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Murder in the Dark

Relaxing games Night games Large group games


How To Play Murder in the Dark

This game is very simple. Perfect for a sleepover party or a late night camp gamer.

Make a room be able to go from pitch black to full light with the flick of a switch, and I'm serious pitch black. Cover up emergency lights and exit signs, unless it's illegal in your area.

Shuffle and pass out a deck of cards. Make sure that there is only one Ace and one King in the stack. The student who draws the Ace is the murderer, and the student who draws the King is the police officer. When everyone has drawn cards, turn off the lights. The job of the murderer is to walk around amongst the students and kill people by slicing throats with their index finger. If a student "runs into" a dead person they yell out "MURDER IN THE DARK." At this time the lights need to be turned on. If the person killed was the police officer, the game ends. Everyone should guess who the killer is, and if the police officer chooses to reveal him/herself they can make one person show their card. They do not have to reveal their identity. If the guess is correct, the game is over. If not, the lights turn back off. The police officer only gets one chance per round. This repeats until all people are killed, the officer is killed, or the killer is identified. When this is over, take up the cards, shuffle, and play again.

Evidently there is no way to win. The game is incredible fun, and students usually end up playing for hours.

Themes

spiritual warfare

Submitted by Joel on 19 Feb 2008

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This is a little bit too violent
Posted by Rachael on April 9, 2008 at 11:16 am
it is interesting actually
Posted by anonamous on May 17, 2008 at 7:28 pm
oh please this is not violent..reality check
Posted by anonamous on October 25, 2008 at 5:02 pm
i play this game all the time it is not violent if you move stuff out of the way like glass or tables. and i use a hole house to play it a lot more fun!
Posted by TOWNHERO on February 4, 2009 at 7:18 pm
this is so fun and definatley NOT violent
Posted by anon on May 17, 2009 at 11:42 am
I think this game must be played by the youth not the children. actually, it sounds a little bit violent because of the killing factor :) for those who are matured enough, it's ok, but for the children, I think the implication of the game is not that good..
Posted by I say on May 19, 2009 at 11:06 pm
This sort of game has been banned at our youth group...too many kids getting a little too "close" in the darkness if you get my drift. Awkward moments aplenty haha.
Posted by anon on June 30, 2009 at 9:13 pm
I don't think this game is violent at all, but I see how some people can interpret it that way, but you can always modify these sorts of games to suit your youth group, their maturity and age. You can always get the killer to touch people on the head rather than slicing their throat. The possibilities are endless, surely you are all youth leaders so use your imagination and modify the game, this is only an example, and it's not set in concrete to the point that you have to play the game the way it has been written.
Posted by A different perspective! on September 17, 2009 at 9:27 pm
tried this one today - a good variation from Mafia which we are getting a wee bit bored of now. I agree... empty room works best and we got everyone to lose their shoes cause of a painful first run in :) Not violent from a game stand point... but dark enough room and you get bloodshed!
Posted by carla on November 3, 2009 at 3:48 pm
This is a amazing game but we banned it in our youth group as well because of the touching factor. We had no problems with it but some of the kids got touched and didn't mean to. But the kids liked it alot. We also banned hide and go seek in the dark.
Posted by Malory on November 5, 2009 at 1:30 am
thanks i was looking for how to play this. i used to play this at youth group. Its fun :)
Posted by JEss on December 9, 2009 at 8:19 pm
You could always play it in a lit room with good blindfolds on all of the youth. That way adults can observe to make sure that no one is touching others inappropriately.
Posted by YouthPastor/GameModifier on June 18, 2010 at 2:26 am
If this is supposed to be a church youth group why are we playing games that refer to murdering? and cutting throats?? ok a little too much for me
Posted by Ashley on July 22, 2010 at 4:27 am
who play murder in the dark with a deck of cards???????
Posted by sarah on September 3, 2010 at 3:45 am
I used this game in a series about spiritual warfare. We talked about how hard it is to fight an enemy you cannot see. Then we played it again with the lights on. The murderer was discovered instantly! This gave a great picture of what the light of Christ can do for us in our fight against the evil one. I made sure that a "mature" student was the murderer and encouraged my adult volunteers to be engaged in order to "keep the peace."

It was a good experience!
Posted by Student Minister on December 2, 2010 at 5:14 am
same way but little different to my game ok so turn of the light make it dark then chose who is the murder when the murder tap some one they have to scream then murder have to guest their name if wrong another round if right the persin that got tap become the murder
Posted by Jake on December 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm
well, like some of the people said, it doesn't have to be violent.... just use your imagination... It doesn't have to be "Murder" it could be... the cookie monster and the people are cookies. and they got eaten or something. anyways fun game i played it a while back inside a gym with foldable walls. we made a "maze" type of struction with the walls and everyone had a blast :D
Posted by N/A on January 13, 2011 at 8:44 pm
This game is awesome.Also its not at all violent.... :3
Posted by HI on April 25, 2011 at 5:48 am
its moves arawnd and its dark
Posted by wil on June 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm
I learned to play this a different way, but this version is good too! I found it on ehow...just sayin if anyone wants to see that version...have a great day everyone!
Posted by Akc on October 22, 2011 at 6:17 am
rip off of mafia.
Posted by ian on November 7, 2011 at 7:40 am
I tried to play this with a couple of friends and two of their little sisters....not a good game for all ages like I was told...LIARS!!!!
Posted by You don't need to know who I am on November 27, 2011 at 11:30 am
Who said these games had to be tailored for church groups? not that its inappropriate to play this in a christian youth group...
Posted by Matt on March 6, 2012 at 4:49 am
I played this at my youth group and we thought that the finger slicing part was too violent so we just put a hand over the persons mouth and whispered in there ear your dead.I played it at a sleepover yesterday too. :)
Posted by Kennedy on May 27, 2012 at 5:40 am
If it too violent change the actions a bit. The killer taps the head of the victims instead or something. Its pretty simple to change an action, have fun and don't take stuff so literal.
Posted by Ethan Wilson on September 5, 2013 at 5:42 am

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