Online Escape Games VS Murder Mystery Games

online escape game vs murder mystery

Online escape games or a good old murder mystery? We know that both are awesome and have become the center of social entertainment in recent years. But what are the differences between these two types of games? Which game offers a better experience? How do we choose the perfect game for our event? Well, we’re about to answer all these questions and more. Keep reading this article to find out all you need to know about these two types of games.

Online Escape Games

If you’re not already familiar with the online escape game phenomenon across the world, you’re definitely missing out! Especially if you are a fan of solving puzzles and riddles. The premise of this game is relatively simple: players need to complete a series of different tasks in order to find clues, gather information, and gain passwords to find the solution to the game. Depending on each escape game theme, players need to: find the killer, solve a robbery, rescue a hostage, find a treasure, or stop an imaginary threat. In other words, online escape games are the little brother of an escape room game. The difference between these two? Well, the name says it all.

Online escape games are played virtually. The players don’t need to be in the same room, they can communicate remotely via Zoom, Google Hangout, Skype, or Teams. Usually, an online escape game is played on a platform where all the details, documents, puzzles, and hints are found.

Murder Mystery Games

If you are a fan of murder mysteries or a true crime enthusiast, you have definitely heard about murder mystery games. With a history of decades, murder mysteries have become a favorite pastime at parties or gatherings. It all started with Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes novels and over time these murder mysteries and detective stories have become social games. You can read more about the history of this games in our article A History of Murder Mystery Games.

The premise of this game is also very simple. Usually, the game follows the storyline of a murder committed somewhere by an unknown killer. The task to complete the game is to find out who did it and why. At the beginning of the game, players have at their disposal innocent and guilty cards. Each player will draw a card in secret. This way, the murderer will be chosen randomly.

When you start the game, there will be different suspects with all sorts of alibis. Your job is to ask questions, investigate and compare these alibis to find out who is lying, why, and who is the actual killer.

Now that we have a clearer picture of each game, let’s see who the winner of each category is.

Storyline

Murder mysteries wins this round by a small margin. Having in mind that murder mystery games have a long history with detective novels, and a close relationship with unsolved crimes – it’s no wonder why they win this category. Murder mystery games have a good storyline, with great details and secrets. Furthermore, when you play a murder mystery game you will have a narrator/story teller that will conduct the timeframe of events. Each player can add to the story making it more interesting.

Challenges

When it comes to challenges, online escape games are the winners. Without a doubt, an escape game is more complex in terms of the challenges that players need to face to solve the game. From riddles to puzzles and other detective tasks, escape games are full of challenges and brainteasers.

Characters

This is a tricky one. We tend to believe that murder mysteries characters have a plus in this category by the simple fact that they are played in real-time. Each player can bring to life his character and add small details to enhance his role. More than that, each player can dress up as to his role and create a better overall experience of the game.

Suitability

The short answer: depends!

Virtual escape games are perfect for team-buildings events, while murder mysteries games are more suitable for theme parties. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have an online escape game party or a team-building event where you and your colleagues can find who is the killer in your murder mystery.

Cost

The cost for a virtual escape game is between 30-60 Euros and can be played by 4 to 6 people. A murder mystery game party kit starts from 10 to 40 Euros and can be played by 6-10 people. But keep in mind that a murder mystery party has also additional costs in props, while online escape games are ready to go without additional costs.

So, who is the winner?

It’s hard to say. If you want an electrifying party experience, consider a murder mystery game as the best alternative. But if you want to bond with your team or family over the excitement of hunting for clues and the joy of solving problems- then an online escape game is the best option for you.

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