What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Criminal Case is a hidden object game played on Facebook. The game is free to play, but players can pay real money to unlock new content more quickly. Players investigate gruesome, bloody murder scenes that include dead bodies and severed limbs. While gameplay is simple enough, the content is definitely not suitable for young children.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- solving puzzles
- work to achieve goals
- meeting challenges together
Engagement, Approach, Support
Criminal Case has appealing visuals and hidden-object gameplay. The mysteries are enjoyable, but events unfold slowly since players must keep playing levels to earn stars before they can continue the investigation.
Kids use visual acuity skills to find objects in the puzzles. Additional mini-games don't stray from the crime-solving theme, but they don't add much more depth to the experience. Kids can play unlocked levels in any order.
The hidden-object levels offer players ample hints. Kids will earn stars, achievements, promotions, and new outfits for their efforts, and the game tracks progress and high scores.
What's it about?
As a detective in CRIMINAL CASE, players investigate murder cases by searching for clues in hidden-object scenes. Players earn stars for completing missions and spend them to examine clues in the lab, interview suspects, and eventually piece together enough evidence to identify the perpetrator and solve the case. Players can receive support from Facebook friends who are also playing the game by taking them on investigations as partners that grant extra hints and bonus points.
Is it any good?
Criminal Case is a polished hidden-object game with interesting mystery stories built around each chapter of seek-and-find gameplay. But the game suffers from pacing issues. It takes many play-throughs of the same handful of scenes (albeit with a new list of randomized items to find each time) before the player unlocks enough stars to move things forward. The story also drags due to having to wait several hours of real-time to receive certain lab reports. Unless you're willing to pay to speed things up, Criminal Case will be a slow-moving experience.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about detective stories. Are there any TV shows, books, or movies that this game reminds you of? Why are stories and games about detectives so popular?
Does the gory, graphic content help to make the experience more realistic, or is it too gruesome for you?
What aspect of detective work (such as investigation, interrogation, or forensics) do you find most interesting?