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Highlights

  • Hunt A Killer has shipped over 4 million games to murder mystery fans all over the world. They’ve taken all of their expertise and created an immersive investigation that can be played in one sitting.
  • An authentic and immersive investigation. You’ll feel like you are solving a real-life murder mystery.
  • A great option for date night, game night, teaming up with friends and family, or just playing on your own.
  • For 1-5 players. 90 minutes playing time. Ages 14 plus

Description

BECOME A DETECTIVE
One morning in the middle of a luxury cruise in the Caribbean the charter, William Bonnys, wakes up hungover and makes a morning trip to the sauna. There, he finds the body of Rachel Veinson, the yacht’s stewardess. Captain Javier Rackhams attends to the scene and initially declares the incident an accident. Nevertheless, he still diverts course to Nassau, where the official authorities look over the scene, coming to the same conclusion.

But deckhand Jennifer Hornigolder doesn’t believe this. Rachel would never be so careless as to simply slip and fall in the sauna. Jen believes a murder was committed. She collects evidence and air-mails it to you from Nassau. She needs your help finding the murderer before the yacht reaches port in Florida and the killer potentially escapes for good.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF
A deductive reasoning mystery game that is great for players of any level! Realistic evidence and documents guide players through a challenging and immersive experience.

Do You Have What It Takes?
Old-fashioned detective work
Use evidence to complete a timeline of the crime and eliminate suspects based on means, motive, and opportunity. Discover the code to a locked tin, translate Morse code, interpret walkie-talkie codes, decipher a cryptic glyph language, and review maps of both the ocean and the yacht itself.

Crack the codes
Hunt A Killer is packed with puzzles and ciphers that are not for the faint of heart. But the reward is well worth the effort. Every puzzle will get your mind working and bring you closer to solving the case!

Every detail matters
Hunt A Killer isn’t just about solving a murder. This game tells an immersive story. You’ll learn about the backstories for a variety of characters, their complicated relationships to each other, and experience everything unfold.

What’s in the box?
An All-In-One Experience
Solve an entire investigation in one sitting! In this all-in-one box, you’ll take on the role of an experienced but out-of-practice private investigator and review clues to rule out suspects.

Handcrafted Evidence
Crime scene evidence and photos along with physical items you can touch pull you into the story. This yacht-themed game is full of interesting and exciting evidence.

First-In-Class Experience
With over 2 million boxes shipped and over 100,000 members strong, Hunt A Killer is the world’s premiere murder mystery company. Since 2016, we have been putting you in the detective’s seat and challenging you to Hunt A Killer.

Help When You Need It
Worried that it will be too challenging? Each case has a dedicated hints page that offers spoiler-free hints for each item in the box as well as solutions if you are really stuck.
Suggested Age: 14 Years and Up
Type of Game: Strategy and War Games
Playing Time: 90 Minutes
CPSC Choking Hazard Warnings: Choking_hazard_small_parts
Number of Players: 1 or More Players
Educational Focus: Creative Thinking, Language Skills, Problem Solving, Social Skills
Includes: Instructions, Game Pieces
Package type: Full Game
Material: Cardboard
Battery: No Battery Used
TCIN: 85008799
UPC: 860003320082
Item Number (DPCI): 087-10-7219
Origin: Imported
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Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 2 inches length x 9.5 inches width x 10.5 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.18 pounds

Return details

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3.4 out of 5 stars with 75 reviews
46% would recommend
26 recommendations
quality: 3.58 out of 5
broad age appeal: 3.22 out of 5
value: 3.32 out of 5
length of play: 3.21 out of 5

No thanks

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
James - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
I want to give a Zero!!!! I’m unhappy about this one. I tried out “dive bar” and it was so good. However, this one it’s pretty much all online!!! It was no fun when you are playing with people and trying to enjoy the time. You have to be on your phone the whole time! I would had liked to have all the evidence on hand! Def did not enjoy this one at all.
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Do not recommend

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Thestallion - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
It says to download an app and provides a QR code. When you scan the QR it says app unavailable. You can solve it without the clues on the app (without guessing). Wouldn’t recommend.
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fun but long

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
aereyona - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
loved the concept of this one and the variety of evidence items that came with it, BUT I think that the morse code and symbols were overkill. they just added more time to the game and turned out to not be essential in solving the mystery, although they were helpful. it took us double the estimated time to finish the game. with all that said, I would still recommend buying the game and will for sure be purchasing more HAK boxes. being a detective is fun
length of play: 2 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 3 out of 5
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One time game :(

1 out of 5 stars
Peter - 2 months ago
You can only play once?
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Who designed this?

2 out of 5 stars
Hunter - 7 months ago, Verified purchaser
I've done three of these now, and can say that the codebreaking in this is just the right balance of difficult and reasonable. HOWEVER, the game makes the inexplicable decision to add a completely unrelated crime in which is the sole purposes of those codes, which took three hours. As far as solving the actual murder, the object of the game, we were able to figure it out within 15 minutes of looking at the 'digital drive' on the app. So, if you're looking for a murder mystery, this game is not good. If you're looking to have a decent time cracking irrelevant codes, this is the game for you!
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Waste of time

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
alyssa - 8 months ago
My family and I are huge murder mystery lovers, so I bought this game for family night. It took us 3 hours to finish! The clues were so far fetched and the killer made no sense to us. They also added random crimes to the characters that was unnecessary. After playing we quickly wished we had the money and time wasted back. Sadly we don't have a Time Machine to get the time back. Get this game if you like being disappointed.
broad age appeal: 2 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
quality: 2 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Great game BUT...

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Hello - 10 months ago
This game is surprisingly fun but it’s a 1 time game you can only play it once. If I had known that prior I wouldn’t have spent 31$ for it. It’s good to re gift possibly but if you try and play it again it would useless because you already cracked the code. I do find the app that needs to be downloaded to play it is a bit annoying because I don’t like digital games hence why we buy BOARD GAMES. All in all if you want a fun game for 1 night then I guess it’s worth it but it’s a hard no for me.
quality: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
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Money Back, please

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
HAK Aficionado - 11 months ago, Verified purchaser
Nope. Hated it! I am a HAK subscriber and an avid "detective" but this box was horrible. There was too much information that needed to be gleaned from very little actual evidence provided. I had the murderer figured out within the first 30 minutes of playing but wanted to finish everything to make sure I was correct. There were lots of red herrings and too much open ended, not solidified "evidence" that I just gave up.
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Boring

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Kez - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Story was very boring. There were no crime scene pictures, no real connect the dot moments that were remotely exciting.
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Fun but very time consuming

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Natalia - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
This was a fun game! We played it for the first time with only 2 players. It came with so many clues that it was a bit messy. It is also VERY time consuming. You do have to download an app which also gave us more clues but made it last longer 😭
quality: 4 out of 5
value: 4 out of 5
length of play: 3 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
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Know Before You Buy

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Craig - 1 year ago
Bought this last minute because we wanted a competition murder mystery game for five people. NOWHERE in the Target add does it say ANYTHING about having to download an app to play the game. On the box at the store there is a small block that states app download is required, but not very noticable. It took our group of four over six hours and the creation of a time line to solve the murder and it was fun, but took a little too long. The material supplied by the app was very important to solving. The makers put a lot of money into the production and the material in the box and on-line show that and that quality made the game much more enjoyable. A fun activity for a large group. BUT, plan on more than 90 minutes and let people know that you need an app in order to play.
broad age appeal: 4 out of 5
length of play: 2 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 4 out of 5
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Fun date night game !

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Alexisreece91 - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Such high quality and doesn’t compare to the other ones like this on the market I really look forward to playing
length of play: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 2 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
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Perfect for a Rainy Day

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Rose - 1 year ago
My friends and I have been playing Case Files, and after running those dry we expanded to these. We GREATLY prefer this series! First, we liked that it doesn’t “hold your hand”, like other games do. It’s all self guided. The online/app sources are really cool too, with video witness statements and PDF files as evidence. Because of this, it felt a bit more challenging. The other types of games like this tend to be more repetitive, using the same kinds of evidence and similar plotlines and challenge levels to them. I can understand the price point on the larger box sets, and we will be investing them later. Just a warning though, we spent nearly an HOUR on the first puzzle, which was a tin box with a combination lock. After getting nearly every possible combo wrong, we started putting in random combos until it opened. Using the online answer sheet we realized our lock was screwed up, because the real answer was the very first one we tried, and proceeded to try multiple times. So that was frustrating, and the only reason I’m not giving it a perfect 5 stars. Other than that, we’re really excited to dip our toes into more of this game series!
length of play: 5 out of 5
value: 4 out of 5
quality: 3 out of 5
broad age appeal: 2 out of 5
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Poor product

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
- 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
The mystery isn’t solvable without downloading the app. And even with the app it felt like there were poorly planned clues. The solution felt like a huge jump in logic and there was no real feeling of accomplishment.
length of play: 3 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 3 out of 5
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Great way to spend a lazy day

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Thumper9980 - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Loved this case and highly recommend
value: 4 out of 5
broad age appeal: 4 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
length of play: 4 out of 5
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An unfortunate way to spend a Saturday night...

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
unknown120 - 1 year ago
We had four Syracuse University graduates play this game and we could not understand the relevance of the lizard smuggling ring to this game. This game literally has no point, and we would give this a 0/10. My hope for humanity has diminished substantially. This is three hours of my life I can never get back.
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Literally the WORST

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Former mystery lover - 1 year ago
We are avid mystery box people and this was honestly so painfully awful. it would have been great if they were clear MOST OF THE EVIDENCE WAS ONLINE!!! like if i bought the box for $25 I would think everything would be.. in the box???? Now I have this dumb app and a broken spirit. the detective in my soul has died. thx
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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First Murder Mystery! Loved it!

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Andy V - 1 year ago
Played with my partner and at first we had issues with the lock not being able to open. Took us a extra 30 to 40 min to twist the lock correctly even though we had the right code. Enjoyed the decoding in the game whilst my partner liked the videos from the app. We both questioned though why to had so many documents on the app, we would like things like the trainer manual and captains log to be physical to be easier to compare between other documents. Took us around 3 hours, can’t wait to get another!
value: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
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Worst Game

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
abk - 1 year ago
Worst game ever. Not only is it not a traditional board game, you cannot play it more than once. There’s no structure to the game and you have to download an app which defeats the purpose of playing a board game. If you want to spend hours reading, then this is the game for you.
broad age appeal: 3 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Not good

2 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
E - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
It feels like HAK is trying to move away from using physical clues and instead putting them on their website but it does not add anything to the experience. The number of items in the box were noticibly few compared to other HAK iteratations like Death at the Dive Bar or Mystery at Magnolia Gardens. All of the things on the app could have been physical printouts or booklets to include in the box because they were all things that aren't enhanced by them being digital. I also highly recommend just using the website version instead of using the app because on the app, the videos are impossible to skip around on and zooming in on the clues does nothing since the resolution stays the same. I ended up needing to read the witness statement transcripts anyway, so HAK should have just included printed ones to begin with. One last bad thing about this game that's crucial to the entire story: one of the items in the box is supposedly found at the crime scene, but there isn't a single thing that indicates that it was found there. Usually the letter at the beginning of the HAK game tells you where each item was found, but not this time. The only way I found out was by reading the hints section on the HAK website. The story itself was actually mildly interesting so it's a shame that the execution was so awful.
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