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Murder on the Dancefloor (14–20) 15+

Author: Murder Mystery Games  Date: 05 December 2021

Murder on the Dancefloor – a 1950s murder mystery party game with a diner dance-off setting for 14 to 20 guests.

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Murder on the Dancefloor – a 1950s murder mystery party game with a diner dance-off setting for 14 to 20 guests.

"Everything about the game was great!"
Julie (playtester), United Kingdom

Recommended for ages 15+
Costs US$39.99
Written by Terence Smith

Murder on the Dancefloor is a dinner party murder mystery game for 14 to 20 guests and one or two hosts –download the free introductory pdf file.

Join us in a thrilling evening of suspicion, double-dealing and murder. You will be in the middle of the action and it will be up to you to wheel and deal with the other guests. Can you achieve your goals, keep your secrets hidden and survive Murder on the Dancefloor? It's up to you.

Murder on the Dancefloor

It's the 1950s, small-town USA: and tonight Flo's Diner is the place to be. It's the most popular place in town, and the local hangout for teens and adults alike. Neon lights flash out front, the checkered dancefloor sparkles inside, and the seats are polished to perfection.

Tonight the diner is set to host the town's annual Dance-off competition. Famous celebrities have arrived at the event to help judge, while many keen locals and newcomers wish to participate. As the sun sets in the sky, the diner fills with people and the night begins. The dancefloor is flashing, milkshakes and burgers are being served constantly, and there's a great vibe of enthusiasm.

But suddenly a terrifying scream echoes throughout the diner, causing panic! Local bad-boy, Ricky Johnson has been found dead in the male restroom by his best friend, Mikey Reed. Mikey found Ricky on the bathroom floor, with a fatal knife wound to his chest.

With the local police officer already at the diner, everyone is told to remain on the premises. Detective Hudson has ordered all exits and entrances to the building locked until further notice. In an effort to not completely destroy the night, however, Flo has arranged for the Dance-off to carry on as normal.

With the Dance-off only an hour away, and Ricky's killer unknown, many mysteries hang in the air: so just who did commit Murder on the Dancefloor?

Murder on the Dancefloor lasts for about four hours and is suited to an evening. It is often played over a meal – a finger buffet if possible to allow guests to circulate and talk in private.

"Lots to do, very clear, very enjoyable! I liked the way everyone has a list of things to achieve."
Angela (playtester), United Kingdom

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the Weekly Herald – plus details of how to buy the game.

These are the characters in Murder on the Dancefloor:

Number of
guests
Male
characters
Female
characters
Ungendered
characters
14 5 6 3
15 5 6 4
16 5 6 5
17 5 6 6
18 5 6 7
19 6 6 7
20 6 6 8

How Freeform Games Murder Mysteries Work

Murder on the Dancefloor is unlike many murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, most of the characters have more important things to do than to investigate it. And the killing may not be over – it is unlikely that everyone will survive the remainder of the evening!

Murder on the Dancefloor is played just like a murder mystery game. You may be trying to solve the murder, but primarily you are (initially at least) concentrating on your own goals and objectives. Unlike most boxed murder mystery games, Murder on the Dancefloor lets you decide how to achieve your goals and thwart your enemies.

"The evening was a huge success: I loved the theme and the whole game!"
Elaine (playtest host), United Kingdom

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Diner Manager, and welcomed to Flo's Diner.

They then receive their detailed backgrounds – including dark secrets, objectives and money. The fun then begins as they form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items and maybe even try to murder one another! Along the way they may uncover some of the mysteries of Murder on the Dancefloor. Who is Bailey Higgins's father? Who attacked Penny Hodge? Who broke into the diner's safe, and who is the agent of a gas company? And, of course, who killed Ricky Johnson?

Depending on what the players choose to do, there are several different possible endings, but finally everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.

Extra characters

Sometimes you have too many guests and you need more characters. So we've written a free extra character for each of our games that you can add in, and some of our customers have created their own characters for their parties and are kindly willing to share them.

Please note that we haven't always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.

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