Similar to How to Host a Murder type games except much more scripted. Each player receives a packet of cards containing some information about their deep dark past, but mostly containing dialogue which is to be revealed at specific intervals. Between segments (there are several), a tape is played. At the end, everyone attempts to figure out whodunit, even the killer, as he or she is not informed of their crime.
From the box:
Bodger's World--Renowned Variety Circus
Slippery Sid, the fearless escapologist.
Padlocked & bound, Slippery Sid was attempting to escape whilst suspended upside down in a tank of water.
Something went terribly wrong during Sid's stage act; the police have formed the opinion that foul play was involved!
Roger the Ringmaster, Anna Conda, Raisa Legovo, Sven Garlic, Wanda Lust, Buster Gutt.