Are you looking for an exciting adventure to bring your friends and family together? Have you ever dreamt of creating the perfect escape room game, one that will have all your friends at the edge of their seats, unaware of what lies ahead in this thrilling mystery? Well, look no further!
With our murder mystery escape room DIY guide, it's now easier than ever. This guide provides step-by-step instructions so even novice players can become master puzzlers within minutes! With detailed guidelines, our comprehensive manual is sure to give everyone who participates an unforgettable experience full of perplexity and excitement.
Creating your own DIY murder mystery escape room is an exciting undertaking. This game combines all the elements of a treasure hunt, clues, and puzzles from board games like Clue! Ultimately, players must solve the murder case by deducing who did it, what weapon they used, and where this sinister act occurred, or else become ghosts themselves.
To create this immersive experience, you will need supplies such as a padlock for locking up areas with important objects (like keys!).
You can choose to use either a four-digit combination lock or create your own "lockbox." To help players solve the clues scattered throughout the play area, props such as rocks with numbers inscribed on them can be placed inside clay tubs that are hidden in plain sight. These props await discovery by the players.
Also included in most of our escape room kits are ciphers that help decode numerical answers into letters, which eventually lead to cracking open the mystery.
A mysterious letter addressed to "you" sets off their investigation, too. It's not required, but adding additional elements of interactivity, such as decorations and soundtracks, perhaps will only heighten gaming sensations while playing!
The 1920s brings a certain ambiance to your escape room party and making sure the look and feel of the game are in keeping with this era is key. To help, we've included vintage photo booth props so that you can customize pictures taken throughout the mystery with tin-types and monocles! Music also forms such an important part when it comes to creating atmosphere. So you'll need to find some jazz records or vintage tracks for people to enjoy... or just put on our custom Spotify playlist!
Add small pieces of decor to create a unique world where players are immersed in their adventure. Think old keys hanging from door handles, hats placed on chairs, or large maps hung up behind desks. It takes minimal effort but will really make all those tiny details come together without breaking any budget. Lastly, victory posters showcase who successfully solved each challenge, allowing detectives to take home sweet memories after they have put away their sleuthing skills for another day!
For players to solve the clues, you will need props and riddles. You can create your own or order them online as part of our Envy Murder Mystery kit like this one here, which comes with multiple clue cards already made up! Each card contains information such as who was killed (victim's profile) and also includes their backstory so that guests have an understanding of what happened before they entered the room.
The first clue is key to unlocking all other puzzles, so make sure it's easy enough for people to get going but difficult enough that solving more clues becomes necessary. Alongside each character, there should be a series of challenges related directly or indirectly in some way.
These puzzles and challenges could range from math problems to logic teasers. They can also involve physical tasks within the environment itself, such as hidden puzzle pieces. The difficulty of these challenges should increase with each step, culminating in the completion when researchers figure out "who dunnit?". To make the puzzles and clues relatable yet challenging, 3D shapes can be turned into jigsaw puzzles, or sliding blocks can be used instead of numbers on safes.
Finally, add somewhat cryptic hints throughout this area where needed, i.e., pointing towards potential solutions without ever giving away any answers outright in case participants get stuck. Again, helpfully use prints scattered about walls showing photos taken by suspects during mystery events leading up till now.
Your guests should be able to clearly see their progress as they move through the game and make deductions.
You can use a life-size floor map or schematic of your playing area to help make clear the layout of the space. Additionally, an infographics board detailing all characters' motives can be useful in helping players remember these details. Moreover, you can provide visual cues such as signs indicating where key items like weapons are located in the room. Finally, visual effects like signs pointing out various areas can add to the atmosphere of the game.
Decorations like candles and eerie music complete this perfectly!
Guests will have more fun if you add vintage detective elements, too. Think magnifying glasses and old-fashioned typewriter ink ribbons that could potentially lead them on paths toward one another's clues. It adds some extra excitement when players find something 'random' during gameplay, which helps further advancements in the plotline.
With puzzles come solutions, though, so reward success accordingly. Designating small prizes for puzzle solvers is also a great way to enthuse competition among players who want to solve each clue first. Each prize need not be expensive, but certainly meaningful enough.
Postcards from fictional places visited by victims/suspects within the context of the murder mystery story, or even miniature trophies made out of craft supplies at home work well. Likewise, it makes sense to incorporate sound into the escape room setting too. Background jazz tunes create an atmosphere, albeit not directly related to the theme or simply interesting ambient sounds (there are plenty of online resources available).
Whatever soundtrack you choose, ensure it's enjoyable for all parties involved and makes sense with the storytelling context of the escape room experience.
DIY murder mystery escape rooms are a great way to bring people together and have fun. Lock Paper Scissors provides an easy-to-use solution, complete with detailed instructions and materials that can be used to customize the experience for your specific group or theme. Variety in sentence length creates perplexity and interest, something we strive for when writing content at Lock Paper Scissors!
Keep this guide handy while you plan your own DIY adventure; whether it's solving a crime or spending time with friends, there will never be a dull moment!