By Paul Semel,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Good but grisly murder puzzles require cash or patience.
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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Simple controls only require you to tap or slide on the screen to locate objects or move puzzle pieces.
Violence & Scariness
The game has you investigating murders, which requires you to examine dead bodies and bloody murder weapons and to watch autopsies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Infrequent references to sex as well as crude jokes.
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Along with the occasional crude joke, the police occasionally use words such as "crap," though it's sometimes shown as "cr*p."
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Products & Purchases
Though the game is free, it's clearly made with microtransactions in mind, as you can't finish a case unless you're willing to wait or pay so you don't have to wait.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional references to illegal drugs, such as when a bag of cocaine is found during the first murder case.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Criminal Case is a series of murder mysteries you solve by completing simple puzzles. For instance, locating clues involves playing a hidden-objects game, whereas other clues are identified by putting puzzle pieces in the right place. But parents should keep in mind that this is ultimately about murder, and the game doesn’t shy away from showing you used murder weapons, dead bodies, or autopsies. There also are occasional references to drugs and sex, as well as infrequent crude jokes. Parents also should be aware that this game is designed to murder your wallet, since you can't complete a case unless you're willing to wait a long time or pay real money so you don't have to wait to do the next puzzle.
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What’s It About?
CRIMINAL CASE has you, as a detective, solving a series of mysterious murders. After locating clues at the crime scene, you have to examine the autopsy report and the forensic evidence, as well as speak to witnesses and potential suspects, so you can eventually make an educated guess about who the killer is. The quicker you solve the puzzles, the better. Though this does play like a puzzling episode of CSI, there are twists and turns in each case, so you shouldn't accuse the first shifty-eyed person you come across.
Is It Any Good?
For all its simplicity, Criminal Case is rather engrossing and addictive. The individual puzzles, such as the ones where you have to locate objects in the world, are simple but challenging enough to hold your interest; that's good, since you'll have to do them multiple times to get enough stars so you can examine the evidence. Thankfully, the objects you have to find do change every time you redo a puzzle. However, the game requires either cash or lots of patience: Unless you're willing to wait until the autopsy has been completed (which takes 20 minutes), or you have enough energy to redo a puzzle (which takes 40 minutes), you have to spend real money to complete each mystery. Still, with dozens of murders to solve, this will keep a would-be Sherlock Holmes occupied for days.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about in-app purchases ahead of time to avoid conflict once the game is downloaded.
Discuss our criminal justice system and the realism of the game. What's realistic and unrealistic about the cases?
Talk about being observant. How good were you at finding objects? What could you do to be more observant?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: June 25, 2015
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Publisher: Pretty Simple
- Version: 1.5.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
- Last updated: August 15, 2021
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