Criminal Case

Common Sense Media says

Gruesome crime scenes become Facebook hidden-object puzzles.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players work with a team of investigators and experts to solve criminal cases. Players are firmly on the side of "good" in a clear-cut "good guys vs. bad guys" storyline.

Positive role models

Players are detectives who investigate and solve murders. There are plenty of positive role models such as police colleagues, forensic scientists, and others who help solve the cases. Players also interview unscrupulous suspects.

Ease of play

The hidden object scenes and mini-games are very simple to learn and play. There is some time pressure, since players are scored higher if they find objects quickly.

Violence

Murder scenes show the aftermath of deadly violence. Frequent images of realistic blood and gore, such as a woman with her throat slashed, a severed hand, and a bloody knife.

Sex

Some murder victims are shown nude (with private parts tastefully hidden), such as a man lying in a bath tub.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Players can use real money to purchase premium currency to speed up the game.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some mild privacy concerns. Players can share game updates on their Facebook wall. Players aren't under too much pressure to "friend" strangers since friends are not absolutely required to enjoy the game.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Math

  • patterns

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • deduction
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Math

  • patterns

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • deduction
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Kids can learn patterns and puzzle solving by playing hidden-object scenes and simple mini-games like jigsaws, tile puzzles, and number scramble puzzles. Kids deduce the right suspect by analyzing clues, such as the killer being right-handed or wearing a tie. Criminal Case provides kids with opportunities to improve their vocabulary by finding items on lists and hone their reasoning skills by solving puzzles and a mystery.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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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?

QUALITY
 

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?

Game details

Platforms:Facebook
Price:Free with Microtransactions
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Pretty Simple
Release date:November 21, 2012
Genre:Adventure
ESRB rating:

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old October 4, 2013
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

No younger than 12...

I like this game and I sometimes play it but it can be a little boring and it can be quite gruesome.

What other families should know
Too much violence

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