Hello my armchair sleuths, fans of true crime, lover of the macabre. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re already in the know about Hunt A Killer. If not, let me clue you in.
This massively popular mystery subscription box gives you a chance to put on your detective cap and solve an intricate and chillingly convincing murder mystery. It’s not for the faint of heart. And not for the entire family.
Every month you’re sent a box of clues to help track down the culprit. Official documents, personal effects and newspaper clippings show up as the plot continues to thicken. The story unfolds over six months (six boxes) until you (hopefully) figure out whodunnit.
If you’ve ever fantasized about being an investigator or venturing into the head of a serial killer, it’s your creepy dream come true.
But these days, Hunt A Killer isn’t the only mystery game in town. Yes, there are more crimes to be solved and adventures to be had. They range from simple virtual escape games that last a few hours to stories that unfold over a series of months.
Many can be played with the whole family. Some might leave psychological scars. To help you track down the subscription that’s right for you, we’ve laid it out all plain and simple. Mystery solved!
Here’s a list of the top 10 mystery subscription boxes for fans of Hunt A Killer or rookies to the crime game.
Deadbolt Mystery Society - ($21.67/Month)
If you love suspense, but don’t want a detective story that plays out over six months (like Hunt A Killer), the Deadbolt Mystery Society could be the answer you’re searching for. Each box contains a stand alone case that you’re asked to crack.
In the box, you’ll find evidence, puzzles and interviews that will put your crime-solving skills to the test. It also has some fun interactive components that make the stories more immersive.
In general, Deadbolt doesn’t focus on gory details, so it should be okay for teens. And if you feel hesitant to commit to a monthly subscription, you can also buy stand alone boxes to try it out. Problem solved!
Escape the Crate - ($26.50 Every Two Months)
This is another subscription that’s low on macabre details. Each box will challenge you to crack codes and unravel riddles in order to escape a virtual scenario.
It could be an Egyptian tomb, a pirate ship or even Alcatraz. In the crate you’ll find letters, puzzles and other surprise objects to help you flee your dire circumstances. (You’ll even find some bonus items as a reward for solving prior mysteries!)
Finders Seekers - ($25/Month)
Perhaps you consider yourself a super sleuth and are looking for a bit more of a challenge. In that case, Finder Seekers is for you.
Each mystery is set in a different location somewhere around the globe. So while you’re decoding cryptic messages and solving puzzles, you’ll also be learning about other cultures and traditions. In general, the game plays out in about 4 hours.
Some clues will require doing a bit of research online. And it’s also heavy on puzzle solving. But if you have a taste for international flavor and like something challenging, Finders Seekers should work well for you and the entire family.
Cosykiller - ($36.67/Month)
The cases in Cosykiller play out over the course of a year, so this subscription is for sleuths with a real commitment to fake crime.
Each month you’ll receive a package with vintage memorabilia, ciphers, puzzles and even false leads. You can choose to work on your own or gather a team of fellow detectives. Need more help with the investigation? They also have a private Facebook group.
This subscription requires brains and tenacity, so expect to be challenged.
The Conundrum Box - ($25/Month)
Conundrum is a part escape room part choose your own adventure mystery game. Each box has a self-contained case with items of physical evidence, puzzles, ciphers and more.
The fun part about this subscription box is that it includes additional resources like suggested playlists, drink cards and themed recipes to enhance your sleuthing experience.
You can enjoy these adventure mysteries with the whole family. The average playtime is between 1.5 to 3 hours.
Madmen & Heroes - ($27.50/Month)
If you’re a history buff, you’ll like these mysteries based around actual historical events. Inside each box you’ll find photographs, letters, random artifacts and plenty of puzzles.
This is another game that requires a little bit of online activity to solve the mystery. And you’re encouraged to do a little research about the historical figures involved. Along the way, you’ll definitely pick up some interesting tidbits you may never have known.
Madmen & Heroes is fine for the entire family and is a great way to solve the enigma of how to bring everyone together.
Dispatch - ($24.99/Month)
Dispatch allows you to choose the mysterious, crime-solving adventure you want to embark on. Titles include cases like “The Cat’s Eye,” “The Disappearing Magician” and “I, Spy.” Once you choose, you’ll be sent a box each month with evidence and clues that take you from the real world to the web and back.
The adventures vary in length. Some contain just 2 boxes and others up to 7. And if you get stuck at any point, they even have a helpline.
Fun and immersive, you’re sure to be intrigued.
The Gray Matter Sodality - ($25/Month)
Albert Einstein’s brain has been dissected and stolen, and it’s up to you to find the missing pieces and put them together.
This playful story-driven puzzle mystery plays out over 12 months (though each box has a self-contained mystery to solve and that contributes to the overall arc).
If you like to puzzle over puzzles, The Gray Matter Sodality is the mystery box for you.
Sleuth Kings - ($29.95/Month)
In Sleuth Kings you work alongside lead detective Sullivan King to solve a new crime each month. Inside each case file, you’ll find evidence, clues and puzzles to help you get down to the bottom of each mystery.
The cases are stand-alone and play out between 1 to 4 hours, depending on the level you choose. Put your thinking caps on and be ready to sleuth!
Murder Mystery In A Box - ($35/Month)
There’s a killer out there, and it’s up to you to find the culprit. This may not be the kind of fun you want to share with the entire family, but it’s definitely compelling.
Every month you’ll receive things like police reports, maps and forensic evidence that will help you unravel the crime. There are also more intriguing items. It all depends on the storyline; but things like raven feathers, champagne flutes and antique buttons have been known to show up.
Each case is self-contained and plays out in about 2 to 4 hours in Murder Mystery in a Box. Another interesting element is that all the murders happen in the same fictional town, Port St. James. The longer you stick around, the more you learn about this obviously crime-ridden town.
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