Parents' Guide to

Suspects: Mystery Mansion

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Unclear aspects may render this multiplayer murder game DOA.

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age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

It's constantly annoying

This game is literally stupid There's no age limit The content says it's for ages 12 plus but There's kids younger than 12 playing the game In a lobby you could see one 6-year-old 2 6 or 7 8-year-olds and a lot of underage people and probably a few 10 or 17-year-olds The game is constantly annoying There's too much cursing They don't even censor the chat for cursing One thing that gets off my nerves is There are too many annoying kids I really hate that there are kids screaming and arguing and voting off people for being too old It makes it hard to think when playing the game Is there too many kids arguing and saying like Let's vote off panda Cuz he didn't do a task or they vote off something for being too scary Can they really add an age limit like make lobbies for age groups 6-10 10-13 13-15 15-17 and 18+ lobbies so it's more easier to find people the same age as your age I don't mind if I'm playing with a lot of six or seven-year-olds Can they really just censor curse words I do not like it when kids say Shut the f up They really need to censor curse words like in chat or voice chat and add something where you can turn the voice chat up or down cuz it's too loud and annoying pls devs Fix your game
age 5+

Didn't see a minimum age

Despite what another reviewer posted I put my son's correct birthdate in when we started the game and it still let him play. He is 5 years old. I would definitely make sure you talk to your children about not giving personal information to strangers on the internet. Because you can talk to the other players to the microphone.

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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While this murder mystery attempts to draw in players, the lack of instructions and glitchy controls ruins the fun. Clues are scattered around a stately home in Suspects: Mystery Mansion. Players can pick up items -- such as a book highlighted with a yellow outline in a bookcase -- for a closer look. They're also supposed to finish items on a list of tasks, such as putting away scattered tools, or completing mini-challenges, such as fixing a water issue with plumbing pieces. Players also try to disarm bombs the killer has placed to blow up the mansion. If you're killed, you can stay in the game as a ghost, which lets you move around the mansion more freely, and you can still complete your tasks. You can also watch the game play out, but can't ring the bell or vote.

The game instructions aren't detailed, which quickly becomes an issue. As a guest, you're essentially told to complete your tasks, report dead bodies, and discuss and vote the killer out -- but aren't told how to do any of those things. Players need to figure out how to move their character around and pick things up. When a player rings a bell to report a murder, everyone's taken to a screen where they can discuss the killer using their phone or other device's microphone. Although players enter their birthdate before starting the game so it can be customized to their age, teens may find themselves matched with very young children -- and, as a result, the discussion can vary in content. Also, since there's no guarantee that players will choose the murderer correctly in chat, games can reach a point where it feels like there's not much left to do but walk around rooms repeatedly waiting for something to happen, which isn't too exciting. The controls and audio can also be glitchy at times, although the game claims to be under constant development, so future changes may iron out those issues. The concept has promise -- the voice capabilities are a somewhat novel way to collaborate with other players, and the murder mystery could serve as a fun way for younger players to use logic and other critical thinking skills. But without more guidance on how to play, though, Suspects: Mystery Mansion seems more likely to confuse players than intrigue them.

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