Homicide in the dark

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Homicide in the dark
Type: communication game, memory game
Number of players: about 10
Location: everywhere
Equipment: none
Duration: about 10 minutes
Preparation: none

Homicide in the dark is a communication and memory game for groups of around 10 players. A detective has to identify a murderer during the game.


You don't need any equipment.


First, you select a detective; this person has to leave the room.

Among the other players, you select a murderer. The detective of course does not know, who the murderer is. Then, the detective enters the room. The may then ask each player for his alibi. When he has asked all players, he still cannot tell who the murderer was. So, the detective then asks each player a second time for his alibi. In the second round, each player repeats his alibi, but the murderer makes an error however and tells a somewhat different alibi. By recognizing this error, the detective has to identify the murderer is.


  • You can also play this game without any detective. The trainers select the murderer and tell him (secretly!). Then all players tell their alibi twice in an open round (probably, with a short break in between the two rounds of telling the alibi). In this variant, all players may guess, who the murderer is.