Do murder mysteries intrigue you? A Bangalore-based company, Riti’s Murder Games, now lets people be a part of a murder scene and solve mysteries. With storylines ranging from hostage situations, ghost stories and even underworld brawls, the plots ensure that people become a part of the crime scene and interact with one another to find the culprit from among them.
“I am a huge fan of murder stories, whether in books, on films or TV. Also, I was a journalist for 15 years and having seen real-life crime events from close quarters, stories began shaping up in my head. So the idea just fell into place,” says MD Riti, founder of Riti’s Murder Games. Riti began by conducting games for friends. “People enjoyed them and wanted to be part of more such games.” So she turned it into a full-time venture.
The company today caters to the party crowd as well as trains corporates in a bid to enhance their problem-solving skills. She says, “Several companies approached us with the complaint that their staff wanted to be told exactly how to complete a task while they wanted them to be independent. These games helped the staff enhance their task-solving skills.”
There are several variations of the games – closed door (for small groups) and supper theatre (for large groups). The plots are original, but have been tweaked to suit urban scenarios, settings and characters. This is to let the participants have an instant connect to their characters. Also, no background has to be provided.
Plots revolve around underworld dons, bandit Veerapan and movie stars. In the course of the story, a murder is committed and people play different characters including the murderer, victim, suspects and investigation officers. She says, “There is a thrill involved in being a part of a murder and then wondering who killed the person and why. You look at all possible scenarios, dismiss certain people and zero in on their suspects.”
The company has worked with several parties including IIM-B and regularly conducts sessions at corporate offsites. A minimum of eight to 10 people are needed to conduct the game, as one needs enough people to play suspects, detectives and, of course, the murderer. Riti says, “However, there is no upper limit. We have conducted these games with 100-125 people.”