Criminal Case

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Good but grisly murder puzzles require cash or patience.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's 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

The game has you investigating murders, which requires you to examine dead bodies and bloody murder weapons and to watch autopsies.

Sex

Infrequent references to sex as well as crude jokes.

Language

Along with the occasional crude joke, the police occasionally use words such as "crap," though it's sometimes shown as "cr*p."

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written bymaddox121 July 28, 2015

Disgusting

Violence Blood Everywhere Sex nakid Drugs Beer ewk
Adult Written byChristineD 5 April 27, 2016

Changes to Criminal Case - cards

I have been playing this game for several years and until now have enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately the developers have changed the game and removed the abil... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 5, 2015

Thinking game

It's really good for your brain because it has puzzles and if you are wanting to be a detective its can help you learn, I played it and it is awesome but l... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 2, 2017

A Little Mature in Future Cases

I would have given this game, 4 stars because I didn't mind the wait. I finished the first 2 cases and was about to move on to the third, but I needed frie... Continue reading

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?

App details

For kids who love puzzles and mysteries

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