11 Free Murder Mystery Games for Your Dinner Party

Choose One of Several Free Murder Mystery Scripts

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The Spruce / Margot Cavin 

These free murder mystery games will make sure you have everything you need to throw a murder mystery dinner or party, without having to spend the usual $20-$75 to buy the party kit that you'll probably only use once.

These games are good for 6-28 guests, so you should be able to find a great game no matter the size of your party. Each game includes character descriptions and scripts so your guests will be ready to get into the game. Some of the free games also include free invitations, name tags, props, and more.

Here are some other spooky party games for adults, silly adult party games, New Year's Eve party games, and escape room party ideas that you may want to incorporate into your murder mystery party.

Free Murder Mystery Games List

  • Sour Grapes of Wrath: This game includes an almost 70-page PDF file that includes planning instructions, party invitations, costume suggestions, name tags, rules, secret clues, maps, accusation sheets, suspect dossiers, and the solution.
  • The Romanian Uranium Mystery: Here's a very detailed murder mystery game that includes a scripted show, as well as an improved show, that's set around your dinner party. You can pay a few bucks if you want a PDF.
  • Way Out West: This one includes the setup, characters, script, clues, and more. There's a version available for more than 10 guests if you need support for that many, but it'll cost you.
  • Jazz Age Jeopardy: Here's a murder mystery that's set in a 1920's jazz club in New York City. The free PDF file includes an introduction, instructions, party guidebook, character sheets, clue cards, and voting sheets. Up to 15 people can play this one.
  • Butler Kicks the Bucket: Download free murder mystery character cards and play Butler Kicks the Bucket murder mystery. There are cards for exactly 15 players, so if you have fewer, someone will have to play more.
  • Mafia Party Game: A fun detective-style murder mystery game that's for 7-24 players. It's broken down into two parts: nighttime when the Mafia is looking to secretly murder, and daytime when everyone votes to eliminate suspects. You'll need a deck of cards to play.
  • Murder, She Wrote: This is a free printable that you can use to help Angela Lansbury crimes while binging Murder, She Wrote on Netflix. You'll have to guess who the murder was, the motive, and the details of the killer. This murder mystery game can be played by yourself or with a whole group of friends gathered around the TV.
  • The Business of Murder: This has everything you need to throw a very detailed murder mystery. Clues and invitations are all included in one convenient download. It's for 7-8 players.
  • The Movie Murder Mystery Party: 5-10 players can play this one. The backstory is that you're celebrating the completion of a film with your cast and crew but then the director suddenly dies. Lucky for you, he hid lots of clues so you can play this scavenger hunt themed murder mystery. The download includes the premise, instructions on how to play, character descriptions, clues, scavenger hunt items, and ideas for awarding the winner.
  • Malachai Stout's Family Reunion: A fun, lightly-scripted murder mystery game set at a family reunion gone awry that can be played by 6-12 players. Includes hosting instructions, script, character sheets, clues, and solution.
  • Crack the Codes: This murder mystery game is made to play in the classroom, although you certainly could play it at a party. A murder has been committed and you'll need to use all your problem-solving and code-breaking skills to find out who the murderer was.