There’s a new game out there that you’ll probably kill someone just to play!
May 26, 2020 (Note: This is part of the Humurugy series of satirical posts.)
You’ve probably seen ads for Game Boxes and Mystery Crates filling up your Facebook feeds for months now. Since the pandemic hit it seems like every game designer in the market is offering a mail order Sherlock Holmes-style puzzle, tailor made to keep your kids busy ripping open envelopes and your family busy unfolding old-timey maps.
Ha, maps! Remember those?
Well, the already crowded play-at-home mystery game genre has a new entry… and we bet you’d kill someone just to play it! The makers of the game-in-a-box assassination game “Hunt a Killer” already had a hit on their hands with the popular “Hunt a Killer” gamebox in which voracious stuck-at-home gamers get to experience the thrill of hunting down a fictional murderer through a series of insidious clues and riddle-stuffed envelopes.
But the successful Baltimore, MD publishers were not satisfied to rest on their laurels. This week, the label announced the coming release of their new entry in the burgeoning genre: “Hunt Someone Playing Hunt a Killer.”
Capitalizing on their initial game-in-a-box blockbuster, this new offering from Hunt a Killer LLC allows players to blur the lines between reality and gaming even more. In their new take on the genre, players who purchase the game will receive a kit, delivered to their home, which contains all the clues, suspects and tools to engage in a hunt for a real player of a pseudo-real game of hunting an imaginary killer.
Your adventure begins when you open the box and meet your unsuspecting victim and fellow game enthusiast. The “contents drop” will reveal several pieces of photographic evidence, a cornucopia of personal information, and a list of the hunter’s crimes. In addition, there are intimate photos, non-non-identifying data and crimes for the hunter’s fictitious killer, which you can just throw away.
As you dig through the enclosed materials, you will in short time find yourself immersed in a world of detective work, deduction and doxing. Every turn could bring you closer to your unwitting prey or down myriad rabbit holes, including other killers, other hunters or even just players who gave the publishers bad Yelp reviews.
When you finally narrow in on your prey, the adrenaline will rush through your body as you gain valuable proof you are on the right track, including street addresses, family members and access to the killer-hunter’s private home webcams.
Although the game’s victory options vary from entering your winning time on the leader board to posting the unsuspecting victim’s financial data on the Dark Web to SWATting, in then end, what you do with your quarry is completely up to you!
Hunt a Killer, founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 2016, has found great success with its pioneering game-from-the-confort-of-your-own-home business model, and even more success with it’s prey-on-your-own-customers’-naïveté business model. In the coming months, the company plans to widen its array of products with even more self-cannibalizing games and has announced the following titles scheduled for later in 2020:
- “Hunt Someone Playing Hunt Someone Playing Hunt a Killer”
- “Hunt Someone Hunting You While You Continue Solving a Pointless Fictional Killer Game”
- “Hunt Someone Playing Hunt a Killer Legacy”, and
- “Just Kill!”, which comes in both Co-op and Solo modes.