If you live for crime dramas like Sherlock and Mindhunter, and harbor fantasies of becoming a detective yourself, then Hunt a Killer will be right up your alley. It’s an immersive murder mystery game unlike any other. Every month, you’ll get a letter and a box of clues from a murderer, and it’s up to you to get to the bottom of the crime.
This game isn’t for the faint of heart—the clues you receive could be anything, from newspaper clippings and codes to grisly evidence from the scene of the crime. Each mystery takes several boxes to solve, giving you plenty of time to set up your own murder board and analyze the evidence at hand while eagerly awaiting the next set of hints. Since it’s a subscription box, you can play as a solo detective or form an investigative team with your friends. And if you get stuck at any part of the game, you can consult fellow sleuths at the Hunt a Killer forum or private Facebook group.
Each box is put together by a team of mystery-thriller writers and curators based in (surprise, surprise) Baltimore, which makes perfect sense, given the city’s famously high crime rates. Because they’re constantly churning out stories, the game lasts as long as you want it to. You have three subscription options: a $30 monthly subscription that you can cancel any time, a 6-month package that costs $27.50 per month, or a 12-month package that costs $25 per month. For the Philippines, shipping costs an additional $25.
If you’re ready to start sleuthing, you can apply for membership at the Hunt a Killer website. Because the demand for boxes is so high, they’re subject to approval, although the application process is simple enough. All you need to do is answer a few questions and if your application is approved, you’ll get an email with a subscription link within the day.