Everything You Need!
The Gumshoe Detective Agency games for kids are adventure parties in a PDF. You get everything you need to run the game – Crime Scene, Clues, Gumshoe Casebooks, and easy to follow instructions. Each Party even includes a fun and educational facts page – we believe in learning while you play!
Two Games In One
Each Gumshoe Detective Agency PDF is two fun party games in one – a Whodunnit to catch the bad guy, and a Clue Hunt to find the missing loot. Your gumshoes match the evidence to the culprit with simple crime scene investigation techniques, then puzzle out a series of clues to find the treasure.
Read your Gumshoes the Scenario, give them their Gumshoe Casebooks, and stand back! Once it is set up the game runs itself. Don’t be surprised if things get quiet – that’s the sound of active, engaged minds at work.
The Most Flexible Party On The Net
Gumshoe Detective Agency parties are excellent and a ton of fun just as they are. Play them as printed, with our ready-to-go Crime Scene and Clues, adding only the loot and props that you need. Follow our Dress It Up suggestions and make your own evidence and add some decor. Or go all-out with props and decor for a themed party they’ll never forget!
Turn Castaway Critters into a ‘stuffie’ party by having your young guests bring along their favorite stuffed animal to the adventure. Their pets can be the ones which must be saved or they can help rescue others by finding the stolen treasure! If it’s summer, put up a plastic wading pool in the back yard and finish up with a pool party or water balloon dodge ball.
Turn Hobo Heist into a sleep over by having your guests bring their overnight items in a hobo bindle and their sleeping bags to camp-out in a hobo jungle. Begin the party by making hobo bread in a can and cook it in your oven while the kids track down clues! It will be butter melting hot and yummy by the time they find the stolen dynamite! Make the snack complete with Hobo Apples – an apple with the core removed and filled with peanut butter.
Turn Fossil Furor guests into amateur paleontologists by hiding tiny toy dinosaurs around the home and/or yard for the sleuths to discover after they have found the stolen fossil. You could also hide heat resistant items baked in a mix of flour, salt, water and coffee grinds (for the colour and texture) so that the kids will need to bust them open to discover their own fossil inside.
Replace some of our paper clues with the actual items: pictures of candy with real candy (make sure no one eats the evidence before the mystery is solved), pictures of coins with real coins, pictures of keys with real keys and like that.
Create hideouts and a crime scene. We give you pictures to use but you can dress them up by making them part of a diorama or staged area. Turn a corner into the Gumshoe Detective Agency and place the crime scene picture there. Let the kids or birthday child build forts out of cushions and blankets to place some or all of the suspect clues in.
Dress up dolls to represent the suspects – or get willing adults to play the roles. They can sit in their hideouts and give silly answers to all the questions they are asked. The clues are all pictures or items and that’s what the mini detectives need to crack the case so it doesn’t really matter what the characters say.
Decor can be added on each of the themes. For Castaway Critters a sandy beach with palm trees, exotic birds and pirate paraphernalia will set the mood. For Hobo Heist you can add all kinds of train and railroad related pictures and items and/or a hobo jungle with make-shift tents or lean-toos and a campfire. For Fossil Furor you can go with cave man and dinosaur decor or the inside of a museum with lots of cool exhibits, microscopes, etc.
If you are really gung-ho, play themed sound effects in the background. Wild bird and animal calls for Castaway, train whistles and rumbles for Hobo and dinosaurs stomping through the bushes and assorted squawks and shrieks for Fossil.
REMEMBER . . . the more fun you put into it, the more fun your gang will get out of it! Enjoy playing the party host to an awesome event!
Need Help? No Problem!
We’ve run these games countless times, and there is no question we can’t answer. Just email us at jrv(at)mysteryfactory.com and we’ll help you along. Your Gumshoe Mystery Party purchase includes unlimited email support and enthusiasm. We think the grown-ups should have at least as much fun as the kids! Making your child’s party into an unforgettable childhood memory is one of our fondest wishes.