Solve Like a Sherlock Murder Mystery Games

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The Murder at the Art Museum Virtual Scavenger Hunt

STOP A KILLER? GET A CLUE!

There’s a killer on the loose, and it’s up to your team to stop him! The madman—or madwoman—bumped off a famous art critic, then taunted the police to expose him/her by completing a virtual murder mystery scavenger hunt through America’s great museums. Your task: to play the game, follow the clues, find the art, answer amusing questions about what you find online, and suss out the name of the killer, the scene of the crime, and weapon used. Think you’re up to the challenge?

Using video conferencing, you’ll join our Host in launching the game in our app, which works in any browser. Working on teams, you’ll follow links to art on museum websites, tackle tricky questions for points, and consult photo clues to narrow the list of possible suspects, weapons and crime scenes. No previous knowledge of art is required. But you’ll be amazed at the art you discover—and with any luck, you’ll catch the culprit.

Games for the general public are available on weekends. Games for private groups are available anytime, including an International Edition, for people whose first language is not English, as well as a Kids Edition for kids and adults to play together, ages 10 and up.


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New! The Case of the Curious Curator: A Virtual Murder Mystery Game

Can your team crack this murder mystery scavenger hunt?

Fans of murder mysteries and The Da Vinci Code will enjoy this unusual adventure that features seven art museums. The plot: A murdered curator has left behind a cryptic trail of clues connected with secrets in unusual works of art. As your team gathers answers to tricky questions about the masterpieces, you begin to piece together a sordid tale about greed, lust, pride, revenge, and treachery—all revolving around the museum’s planned multi-million-dollar purchase of a long-lost painting by Leonardo da Vinci.

Your quest begins when teams meet our Host for this Zoom murder mystery party. You’ll get set up with our browser-based app and learn the backstory of the four suspects. You’ll also learn that the dead man has concealed in the app the notes on his personal investigation into the Leonardo. The Host will send teams into breakout rooms, where you’ll collaborate, collect clues, and cogitate on whodunit.

Even if you’re not a murder mystery buff, you’ll have plenty of fun spotting unusual details in art, piecing together the story, and laughing at some of the surprising discoveries. No knowledge of the museums or art is required—you just need sharp eyes, a comfy seat, and good teamwork.

This might be our most challenging murder mystery scavenger hunt. For other options, check out all of our Virtual Murder Mystery Games. You can join games open to the general public on select weekends, or book a private game anytime. The hunt’s afoot!


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The Murder by Team Building Game: Virtual Edition

A virtual murder-mystery game for team building

Terrible news! Watson Adventures game host David Park was on his way to your office to lead a team-building activity today, but a killer had other plans for your group. David was found dead in the parking lot. We need your help to expose the killer and catch him before he strikes again.

We have reason to believe that David led a secret life. He created today’s virtual murder mystery game, and we suspect that there are clues in it that could help unravel the quandary of his death. We need you to play David’s game to see if you can uncover any clues to what he was up to and why he disappeared. 

On teams, you’ll tackle trivia questions, solve fun puzzles, and—spoiler alert!—uncover evidence of spies, intrigue, and assorted skulduggery. Can your team crack a code that can stop an international incident with cataclysmic consequences? 

A Watson Adventures host will lead the game via Zoom or other video conferencing—setting the scene, offering guidance, announcing how the teams are doing, and supplying hints if you get stuck. 

The game requires one hour, and anyone with access to a computer can participate. It’s a great way to unite offices, stay connected with people working from home, and boost morale. You’ll having fun while collaborating in a fun, new way.


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The Murder Mystery Mayhem Scavenger Hunt

Beware: there’s a killer in your midst

Someone playing this game with you is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde. His or her good side knows nothing about the evil side—and the evil side has challenged you to prevent your own murder. Everyone in your group has been poisoned, and the clock is ticking down on your time left to live. To reveal the killer’s identity, you’ll have to complete a series of photo challenges, solve interlocking puzzles, decipher coded text messages, and more. If you succeed, you get the antidote. If you fail…well, you know.

If you love escape-room games, you’ll love this scavenger hunt. But even better, you won’t be locked in a room for an hour: this game can be played virtually anywhere. 

A murder mystery scavenger hunt perfect for team building

Here’s a game that will help you solve the mystery of how to entertain a diverse group of people while boosting morale and teamwork. It’s perfect for any private party or a corporate team-building outing of any size. Our clients who have enjoyed this game include T-Mobile, TD Bank, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Michigan in Washington, and others too numerous to mention. Contact us to learn more—and find more fun anywhere!


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The Murder by Team Building Game: Office Edition

The murder-mystery game you can play anywhere

Terrible news! A Watson Adventures host, David Park, was on his way to lead your team-building activity today, but he was found dead in the parking lot. We need you to go through David’s backpack of game materials and see if you can figure out who would want him dead and why.

On teams, you’ll play the game that David created, answering trivia questions, solving fun puzzles, and—spoiler alert!—uncovering secret messages that reveal that David was leading a double life. There might even be a spy in your group!

We’ll send you the backpack full of game materials, and a Watson Adventures host will participate via video conferencing to get the game started and to answer questions (and offer hints) as you go along. A host can be there in person for an additional charge.

The game requires one hour and can be played in any room where you need to provide a break for your group, ramp up the fun, and get people to bond and work together in a whole new way.

A Teens Edition is also available. Contact us to learn more how we can help your group find more fun!


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Murder Mystery Games in Your City

Catch a killer in a museum or neighborhood

In more than 30 cities across the U.S., you can take your group on one of our acclaimed murder mystery scavenger hunts that explore amazing locations. In museums or historic neighborhoods, you’ll follow a trail of clues and search for hidden details and surprising secrets about places and objects you find. The questions you answer help you unravel a murder mystery story and crack a code that points to the villain and the motive.

The hunt’s afoot! To find out where you can get your Sherlock on, search for your city on the Find a Hunt page, then select the “Murder Mystery” Theme to discover venues that offer those hunts. Or contact us!


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The Killer Trivia Slam

A pub quiz meets a murder mystery

Can your team master an unusual array of trivia quiz challenges—while piecing together the puzzle of whodunit? The host of your trivia game didn’t make it to your conference room: a killer had other plans for him. But we think that the host, who created the quiz, left clues in the game that might reveal who had it in for him.

The only way to make sure the killer doesn’t strike again is for your team to put your heads together to tease out the answers to trivia questions, identify snippets of popular song, solve perplexing puzzles, and untangle a tale of international intrigue, all before time runs out!

Learn more about this team-building activity in Trivia Games—or contact us before the trail grows cold!


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