your players
  • Three downloadable videos - introduction, mid-point, and solution (you can download from your account, Vimeo, or stream from YouTube or Vimeo)
  • Backup scripts for the videos
  • Instructions and materials (when applicable) for 8 challenges (4 in each of the two trials)
  • Trial summary sheets for the host (great to have for a reference with you during the game)
  • Bios for the 7 researchers (suspects)
  • Saboteur clues (to be won in the challenges)
  • Zombie cure clues (to be won in the challenges)
  • Dr. Franken's lab's test tube reference sheet
  • Downloadable visitor name tags (optional to use)
  • Downloadable event tickets for the tour (optional to use)
  • Answer key to the game (this is a separate file - do not open/view if you are playing along)
  • Downloadable party host checklist and guest worksheet
  • Mystery investigation sheet(s) (Zombie Institute Letterhead)
  • Menu suggestions and recipes
  • Free downloadable invitation
  • Free guest pre-game site at

Follow My Mystery Party's Board for a zombie party on Pinterest.

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

Minimum age:
13 to adult for difficulty and because it's 'zombie' themed.
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 5/10
Gender of character roles:
It doesn't matter - the players do not play the roles of suspects.
Number of players in the main game:
Minimum of 4
Expansion/Expandable team players:
No, already unlimited # of players
Date of publication:
October 2017
Unique content:
printed and video components, but there will be backup scripts for the videos in case you do not have access to a device/set up to play the videos


  • 5
    So much fun for a Halloween themed party!

    Posted by Jadee on Jun 29th 2024

    We had an absolute blast trying to escape from the basement. Easy to follow directions and guest had so much fun!

  • 5
    Absolutely Fantastic!

    Posted by Riebana on Dec 28th 2020

    We absolutely loved our virtuell Zombie escape. Due to the pandemic our families are currently divided between the US and Europe. My mom had been dreading the holidays for month, so we all gifted her a game night/day over zoom. We made her entire Christmas. The storyline was cute, the games were fun and showcased everyone’s strong suits. It was lovely that it was self guided because that made the 7 hour time change work for us and we could take as much time as we wanted and pause when we needed. The game lasted about 3 hours and was such a fun alternative to the regular zoom talks. We hope there will be more mystery games coming in this format!

  • 5
    A blast!

    Posted by Unknown on Nov 1st 2020

    All the kids ages 7-adult had a great time playing. It was a tough one to solve, but pairing kids and adults made it very enjoyable.

  • 5
    Great Quarantine activity!

    Posted by Unknown on May 2nd 2020

    There was only 3 of us but we had a great time!

  • 5
    Everything you need is here!

    Posted by Tracy on Oct 30th 2019

    This was beyond great! Everything needed was included in the on line version. Instructions, challenges, clues, invites... everything! It was hit for our annual Halloween Party! Will be purchasing another next year!

  • 5
    Value for money

    Posted by Linda on Sep 27th 2019

    I chose the download version of this game. We played it the first time with four of us and it was really cool although none of us got the right answer at the end. We had three hours of fun. The clues and activities are really fun some harder than others. We will be doing it again amd I will be host. I think it will blow better now that I know how it works and I am not involved in the game. We all felt that it was a good deal for the price and we will be looking to buy another game in the near future.

  • 4

    Posted by Yonny on Jan 21st 2018

    Game was different from the rest of the MyMysteryParty games, so I liked this, but will go back to the other format for the next game. No role playing with this one and that was good for a change, but our group really likes to role play. This could work great for a huge group, though.

  • 4
    Guests had a blast

    Posted by Todd Rollins on Oct 31st 2017

    I purchased Zombie escape for a Halloween party. First, I must caution hosts - do not get this game if you're not good at being organized. There are 8 challenges, which all have materials associated with them. Download all the associated files, print, and get ready to spend a couple of hours getting everything sorted. This isn't a game to print and quickly play. With that said, we had a lot of fun with these challenges and loved the video additions to the game. The mystery wasn't all too easy to figure out, but my guests had fun trying to solve both objectives. Only 2 of the 14 people playing agreed on the correct answer - but that's OK! Glad it wasn't too easy! I can see how this game could be played with a huge group, as well, but we only had 14 and did two teams of 7. Overall - great game and good to change it up (our group does a bunch of mystery parties), but I think I'll go back to the traditional format of role playing for next Halloween - we prefer that format.

  • 5
    Good game, but a bit confusing to plan

    Posted by Tamara Wiley on Oct 29th 2017

    We have family game nights and I've hosted many of this company's games and loved them all. Most of the time, the games are in one document. This one comes with multiple files to download - but I prefer all in one. I get why they did it, but the other way just works for me. With that said, the game was fun and a refreshing change. We had 12 playing with three teams and the challenges were fun and not too difficult. I like that it's a mystery that you can play together - as opposed to everyone being a character. I admit that I got my things disorganized and that caused a bit of a speed bump, but that was my fault. You need to be organized with this game and keep stuff in order. All in all - worth the time to prepare and play. But as the host, make sure you spend time preparing for the night and get the materials in order so everything goes smoothly.