Smashed Hits Poll Winners Murder (all girl game)

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Each year, pop stars all over the world wait eagerly for their nominations and subsequent invitations to the annual Smashed Hits Poll Winners Party. This year has been no exception.

With the awards ceremony about to take place, the stars gather in the wings, each one hoping for their big moment on the stage as the winners are announced. As each nervous nominee arrives they are greeted by the evening’s presenters, which tonight includes the famous Doug Beldof, the key organiser of the Elastoplast concert for famine relief in Ethiopia.

Tensions are high already, but then disaster strikes – Doug is found dead – in the ladies toilets no less!

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Characters in the 6 player game:

May Donna
Always in vogue with the latest fashion, May Donna is both stylish and sexy and dresses to show off her figure and fabulous dance routines.

Mimi Mia
A member of the famous BABA pop group from Sweden, Mimi loves her psychedelic blouses, headbands and flares.

Cyndi Leaping
In outrageous clothing, and with hair of varying colours; Cyndi is a girl who just wants to have fun.

Kylie Invogue
A young innocent looking newcomer to the pop world, Kylie has been lucky, lucky, lucky with her singles, yet still manages to cultivate her girl next-door image.

Tina Turnaround
With a powerful voice, well proportioned legs and HAIR; Tina is simply the best around!

Katie Shrub
Romantically dressed, with enormous earrings and plunging neck lines, Katie never fails to pull in the men, even if her voice is so high she is close to shattering glass!

Additional characters for 8 player game

Tanya Wilsox
Visually stunning with eye makeup to die for, Tanya is one fiery redhead you certainly wouldn’t want to mess with.

Kim Tame
Young, blond, tanned and busty; Kim has everything going for her, and makes the most of it whatever she wears!

Additional characters for 10 player game

Whitney Housedown
With frizzy hair and huge hoop earrings, Whitney just loves the bodyguards!

Sheena Weston
Dressed for her secretarial day job, Sheena always manages to catch the early train and work 9 to 5, before transforming into a pop singer at night.

Additional characters for 12 player game

Belinda Cardiff
With silky auburn hair and cheeky freckles, Belinda is as close to a heavenly body as most men get!

Annie Detox
A thin, peroxide blond with minimalist style, Annie pays most attention to her lips; which, after all, are what earn her the cash!

Additional characters for 14 player game

Mariah Hairy
Young, busty and with long flowing hair, Mariah has a fantastic tan and dresses to show off her fantastic legs.

Celine DeLyon
An iconic romantic singer, Celine has large jewellery, flowing dresses and a tendency to go on, and on, and on”

Additional characters for 16 player game

Ginger Halliwell
A fiercely patriotic redhead, Ginger is often sporting union jack clothing and has a very strong voice.

Britney Spearmint
Rich, famous and with an interesting taste in clothes, Britney is prone to violent mood swings and needs careful handling.

Additional characters for 18 player game

Charlotte Cathedral
A classical crossover singer, Charlotte is a modest dresser with an unusually normal home life for a pop star.

Cherie Shoop-Shoop
With long dark hair and a tendency towards the gothic look, Cherie has an impressive voice and a big mouth.

Additional characters for 20 player game

A Danish blonde, Whiggy likes to get everyone moving and dresses to enable her to carry out her energetic dancing.

Irene Caravan
With a slightly gypsyish sense of dress, Irene is always deeply moved by her feelings.

Never run a downloadable murder mystery before? Then don’t panic!There is no special acting required. Guests do not need to memorise any information, and everything they need to play their parts is provided to them in a handy printable booklet. The games are constructed so that everyone has to interact, and scripted dialogues are included to help break the ice and get everyone into character. Even total novices get into the swing of things quite quickly!

The game includes both sound files and a script for the inspector character who provides the setting, clues, and summaries for each round, as well as the final solution. This means as host you too can play and remain completely in the dark as to the culprit, or play the inspector yourself and invite an extra guest to the party!

Each downloadable dinner party game requires use of a printer, around 120 sheets of A4 paper (each character booklet is around 9 pages long), envelopes so you can send out your invitations, and either a laptop or MP3 player (e.g. an ipod) to play the inspector MP3s; OR a CD burner so you can burn the MP3s onto a CD to run in an ordinary CD player.

When you purchase this kit you will download the following files:

  • How to use this game
  • Instructions for running the murder mystery
  • Making the most of your theme- ideas for decoration / activities.
  • Invitations
  • Character Booklets (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Scripted for the inspector character (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Solution script for the inspector character (needed when printing from the single sided copy)
  • MP3 files for the inspector character (dialogue and solution)
  • Hints and tips
  • Recipe suggestions
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase

When you purchase this kit as a printed kit you will receive through the post:

  • Instruction booklet (includes hints and tips)
  • Invitations and envelopes for all the guests
  • Character booklets
  • CD of the inspector
  • Inspector booklet in a sealed envelope so you don’t find out the solution by accident!
  • Making the most of your theme and recipe suggestions booklets.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase (printed inside the booklets)

We can customise this game.  However, sadly we do have to charge for this service as even minor customisations take between 1-2 hours to process in the office and we need to buy toilet roll and biscuits as much as the next person…

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not add in the inspector as your extra guest.  The inspector can usually be male or female as the “for real” inspector can simply invent a new name for themselves.

Some hosts prefer to play the inspector role as it means they can work on the catering while the round plays out amongst their guests.

5 reviews for Smashed Hits Poll Winners Murder (all girl game)

  1. this murder mystery was great it’s really fun and has exciting charecters you can get dressed up really adventuresly I would deffinatly recommend it.

  2. Louise, my delightful god-daughter, phoned me from darkest Kent: “Can I have my 13th birthday party in London?” “Yes!”, I said “Can I bring my friends?”. Don’t you, just sometimes feel you’ve walked onto a sucker punch? I decided to do it properly; personalised t-shirts, helium balloons, themes etc etc. They came for a 2-day sleepover and on the Saturday evening after the compulsory visits to Camden Lock they found I’d turned the dining room into Hollywood with some room decorations and posters and we had a gala 7-course dinner awards ceremony. The Oscar for “Best carpet painter” had a number of nominations – 13 yr-olds are keen decorators but a bit sloppy with the roller. … of course everyone won an Oscar, engraved with their name and nomination. “Orangest Oompa Loompa” going to the girl who’d had a spectacular accident with some hair dye a few weeks previously. It had mostly washed out by the time of the party. I decided to be chef, set up 2 tables banquet style, and was found murdered in the toilet just after the first course. My daughter in her 20’s played the 8th girl and her husband was a dinner jacketed emcee and also played the detective. But it would have gone fine regardless. The plot’s great, and after a little initial nervousness, I tell you, this bunch of teens really got into the parts. The plot really lent itself to having the awards ceremony AND the murder mystery all going on at the same time and this flexibility in the design of games from this site made it a no-brainer to use this plot. Additionally the owner of the site was really helpful in indicating which plot would work best for a gaggle of teen girls. She was right. It worked brilliantly and apparently the party as a whole has been the talk of Louise’s class for a week. It’s the 2nd murder mystery I’ve used from red Herring. I don’t plan to go elsewhere for the third.

  3. We had a fab evening with the Smashed Hits game – Much fun was had by one and all, I will definitely do another! Thank you for a birthday night I will remember!

  4. This was my first murder mystery with a bunch of ladies who aren’t outgoing or actors. It was very novice to observe but completely worth it!

  5. (verified owner)

    Having read the review of Louise’s party for 13 year olds, I was initially unsure about the suitability of this murder mystery party for my daughter’s sixteenth birthday (was it potentially too young for her?).

    However, my daughter’s desire to ‘do something different’ from the many 15 & 16 year old parties she had been to over the previous year, comprising of a rom com film and pizza (yuck!), led her to consider that my suggestion of a murder mystery party was a fantastic idea. So, scanning the Red Herring website a couple of months before her Christmas birthday I stumbled upon this Smashed Hits game and with several singers and budding actors amongst the invitees, we decided upon this game.

    Invitations were printed, written in gold pen and sealed with sealing wax to provide an official appearance. Given the timing of my daughter’s birthday (29 Dec), we were surprised and delighted that all invited could attend. Indeed, all invited were very excited by the murder mystery party idea.

    As the time approached, I sprayed some old CDs gold, purchased some black card on which to mount them and turned pictures hanging in our dining room and entrance hall into gold discs of past 1980s pop stars. A 1980s menu was planned with warm chèvre on garlic toast, followed by lasagne and salad and then raspberry mousse, followed by birthday cake! Menus were printed in gold writing and bound in gold card. They looked very authentic if I say so myself!

    Our dining table was removed from our dining room and replaced with four small garden tables, each to seat three, covered in white sheets and decorated with gold ribbon and table decorations with gold candles. The dining room was set for a gold record awards dinner!

    As the teenage guests arrived they were greeted by me, dressed as a waitress and providing canapés and Buck’s Fizz. Whilst a couple of participants were not quite sure what to make of this and had not come dressed in character, they all very quickly got into the spirit of the game, particularly those who had really prepared their costumes well, in advance.

    Guests were duly invited into the awards ceremony reception (our dining room!) and the game began in earnest as I quickly swapped my waitress appearance for a detective. By this time those 15-16 year old girls who were not quite sure what to make of it all, soon got into character. They particularly enjoyed attempting to guess ‘whodunnit’. None guessed the murderer so none of the prizes I had bought in advance were given out!

    Feedback both I and my daughter have subsequently received have suggested this to be the best birthday party ever!

    Thanks to Red Herring. We will definitely choose to host this sort of party again.

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This game is rated Teen
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.
A murder - violence suggested.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour


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We contacted Red-Herring-Games for a party for a special occasion. Why going to restaurants to eat is the preferred activity to mark milestones is beyond me and my friends.   The choice of mystery was obvious, looking at the options from New Zealand on the web Red Herring stuck out from the international options.  A quick look at the site and games showed subtlety as well a range of choices.  The numbers you could have for each evening was important,  Red Herring had scaling options a good range of scenarios but most importantly were Jo and team being flexible, responsive and helpful.

Rachel McWilliam, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire

Thank you Red Herring Games for the marvellous 'Murder!  Cargo Connections?' event that you organised for us as part of Museums at Night at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. The whole evening went so well and was brilliant fun.  I know from all the feedback that our visitors had a fantastic time. It was really good working with you and I have no doubt that we will do again in the not too distant future.  

A. Nonymous (council employee)

I would like to thank you and your colleague for helping contribute towards our successful conference last month.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy the evening and it was rewarding that so many delegates were able to participate in addition to the main "Actors".  Our conference evaluation froms included the following comments:
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Sarah Spencer (Cleethorpes Chronicle)

I had no idea what to expect before purchasing a ticket for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which was being staged at a nearby hotel, and feared it might involve taking part in some way. However thankfully for me no acting was necessary, just some amateur sleuthing. "Wedding guests" of which I was one, were called upon to move from room to room in the hotel in groups, questioning a number of possible murderers with the aim of solving the mystery of the dead bridegroom. The interviewees were really fun characters and gave us all some good laughs. Of course they all had motives and it was a case of identifying the shiftiest. The wedding theme was particularly good, as it fitted well with the venue, the buffet that was part of the evening (with a wedding cake in the middle) and the fact that everyone had been able to dress up to fit in without going to the trouble of fancy dress. I didn't think I had enough "evidence" to actually accuse anyone but later regretted not even writing down my first guess as it wouldn't have been too far off the mark. The evening was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take part. I would definitely recommend Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as good for getting even reluctant or first-time mystery party-goers involved.  

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