Psycho Killer is a fun, hilarious and strategic game in the same vein as Exploding Kittens. It is based on the tropes and cliches of retro horror flicks from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Psycho Killer takes 3 minutes to learn, 15 - 30 minutes to play and can be played by groups of 2 - 6 players. Screw over your friends and see if you can survive the psycho killer!
The long answer. Day to day we are escape room designers and owners of Escape rooms Canberra in Australia. When our business was forced to close due to covid-19, we decided to pivot to creating tabletop games for people to play at home instead of coming to our escape room. And so escape tabletop games was born.
After coming up with psycho killer, we launched a kickstarter campaign and raised over 25k from over 300 backers from all around the world. From June 2020 to November 2020 we were hard at work figuring out how to make our first card game in the middle of a global pandemic and in December 2020, it all finally paid off. Since then we have sold over 1500 copies of the game and have opened our market from Australia to all over the world.
The short answer. We're just a couple of dudes who love retro horror films and making fun stuff.
All copies of psycho killer heading to Australia, new Zealand, Singapore and the rest of the world come straight out of our warehouse in Canberra, Australia.
Copies in the u.s. ship out of our shipping house in San Jose, California. If you are a U.S. customer and are looking for your tracking info, click here!
Yes, you absolutely can! We have a wholesale section right here on our site with all the information you'll need to stock psycho killer.
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If you aren't 100% in love with Psycho Killer then we are super happy to offer a 90 day return period from your time of your purchase. All you have to do is send the game back in good condition and we will refund you the entire price of your game, no questions asked! If you are unhappy with the game, please head to our return centre and we can get the process started right away!
Right, before you flip over the table and storm off, have a quick gander at the faqs below. with each card having its own rules there are a lot of different ways to interpret the game. We have put together the most common questions about individual cards, so you should hopefully find the answer you are looking for below.
If not, then hit up the chat and ask us your question directly. we are usually pretty good at getting back on time and enjoy hearing all the different "house" rules that can pop up.
If I don’t have any cards, what happens to me? You still get a card but do not pass one on.
Can I pass on the card that I received?
No, you cannot. Nice try!
I picked up a Psycho killer but I had no Signal. Can I play my double tap or slam the door?
No, you cannot. Those are cards and you can’t play them.
I played a No signal and then reversed the direction of play. Who Am I screwing over?
End your turn. Whoever's turn it is Right now doesn’t get to play a card.
Do I Have to give away two cards, or can it just be one?
It HAs to be two! Decisions, decisions!
Can I play the card that I just picked up from the discard pile?
Yes. Playing book of the dead doesn’t end your turn so you can keep on playing after you’ve picked up the card that you want.
Can I double tap someone else’s Psycho Killer?
Can I double tap a betrayal?
No, stop asking!
Can I count in the deck where I place the psycho killer?
Yes, we encourage it!
I just picked up a psycho killer. Can I play a reanimate to put it back in the deck?
No, you cannot. You can only get rid of a psycho killer that is already in your injury pile.
Can I still PLay this card if I don’t have 3 points worth of weapon cards in my injury pile?
Yes, you can and you just pick up or give away what you currently have.
Can I pick up or give someone a psycho killer?
No, you cannot, only weapon cards.
Can I stack these cards up to pick up or get rid of 6 or 9 points worth of weapon cards?
Clever! Yes, you can. It Might help with that pesky chainsaw.
Do the weapons go in my hand or injury pile? Hand! You’re welcome!
Can I pick up my own weapon cards?
Yes, we recommend it!
There isn’t 5 point worth of weapon cards in everybody’s injury piles!
Just pick up what there is and count yourself lucky.
Do predicament cards and psycho killers count towards six cards I draw from the deck?
No, they don't. Including the card you kept, you should end up with 7 cards in your hand.
What if the cards can't be split evenly?
The player that you combined hands with can choose which pile they want.