The Melancholy Killer Premium Game

Old price: $199.00

The Melancholy Killer Premium Game

Edgar Lee Dwyer was a traveling poet in the late 1990s who rose to fame as the suspected “Melancholy Killer,” a serial killer who murdered nine people across the country. Twenty years after his arrest, he was found murdered following a prison riot. Can you solve the mystery of the Melancholy Killer?

Difficulty: 5/5 - Hard
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Old price: $199.00

  • Eye for Detail: Especially close reading of the evidence
  • Red Herrings: Information meant to muddy the case
  • Plentiful Puzzles: Puzzles that require critical reading or creating a timeline
  • Challenging Ciphers: At least one challenging code or cipher
  • Self-Guided: Explore the story without being directed

In this story by Peter Gillespie (America’s Most Wanted), a convicted serial killer mysteriously leaves you his belongings after being murdered in prison. Thousands of people believed he was innocent, and as protests erupt around the country, it is up to you to solve the mystery of the Melancholy Killer.

  • In this all-in-one box, you’ll examine the life of Edward Lee Dwyer and the prison riot that led to his death. Enjoy 5-7 hours of gameplay, no subscription required.

  • Solve puzzles, examine clues, and decrypt ciphers to unveil the truth about the coast-to-coast murders.

  • The Melancholy Killer’s personal briefcase will be delivered to your door. Examine official prison documents and other personal belongings from the hands of the serial killer.

This box is perfect for:

  • The true crime fanatic who questions everything they read.

  • A unique gift for the sleuth who has everything.

  • Group investigations on date night or game night.

Do you have what it takes to Hunt A Killer? Immersive, story-driven board games for you to play alone or cooperatively. Sort through evidence, decode ciphers, piece together clues, and catch the killer. It's like an escape room delivered right to your door.

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The Melancholy Killer Premium Game Reviews


(4 Reviews)
Terri H.  Verified Buyer

So much fun!
There were 5 of us (ages ranging from 14-62) who did this mystery box, and it took us 5.5 hours to solve. Time just flew by we were having so much fun—it did not feel like 5.5 hours. It was a little slow in the beginning because there is a lot of information to get through. It seemed so simple. However, the more we read, the more intriguing it became and we all absolutely loved the conclusion. It was so satisfying and so fun. We got nearly everything right. We missed two things, but the funny thing is that it didn’t matter at all because the solution had layers so when we checked the recap it felt like more hidden fun surprises to see the parts we missed. This is our second game and we have walked away both times feeling so energized and talking again and again about the parts of the storyline we loved. Having 5 of us did not feel like too many. It was easier to divide and conquer and share our findings. We could better bounce our ideas off each other and in the end all contributed to a correct piece of the solution. We absolutely recommend The Melancholy Killer. Super fun!

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Thomas I.  Verified Buyer

Good Story, But May Have Missed on Motive
This story was great. There was a lot of online content. I missed the motive. An inmate being killed in prison doesn’t really need much of a motive

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Kristina F.  Verified Buyer

It’s a work of art
My husband and I bought this box set to play on date nights. We’ve bought other less expensive murder mystery games in the past and found them to be too easy and predictable. We’ve also tried other HAK seasons (the monthly subscriptions), but found them difficult to hold our attention with having to wait so long between sessions. So we decided to upgrade and try this box set, and this is definitely the best option for us. Regarding the storyline, I’m happy to report that we were not disappointed! Everything about this game is a work of art, from the character development, to the clues, to the website. There’s so many layers and side plots that at times we forgot what the objective was, which kept us intrigued every step of the way. You’re encouraged to dig so deep into the characters that you start to feel connected to them. In full transparency, I have to admit that we haven’t finished solving the mystery yet so I can’t speak about the final outcome, but after 2 nights (6 hours) in, we’re so infatuated with the storyline that I had to come leave a review. Hopefully the conclusion lives up to the expectations the plot set.

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Michael C.  Verified Buyer

Excellent Quality Mystery
Product is very well crafted. Each piece/clue has great quality.  The story is engaging throughout. You go at your own pace and can solve in a night or two or take a few sessions to discuss what you believe is going on.  This one is a mystery within a mystery.  It’s challenging and yet not frustrating.  Included is digital content which is very well done. Overall it’s top notch! Can’t wait to purchase another one.

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