“On Sunday, November 15, at around 9 p.m., the Berkshire police received an alarming call from an anonymous guest who stayed at the Thompson’s Mansion where wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson took place. Mary Thompson was found dead in her room. Cause of death : unknown. No signs or break-in….”
Completion Time: 45 minutes
Date Played: 12th of May 2020
Party Size: 2
I absolutely love a good murder mystery – I think I’ve been a fan of true crime since I was a young teenager, and obsessively listening to podcasts such as My Favorite Murder and Serial has only grown this fascination! So finding and playing this game was an absolute gem to me and ticked all the boxes.
The Mysterious Murder from French company Escape Kit, I have to caveat, is not what I’d call a traditional escape room. You’re not (really) on a timer, there’s no room to escape from, and the puzzles aren’t typical. But none of these are negatives. In fact, the ‘constraints’ of a play at home escape room do not apply, and The Mysterious Murder really thinks outside the box of what is possible.
Once you’ve downloaded the game, you’re encouraged to set up different pieces of evidence in different rooms. Some in the bathroom, one in the living room and so on. This turns your whole apartment into the crime scene, which is a very cool addition.
From therein, you work through each evidence in turn – evidence 1, 2, 3… At each stage, a little bit more of what happened on the fateful night of the murder of Thompson is revealed.
I would say it’s of medium difficulty – good for beginners or families for sure! Nothing too challenging in there and we only needed to use a clue once. More importantly … Was it good fun? Absolutely! Hercule Poirot, eat your heart out!
The Mysterious Murder can be purchased from Escape Kit‘s website for $22.
Mairi is the editor-in-chief and covers escape rooms/immersive theatre in London, play at home games, and video games.