Hello my armchair sleuths, fans of true crime, lovers 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. If you haven’t tried it, your first box is 20% off.
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 17 mystery subscription boxes for fans of Hunt A Killer or rookies looking to get into the crime game.
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 in your life. 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!
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!)
Escape the Crate is a good family game that generally plays out in under two hours. So if you’re looking for a group escape from TV and other devices, this is the perfect way out.
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.
The cases in Cosykiller play out over the course of a year, so this subscription is for investigators with a genuine 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.
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.
Are you and your crew into history? This Madmen & Heroes subscription box combines disentangled puzzles, ciphers and mysterious enigmas surrounding historical figures and events.
Choose between The CRAAAFT — which stories rooted in folklore — and the Resistance — which is based on real-life resistance movements throughout history.
Each month is a stand-alone story, so get your thinking caps on and get ready to go back in time to solve some of the world’s greatest mysteries.
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 great for the entire family.
Use the code “chattersource” and get 10% off your first Madmen & Heroes box no matter what package you order!
Dispatch allows you to choose the mysterious, crime-solving adventure you want to begin. 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 two 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.
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.
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!
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 exciting 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.
This immersive subscription box from A Killing Affair makes it feel like you’re playing out your favorite murder mystery television shows. With your first box, you start with Season 1, Episode 1, and receive a new episode each month, and all seasons are five episodes long.
From secret messages and hidden clues to evidence and a list of suspects, you’ll be able to piece it all together in the season finale and convict your killer (and see if you got it right).
For this box, Internet access is required to engage with some of the subscription’s immersive online content.
Gather your most incredible group of adventurers for the Society of Curiosities quarterly subscription box. You’ll receive maps, letters, artifacts and more to help you crack the mysteries surrounding each adventure. Reviewers have stated that this box’s mechanics are fun and very different from other mystery boxes if you’ve already tried other subscriptions.
Get a new mystery every three months that gives you roughly two to five hours of playtime.
For those looking for a more paranormal box, Chilling Screams is the way to go. Take on the challenge alone (if you dare) or gather your investigation crew for a story that’s delivered to you through six chapters. Get one chapter a month that comes with audio, video, puzzles and physical evidence. Your first box will ship on the 14th of the month.
Internet connection is required for some of Chilling Scream’s immersive content.
Do you enjoy Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder or any other role-playing games? The Dungeon Crate will make those RPG experiences more enjoyable with mini figurines, terrain, dice, original adventures and a Digital Crate.
While this may not be a mystery subscription box, it has items that will create a more personal and enjoyable experience for your already-owned mystery games and puzzles.
Reviewers have stated that this box is the perfect subscription for those interested in learning more about Dungeon and Dragons or other RPGs but aren’t sure where to begin their journey.
Boxed Locks was designed for those who enjoy discovery and puzzle-solving immersive experiences. Each box comes packed with props and clues to help you navigate and discover the final code to unlock the chest. Boxed Locks also states that you’ll receive several items that you will want to keep after you’re done solving the lock, making it more than just a puzzle subscription box.
A bonus? Each box comes with hint cards, so you will never have to worry about not being able to crack the lock.
If you’re into discovering the secrets of ancient civilizations, going on spy adventures or solving intricate crimes, the Enigma Fellowship has got you covered. Get an “escape room-style, at-home narrative-driven experience” every two months packed full of ciphers, letters, puzzles and interactions in 3D space.
Internet connection is required for gameplay, interactive components, hints, solutions and a Virtual Gamemaster.
This subscription box is carbon negative because every game you buy plants a tree.
If you’re shopping for your child, check out the Etsy small business MissionUnboxable. The set we are featuring — Six Month Subscription of Top Secret Missions, Spy Games, Spy Gadgets for Secret Agent — will get your young one six months of “missions”, which include creating a secret identity, decoders, fingerprinting and solving mysteries.
With 2,500 sales and a five star rating from 450 reviews, we think your little detective will fall in love with their new box each and every month.
Customers have also praised the fast shipping, as the first box — which comes with a black briefcase to hold all their detective gear in future boxes — will arrive in one to three business days.
Dust Off Your Detective Cap
Consider what you want out of each box you receive, what you need to make you happy with your decision, how much time you’re willing to set aside for the mystery and how much you’re willing to spend each time you get a new box. Once you’ve narrowed down these factors, you’ll be ready to dust off the detective cap and get to solving those mysteries.
Most of the listed subscriptions work better if you have your family or crew helping you out, but don’t let that stop you from taking on any case on your own.
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The 17 Best Mystery Boxes Like Hunt A Killer:
- Deadbolt Mystery Society
- Escape the Crate
- Finders Seekers
- The Conundrum Box
- Madmen & Heroes
- The Gray Matter Sodality
- Sleuth Kings
- Murder Mystery In A Box
- This Whodunit is KILLER
- Society of Curiosities – Adventure by Mail
- Chilling Screams
- Dungeon Crate
- Boxed Locks
- Enigma Fellowship
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