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Make your own murder mystery game

Make and play a killer murder mystery game with friends. Quick and easy to set up. Play online or in real life.

Make My Murder Mystery Game

Planning a party needn't be murder

Our personalized murder mystery game generator makes it easy plan a whodunnit party your guests will never forget.


Personalize your murder mystery game

Get creative and have fun with the script


Play together

Play virtually or in real life


Simple to set up. Easy to play

Fun and safe for all murderers aged 11+

What is a You Dunnit murder mystery game maker?

Our murder mystery maker makes it quick and easy to create your own personalized murder mystery game – that you can play on your phone, or computer over a Zoom call or in real life. You can even print out the personalized murder mystery scripts if you'd prefer not to be looking at a screen all night.

Just like traditional murder mysteries – a You Dunnit murder mystery is a party game where players hear evidence and solve clues to work out who amongst them is the murderer.

Or more to the point... whodunnit!

The personalized murder mystery game template is spread over several rounds – and is perfect for a murder mystery night, murder mystery dinner party – or even a whole murder mystery weekend.

Your personalized murder mystery games can be themed too – so you and your guests can dress up in character (check out our costume suggestions!).

It's an online murder mystery game – but you can play it in real life too!

And just to be clear – with You Dunnit you can play our online murder mystery game (over Zoom) on your phone, tablet or computer – or in real life, reading the script from your phone – or download it as a printed script.

Play online or in real life murder mystery game

Play at a whodunnit dinner party with friends – or on Zoom, Facetime or Hangouts.


Murder Mystery Dinner Party

Host a murder mystery party your friends will love


Family Get-together

Nothing unites a family like murder!


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Play online or in real life

Create your personalized murder mystery game

  • Create your game in less than 15 mins
  • Delivered instantly to your phone
  • Play online or in-person
Make My Murder Mystery Game

“It was so much fun and easy for people to get involved. A really brilliant murder mystery story!”

Nick T

“Everyone was engaged from the start and threw themselves into solving the murder. The event was great fun – and brilliant value for money.”

Bryn J

“Hilarious! Played over Zoom, in 6 locations, including 2 countries. Even our 78 year old mother managed it!”

Joseph H

“A great night with friends! Will definitely be going with these guys again!”

Tori K

How do you create your own personalized murder mystery game?

Our murder mystery game generator makes it easy to create your own personalized game.

Just click the mystery game maker link and follow these steps:

1. Choose your murder mystery based on the number of guests

Choose whether you want to personalize the game for:

  • A Dinner Party Mystery for 6–10 guests
  • An Event Mystery for 12–200+ people

2. Personalize your game details

Anytime before your party use our murder mystery builder to create your personalized game.

You decide:

  • Who's the victim?
  • Where does the murder happen?
  • What are the character names?

Plus lots more!

You're the murder mystery game creator – so have fun and get creative!

It should take less than 15 mins to create your murder mystery game.

3. Send players your unique game link

Text, email or post your unique game link of the crime scene to your party guests.

It contains their character information and hints and tips on how to play – so they can get prepared to play the game.

You (the game creator) will be the Host. And all your guests are the suspects.

The players won't be able to access or play until you start the game from the Hosts panel.

4. Play the game!

When you're ready to play your murder mystery game – give the players access with a secret game code! (which is stored in your host panel).

As the story unfolds you'll play the murder mystery game together over a few rounds using your phones.

All suspects take part in the investigation, using their wit and skill to convince others that their motives and alibis are legit – to prove their innocence.

Rounds include a combination of:

  • The Script – all the players read through a script together
  • Questioning & Evidence – you all go off script and can talk openly about who you think is the killer! There will be prompts to help you pry information and evidence out of each other
  • Voting – where guests vote for who they think the murderer is

The whole game takes about 1-2 hours... it's just like being in your own murder mystery film!

Everyone takes part in the trial – using their best detective work to be the judge and jury! Once all the clues have been examined, at the end of the game, you'll find out what the murder weapon was, who's innocent, who has blood on their hands – and who's going to prison!

There's also a printable PDF version of the whodunnit game script too – just in case someone's battery dies!

Play online or in-person

Play on Zoom or get together in real life

Create your own murder mystery

Customize your game script

Quick and simple to build

Only takes 15 mins to create

Add your own characters

Use real names or make them up

Play on your phone

Or print out the PDF script

Fun for everyone

Detectives aged 11+

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A murder mystery game to play with friends

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Use your detective skills

Create your personalized murder mystery game

  • Create a customised murder mystery script in less than 15 mins
  • Perfect for dinner parties and virtual team building
  • Play on screens or print out the PDF scripts
Make My Murder Mystery Game

How do you play a murder mystery game?

If you've never played a murder mystery game before – or are not sure how they work, it's really quick and simple to get started.

There are a few variants of murder mystery games you can play.

First, you need to understand what the most common types of murder mystery games are:

A Scripted Dinner Party Murder Mystery

Players are given a script to read which includes; character background information, who the victim is, motives and alibis – and questions to ask and general murder plot dialogue to set the scene.

Players tend to stay in the same place for the duration of the game.

The guided nature of the script makes this option a great icebreaker for small groups that don’t know each other well.

A scripted game works well for small groups of 6–20 guests. But for murder mysteries for large groups of players, check out our event game.

Make your own murder mystery with You Dunnit!

Use our easy-to-use script generator template to create your own Scripted Dinner Party Murder Mystery Game. It's quick and easy. Try it now!

An interactive murder mystery event

These murder mystery games rely on ‘cast members'.

Players don’t have a script but instead, mingle, interact and even interrogate cast members.

The characters are free to roam in a less linear fashion.

There are often sub-plots and character goals running alongside the main whodunnit murder mystery.

An interactive game works well for 12 or more detective guests – up to large groups of up to 200.

Where can I host my game?

That's how murder mystery parties work... now you need a place to host your crime scene!

People imagine playing the game in a murder mystery mansion to be the perfect setting.

But as long as the script is good and the players are keen – almost anywhere will do.

You can play a murder mystery game:

Did you know?

It’s believed murder mystery game’s evolved from the ‘Wink Murder’ game in from the early 1900’s – where a pre-selected participant could kill other players by winking at them 😉. Death by wink!

How long does the game take to play?

You’ll typically need to set aside 1–2 hours to play a scripted murder mystery game.

Though you can easily double that time if you’re playing it as part of a murder mystery party.

If you’re pushed for time – you can whizz through much quicker. It’s up to you to dictate the pace.

An interactive game can take much longer – sometimes spanning whole a murder mystery weekend.

Characters and costumes

To get in the murder mystery mood players may want to dress up in the role of their character.

What players wear usually depends on the theme of the game.

You don’t have to go down the typical Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple or Colonel Mustard costume route.

You could theme it for a specific event; a birthday, a Christmas murder mystery, a Halloween murder mystery party – or even a murder mystery hen party!

When you build a personalized You Dunnit murder mystery game — players are emailed information about their character so they know who they’re playing and what to wear.

NOTE: Please don't bring a real knife or gun to the party!

For more theme and costume ideas head over to our How to host a murder mystery dinner party page.

Did you know?

Cluedo – the most famous murder mystery board game was first released in 1949. And is still popular today.

Create your own murder mystery game

As far as we know, there are 2 ways: An easy way. And a hard way!

1. The easy way! Use You Dunnit's personalized murder mystery script generator

All the benefits of a custom murder mystery game template without the hassle, stress or price : )

Create a personalized murder mystery game

  • Create your game in less than 15 mins
  • Delivered instantly to your phone
  • Play online or in real life
Build My Personalized Murder Mystery Game

2. The hard way! Write your own murder mystery game script [Step by step guide]

Even if you’re a keen writer – writing you’re own murder mystery game might be harder than you think.

Once you’ve set aside enough time, pushed through your writer’s block – coming up with a logical and coherent murder mystery that’s fun and engaging to play (with red herrings along the way) can be tough.

But if you’re still up for the challenge – we’ve put together a helpful guide called: How to write a murder mystery game 👈. Good luck!