The Chinese Take-out

It’s a Chinatown. It’s late. The fluorescent lights are on, the smell of oriental cooking wafts down the street as restaurants and fast food outlets get ready for the evening meal rush.

Ting Aling, husband of Ding, is dead! Found lying amidst a mound of washing powder in his own prospering laundry, ‘Washem Kwik’.

Local business owners and associates of Ting Aling have all been called together to a local Chinese restaurant in a bid to uncover the truth of this Chinese puzzle.

From: £21.99


Hire an actor to play the detective – prices start at £291 contact us for more information.

This Game is Rated:


This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.

Gambling Reference – Reference to Gambling dens and getting into debt.
Comic Mischief – Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour
Sexual Themes – References to complex marital relationships, affairs, and one person has been called a prostitute by the deceased.
A murder – violence suggested.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set


Character booklets/scripts


Inspector CD / script


Instruction book


Decoration and recipe suggestions




Character name Labels


Invitation envelopes



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How it works:

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 in a handy 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 (MP3 with a download or CD with a boxed set) 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 “download and print at home” kit is provided as a zip file containing a set of PDF files for you to print at home, and a selection of MP3 files to use on the night.

Each dinner party game requires use of a printer and A4 paper (approx. 80 sheets for a 6 player kit – 240 sheets for a 20 player kit), 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 order the game you’ll be sent a link to download the files you need.  The file will be a zip file.  This can be opened with a zip compatible program on your computer.  If you struggle to open zip files – we can email you the game directly over several emails instead – just contact us after purchase to arrange this.

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

This is the easiest way to play.  Everything you need will arrive in a box, pre-printed, directly to your door.

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 script in a sealed envelope so you don’t find out the solution by accident!
  • Making the most of your theme and recipe suggestion booklet.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase (printed inside the booklets)

We always ship within 24 hours meaning orders arrive as quickly as possible.

As each game is printed on demand, we can also provide a customisation service on any order.  See details further down the page on what we can do to tailor this game to your party.

Characters in the game:

Ding Aling – Co-owner of the Washem Kwik laundry
Married to Ting Aling for over 15 years, Ding Aling is still only in her early 30’s and rather good looking.

Man Do Lin 
– Head of the local Chinatown mafia
In made-to-measure suits and a flamboyant tie, Man Do Lin has the stereotypical image of a Chinese Mafiosi.

Mai Ling List – Owner of Yum Yum Scrum restaurant
Always smartly dressed, Mai Ling List has quite a hard exterior, necessary in such a cut-throat business as hers, although rumour has it she is a bit of a softie underneath.

Fan See Man – Travelling salesman
In a drab salesman-style, hard-wearing suit and with a briefcase of free samples ever to hand, Fan See Man has been there, seen it, done it and bought several T-shirts.

Ching Ching Boom – Girlfriend of Man Do Lin
Young, sexy and fit, Ching Ching Boom uses her generous clothing allowance to maximise her many positive attributes.

Won Kee Nee – Herbalist
Untidy in appearance and with no interest in clothing, Won Kee Nee tends to just grab whatever is nearest in his wardrobe and nothing ever matches.

Customise this game

This game can be customised to fit your event for an additional fee.

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.  Please do contact us for a free quote if you would like any customisations on your game before purchase.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not have someone play the inspector role?

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.