Why Choose Us?


Why choose Shot In The Dark Mysteries?gal with a smoke

We know there are lots of murder mystery games companies out there and that you have a choice, which is why we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition and show you the value you receive with our instant-download murder mystery party kits.

We have the most unique and fun mystery games on the ‘net! Let’s face it, you can get a 1960′s murder mystery anywhere, but our games are something different – special. We don’t deal in themes that are all over the internet already – the dime-a-dozen run-of-the-mill mystery party games you can get ANYWHERE. We pride ourselves on being DIFFERENT. You won’t find games like ours anywhere else, and neither will your guests, making your party fun, unique and impossible to beat!

Here are some great reasons to choose Shot In The Dark Mysteries:

1. Completely interactive mysteries – the only ones like them on the market!

We primarily use an INTERACTIVE mystery party format. If you’ve played games offered by our competitors, you’ll find this format very different, a lot more versatile and a whole lot of fun. Instead of everyone sitting around reading off a piece of paper, your guests are up and mingling, flexing their sleuthing skills (with some helpful sample questions from us to get everyone started) and questioning one another to discover the killer.  It’s simple, fantastic and perfect for mystery party newbies and veterans alike.

For a sneak peek at how this format works, check out the sample game materials on any game version page to read the Host Guide you will receive in your game kit.

 

2. Simple and easy instant-download mystery game kits

We know you’re pressed for time, so we promise there will be no complicated elements to your mystery party. It is possible to arrive home from work on a Friday night, pick your mystery game, download your materials in one click and be playing in the time it takes you to print the game materials (and while it prints, you can do other things like get the hors d’oevres – or yourself – ready). If you plan just one day ahead you can send the game file to a printer (companies like Staples and Kinkos allow you to send the file over the internet) and have it ready to pick up whenever you can spare a moment. Our mystery games are so easy, often children facilitate their own “family-friendly” games.

3. No cutting required

Shot In The Dark Mysteries is almost 100% scissor-free! That means no more having to sit down before the party and wade through hundreds of pages of clues, cutting them apart while still trying to keep the mystery a mystery for you, the host! How many times have mystery party hosts accidentally glanced at vital information they shouldn’t and didn’t want to have seen and spoiled the mystery? Our clients said “No More Cutting!” and we listened! All of our new game material kits require no cutting of clues.

4. The most visually stunning game materials in the business

All of our kits are professionally designed. For a sample, CLICK BELOW!

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gal with gun5. No actors or memorization needed

Our mystery games do not require your guests to act or follow a script – a huge relief to a lot of participants! Each person receives information about their character that they can keep with them at all times for reference.

6. No experience needed

The ease of our games makes it possible for anyone, even kids, to host a mystery, which is why our kids’ games sell like hotcakes! Never hosted a mystery party before? No worries! We will walk you through step-by-step. Later, perhaps you can graduate to some of the other mystery formats out there (which can include acting, timed rounds, scripted events, bribery and more) but our games are the best place to start.

7. The host can play

Our newer game kits are formatted in a way that each suspect (or guest playing a character) receive individual “Suspect Guides”, which give them full instructions on how to play and their clues. This means you, as the host and facilitator, can solve the mystery too without spoiling it for yourself!

8. The murderer doesn’t know they are the murderer

We choose to keep the murderer’s identity secret from everyone throughout the game. Why? Because each character knows their secrets (in the form of “hide” clues) and are not to offer up the hide information, but are also not to lie when asked directly about that information. So, if The Butler knows he is the murderer, he is in quite the predicament when Loud Aunt Leslie rocks up and says “Are you the murderer? Why did you kill him?!” Yeah, there’s always an Aunt Leslie… besides, the murderer should be able to solve the mystery as well. We are not anti-murderer at Shot In The Dark Mysteries.

9. All games are written in-house

We don’t contract our game creation out to a variety of freelance writers, which means that all of our games are created with consistent quality and undergo a rigorous quality maintenance check. You can rest assured that your game will EXCEED your expectations!

10. No stupid or cheesy character names or embarrassing stunts

The number one reason a guest is hesitant to attend a mystery party is because they’re worried about being embarrassed or having to do something stupid. And while some people may be into that, we want EVERYONE at your party to have a good time, which is why we take the high road. You can rest assured that by choosing a Shot In The Dark Mysteries party, your guests will be able to participate and feel comfortable. Those people who have reservations will have just as much fun as everyone else – if not more! We want your guests to RAVE ABOUT YOUR PARTY, not cringe at the memory, and therefore all of our mysteries are designed in a way to appeal to the most discerning tastes without ruining your reputation with characters called “O. Penwide”.

11. No foul language

At first we were surprised when people would ask us if there was bad language in their mystery kit, so it must exist somewhere out there in the mystery party universe – but not here. We’re professional writers, and would no sooner force our sleuths to use foul language than we would have written a “bad” word into an article for a magazine. Some of our suspects and sleuths like to spice up their information, which we encourage, but there will be nothing in your mystery materials that will force a suspect to use bad language.

12. Proudly committed to the environment and Earth Hour
We heart trees and the environment, and we’re also committed to hassle-free parties. To decrease everyone’s carbon footprint as well as your irritation factor, your mystery kit is an INSTANT DOWNLOAD. This means that you simply pick the game you want, download, print and play! No shipping fees, no gas consumed or pollution, no waiting and no bother.

To cut down on printing and the pain-in-your-hiney factor, your game materials give you individual, email-able Suspect Guides. Within the Suspect Guides, your guests receive instructions on how to play, making your life MUCH easier as you prepare for your party. Besides, anyone who has played a mystery party in the past has experienced the irritation of having to cut clues – it’s time-consuming and the host has no choice but to see the information in the clues, meaning that poor host can’t play! Individual Suspect Guides means NO CUTTING and NO SPOILERS, so the host can play!

13. The best customer care in the industry

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So you can see who you’ll be speaking with, that’s me, The Mystery Maiden, on vacation in Nicaragua!

We are committed to supporting our hosts! We offer live online chat, email and telephone support, as well as a 100% satisfaction guarantee on our games. Just because you’re making a purchase online does not mean you shouldn’t be taken care of. There’s nothing like shouting into cyberspace and getting no response. So, we’re here for you – just contact us and we’ll help you out!

For the fastest response, please email us at

mysterymaiden@shotinthedarkmysteries.com

or contact us through the “Live Chat” feature on the right side of all of the pages on our website (if we’re not online, you can leave a message that is delivered to our smart phones). Telephone calls WILL take a few days to be returned, so for the fastest reply, please email or live chat will us!

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