Number of Players: 6 or more
Age of Players: 8 and above
You will need: No equipment necessary
Preparation: No prep needed
How to Play:
Players all stand around or sit in a circle and one person is chosen to be the detective. The detective goes out of the room and a murderer is chosen. Everybody knows who the murderer is. The detective is let back into the room and must stand in the middle of the circle. They have 3 chances to guess who the murderer is.
The murderer must look into the eyes of those around the circle and wink. When they wink – and the person sees them wink at them – they must fall down dead. The murderer wants to wink when the detective is not watching if possible. The detective has until the last person dies to detect who the murderer is, however, the quicker they detect them the more survivors they will make!
DEATH, HEAVEN and MURDER: The ‘Wink Murder’ game is all about… murder. It’s not nice hearing about death or thinking about murder. We know that murder is wrong and a sin. Yet death is something that happens to us all. The amazing thing is that death isn’t the end; we can all enter heaven if we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. All we have to do is invite him into our lives and begin living for him! (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 2 Corinthians 5:8, Revelation 21:4)
DISCERNMENT: ‘Wink Murder’ is all about the detective learning to work out or discern who the murderer is. The Holy Spirit can help us discern – to know – how to make right decisions and tell godly things from world things; right things from wrong things. (1 John 4:1, Philippians 1:9-10, )
SIN: ‘Wink Murder’ gets you thinking about what sin can really do. Sin can cause people to do terrible things. Sin is thinking about yourself and putting your own needs and wants first. When we do that, it separates us from God. He can’t be around our sin. We need to ask for God’s forgiveness and the forgiveness of others too. (Romans 3:23, Galatians 5:19-21, Colossians 3:5-6, James 4:17)
PAIN and SUFFERING: When you play ‘Wink Murder’ it might seem to make suffering appear fun, but we all know that suffering isn’t fun at all. We all hate to suffer and feel pain, and we don’t like it when others feel it either. The thing we do know is that Jesus knows what it means to suffer; he hung on a cross and died a painful death for us. He is able to comfort us in our pain. (Romans 8:18, Revelation 2:14, Psalm 147:3, 1 Peter 4:12-19, 2 Corinthians 1:3-8)
WISDOM: In the ‘Wink Murder’ game the detective must work out who the murderer is. In real life we have to make tough decisions too. We sometimes need to work out the truth. To do that we need to have wisdom. (James 1:5, 2 Chronicles 1:10, Proverbs 1:7, Psalm 111:10)