Public engagement project
The Curse of the Burial Dagger
An interactive graphic novel murder mystery, suitable for players aged 10+.
About this activity
The Curse of the Burial Dagger is an interactive graphic novel murder mystery, suitable for players aged 10+. Help Susie uncover different types of forensic evidence, solve puzzles and weigh up contrasting hypotheses.
The game is suitable for families or school groups to play in groups and you can play it at any time.
When everyone is a suspect, and a killer is on the loose, is anybody safe?
A mansion near Dundee, 1923. Susie Sato finds herself investigating a murder when her great-uncle and host Lord Hamilton is found dead in his private museum, an ancient Egyptian burial dagger protruding from his back. Could it be the curse of the dagger, an object Lord Hamilton was warned not to remove from the tomb? Or could something else have caused his death?
A collaboration between the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science and Fast Familiar, the team behind Bad Altitude (‘a cut above the rest and needs to be played to be believed!” ★★★★★) and National Elf Service (‘An absolute stand out game in the whole play-at-home genre’ ★★★★).
Can you uncover the events leading up to Lord Hamilton’s death and deduce how he died… before the curse strikes again?
Play via a computer using Chrome or on a tablet using Safari.
The game is suitable for families or school groups to play (advised age 10+).
Up to 6 people can play at once through one link (we have a group booking option for classes of up to 30).
We have created additional resources for schools.
You can play it at any time.
You can either
- Play with people in the same physical space as you, with all of you around the same computer
- Play remotely with friends/family who are in different places – you’ll all need to be playing at the same time, and you need a WhatsApp group or to have a Zoom running (other video call providers also available)
What is The Curse of the Burial Dagger?
It’s a murder mystery in the form of an interactive graphic novel. You’ll follow Susie as she investigates, helping her solve puzzles and weighing up contrasting hypotheses to figure out who killed Lord Hamilton. It’s also a comedy - if you’ve played any of Fast Familiar’s puzzle games, you’ll know that we like players to have a good time while exercising their grey matter.
We have additional resources available for teachers to run classroom sessions with the game and print certificates for completing the activity.
Winner of ‘Best Mystery Game’ at the 2021 Bullseye Awards
Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic ScienceLRCFSPublicEngagement@dundee.ac.uk