Several months ago, I noticed an ad that kept popping up on my podcasts for a murder mystery game called Hunt a Killer. Perhaps you’ve already heard about it, too. I’d never done anything like it before, and was definitely intrigued! I decided to go for it and start a monthly subscription last December (Merry Christmas to me!). Five months in, I’m loving it and thought I’d share a little bit more with you how it works (and also, how you can save on your first box).
After subscribing, you’ll receive your first box in the mail. (Delivery times may vary, but you’ll receive email updates about the order and shipping status, including a tracking number.) When you get your first box, you’ll receive a list of all the included items. It’s very important to make sure you have EVERYTHING before you get started, so you don’t end up missing a vital clue!
Take the time to scour everything you received. Are there codes hidden in any letters that you’ll need to decipher? Are there important omissions in documents? Any connections you can make between items? Carefully consider the pictures and objects you receive.
If you get stuck, there is plenty of help. Each box includes a “recap” list which will help make sure you’ve crossed every “t” and dotted every “i.” I also discovered that there are Facebook groups for every box you receive. I have participated a few of these after reviewing my box to discuss theories, get helps for clues I’m stuck with, and just interact with other people solving the same murder mystery!
I also would like to mention that I’ve had several interactions with customer service at Hunt a Killer, and they’ve all been fantastic! I have found that the employees that work there are passionate about their product and extremely responsive.
Make the most of your Hunt a Killer Experience
I have found the game is a lot of fun to unwind on the weekend, but there are a few other ways to consider playing the game:
- Make it a date night! This would be a very inexpensive date night in. Make a big bowl of pasta and grab a favorite bottle of wine.
- Make it a girls’ or guys’ night. Boxes arrive every month, so it would be fun and easy to schedule a Friday night party to discuss the case.
- Other group play ideas. I’ve seen some folks enjoy the game with their adult children (maybe something fun to do over the summer, when they’re home from college?). Get the neighbors together, or trying solving with coworkers over lunch breaks.
It’s also a ton of fun to organize your space. My husband bought me a great cork board with push pins so I could keep key clues handy. Others love stringing yarn across their boards to connect the dots.
I’ve enjoyed seeing how others in the HAK community have reserved areas of their home for solving the mystery. Of course, if you do not have room, you’ll be happy to know each month’s box is slim. I just grab a Sharpie and mark which box in the series it is, so I can stay organized.
Getting started with Hunt a Killer
There are currently three plans available (subject to change at any time):
- Monthly: $30 + $3.95 shipping
- Season Pass (6 months): $27.50/mo + free shipping, prepaid ($165 at checkout)
- Double Season Pass (12 months): $25/mo + free shipping, prepaid ($300 at checkout)
I ended up paying for the season pass, since it’s a bit of a savings and I enjoy free shipping. I ended up getting the story called Initiation, which is 6 parts, one part sent every month. This is currently their most popular plan!
No matter which plan you go for, Coupon Project readers can save 15% off your first box when you use coupon code 15PERCENT at checkout!
I think Hunt a Killer would be an inexpensive alternative to other date night or girls’ night options, plus, it’s a lot of fun and very engaging. I’m always surprised when I look up to see that a couple hours has just flown by. I hope you’ll give it a try.
If you have any questions about Hunt a Killer, please ask away! I’m happy to do my best to answer them. I’d also love to hear if you’ve tried this for yourself.