Teenagers who need a creative and enjoyable way to spend their free time may enjoy murder mystery games. However, at the same time, you want to make sure that these games are appropriate for teens, as some murder mystery games feature adult content such as excessive gore and sexual situations. Murder mystery games for teens run the gamut from party games to video games teens can play alone.
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The ARIS ("Augmented Reality and Interactive Storytelling") iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch app can combine education with imagination in the form of a murder mystery. For example, the University of Mexico hosted an ARIS party for a Spanish class in 2010, asking students to use the ARIS app to locate clues for a fictional murder mystery that "took place" on campus. They had to use their Spanish to successfully obtain clues. You can use the murder-mystery ARIS template in virtually any large location to create a fun, wide-scale murder mystery party.
The teenager with a Nintendo DS can play "Ghost Trick," a humorous take on the murder mystery genre from the creators of the "Ace Attorney" mystery game series. In the game, you play Sissel, a freshly dead ghost who goes on a quest to discover who murdered him before he disappears at sunrise. As a ghost, Sissel's movements are limited to possessing and moving objects and observing other people. IGN's Daemon Hatfield calls the game's Japanese-style humour and 2D animation the most appealing parts of "Ghost Trick," so long as the player enjoys Japanese humour.
Literary Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt
Libraries such as the Texas State Library use murder mystery games to encourage teens to read. You can find out if your local library is willing to stage a murder mystery game such as the Texas State Library's "Body in a Billiard Bag." The aim of the game is to seek out specific young adult and educational books in the library one at a time based on a literary clue. Each book hides the next clue, along with a clue to the identity of the murderer. When the teens have solved the murder mystery, they win.
"Deadly Ever After"
A small murder mystery party game with content appropriate for teenagers suits a small group of teens who want to enjoy a murder mystery game in one location. A game like "Deadly Ever After" allows you to host a murder mystery party for eight to 14 guests. Teens can dress up in costume as famous fairy-tale characters and other literary characters accused of the murder of Scheherazade, teller of a thousand tales.
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- The Chronicle of Higher Education; "'Augmented Reality' on Smartphones Brings Teaching Down to Earth"; Sophia Li; June 20, 2010
- IGN; "Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Review"; Daemon Hatfield; January 11, 2011
- Texas State Library; "Texas Teens Read! Game On! TTR.08: WhoDunIt"; Deban Becker and WyLaina Hildreth
- Host-Party.com: 'Deadly Ever After' Synopsis