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  • Writer's pictureAaron Khoo

Murder Mystery Game - Sherlock In the Making - How to Formulate Your Deduction Theory

As you navigate the twists and turns of the mystery to pursue the thrill of capturing the right culprit, crafting a theory that unveils the truth requires careful consideration of motive, means, and the weapon/evidence at hand. Let's dive into the process and equip you with the tools to formulate an airtight theory.

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Let's embark on a thrilling journey of deduction and uncover the steps to crafting an unshakeable theory for a murder mystery game / crime scene investigation game:

1. Delve into Murder Motive

Delve deep into the realm of human desires, secrets, and conflicts. Scrutinize each character's motives, uncovering their hidden agendas and personal stakes. Ask yourself: What would drive this character to commit such a heinous act? Look for personal grudges, hidden relationships, or a desperate need for gain. A strong motive is often the cornerstone of a compelling theory.

Ask yourself:

  • What drives them?

  • What personal stakes are involved?

2. Scrutinize the Murder Weapon/Evidence

Analyze the available evidence and the choice of weapon used in the crime. Examine each character's access to the weapon, their familiarity with it, and whether they had the opportunity to acquire or use it. Consider the forensic evidence, fingerprints, or any other trace elements that might link a character to the weapon. A character's connection to the weapon and the presence or absence of evidence can be crucial in building a solid theory.

For games with room or character body searches, make sure you look high and low for all possible associated evidence pertaining to each character!

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3. Analyze Murder Means

Evaluate whether the character possesses the means to carry out the crime. Consider their skills, resources, and opportunities. Does their occupation or background provide them with specialized knowledge or access? Could they physically or intellectually execute the crime? Without the necessary means, it becomes increasingly challenging for a character to be the true culprit.

Scrutinize the behavior and actions of the characters before, during, and after the crime. Pay attention to their interactions, verbal and non-verbal cues, and any inconsistencies in their stories. Look for signs of nervousness, attempts to divert suspicion, or unusual behavior that may point to their involvement. A well-constructed alibi may cast doubt on their guilt, but don't dismiss the possibility of an elaborate ruse.

4. Connect the Dots in the Mystery

Piece together the puzzle by connecting motive, means, and the weapon/evidence. Look for patterns, contradictions, and logical links that tie the suspected character to the crime. Seek coherence and consistency in your theory, ensuring that every piece of evidence aligns to form a cohesive narrative. Be mindful of alternative explanations and actively challenge your own theory to strengthen its validity.

Ask yourself:

  • Does the character's motive align with the crime?

  • Is there another better or less risky approach to committing this crime to attain the same benefit?

  • Are there ulterior benefit / spillover benefits that may rope other suspects into the picture instead?

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5. Test and Reassess

Test your theory against alternative scenarios and consider other perspectives. Reevaluate your assumptions, double-check your facts, and seek input from other players. Engage in discussions, debate theories, and challenge one another's conclusions. Through collaboration and healthy skepticism, you can refine your theory and ensure its resilience against scrutiny.


Armed with your iron-proof theory, confront the character you suspect of being the true culprit. Present your evidence, challenge their alibi, and carefully observe their reactions. A guilty party may exhibit signs of distress, attempt to deflect blame, or struggle to maintain their facade. Stay vigilant for any cracks in their armor that may expose their true nature.

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Learn what would a player taking on the role of the M*rderer do in a game from this article. Picking a page out of their play book may help to even the playing field.

So, gather your wits, analyze the clues, and embark on a journey that will challenge your investigative skills to the fullest. Ready to give it try?

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Remember, murder mystery game is a delicate dance between deduction, intuition, and the art of deception. As the plot unfolds, keep an open mind, adapt your theory if new pivoting information arises, and embrace the thrilling uncertainty that lies within. The pursuit of an iron-proof theory is a testament to your sleuthing prowess, and the satisfaction of uncovering the truth is an experience like no other.

Want to remove the backstabbing possibilities during your game play? Consider our new game mode: Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) and learn more about this new game mode here!

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