Criminal Case: Save the World

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Engaging but sometimes tough puzzle game.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Simple touch controls, but can be mentally challenging.

Violence

You investigate murders, bloody evidence.

Sex
Language

Players can use profanity as their character's name; otherwise, no language issues.

Consumerism

Players use real-world money to buy in-game currency, which is then used to speed up parts of the game, keep playing, and customize their characters. Can view in-game ads to keep playing, as well.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Though no one shown drinking or smoking, there are alcoholic beverages, cigarettes in game.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Criminal Case: Save the World is a puzzle game where you have to investigate a murder. While there's no on-screen violence, there's evidence of it that includes bloody knives and dead bodies. Similarly, while no one's shown drinking or smoking, you sometimes have to look for cigarettes and bottles of booze. Players can get to name their characters, and can use profanity to do so; otherwise, there's no language concern. Using real-world money, players can purchase in-game currency, which can be used to speed up parts of the game, to keep playing, or to customize their characters. They can also watch in-game ads to continue playing sections. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJennye B. November 5, 2017

Torture imagery and propaganda (London bus)

Fun game, but be warned that there is at least one graphic image of a man being tortured and at least one item, an actual written phrase, opposing basic human r... Continue reading

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What's it about?

In CRIMINAL CASE: SAVE THE WORLD, you have to solve a series of murder mysteries, such as the murder of Prince Albert in a phone booth on Westminster Lane. This is done by solving puzzles, including many in which you have to find specific objects in pictures that are rather busy. Then, using the evidence you've collected, you have to figure out which of the suspects did the dastardly deed. Oh, also, you have to do this fast. Probably because City Hall is breathing down your neck to close this case.

Is it any good?

Though this puzzle game can be tough, especially since time is of the essence, it has more than enough variety and challenge to keep amateur detectives engaged. In Criminal Case: Save the World, you have to solve a series of murders by completing a succession of puzzles, including numerous found object ones. Just be quick: The faster you solve them, the happier your boss will be. But while this isn't a good way to figure out if you should apply to the police academy -- or even watch Police Academy -- what it lacks in real forensics and investigation it more than makes up for in challenge and variety. The app does have tons of found object puzzles, but it has many other kinds, as well -- many of which are clever and challenging. That said, some of these mysteries aren't very mysterious; anyone who watches a lot of police procedurals on TV will have no trouble determining who the killer is. Still, with tons of variety and tough puzzles, Criminal Case: Save the World will keep you on your toes, inspector, and will keep any would-be C.S.I. agents engaged.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being observant. Doing well at this game requires you to find small objects in a busy picture, but how can this skill help you in real life?

  • Families can talk about murder. Do you think having to solve a murder makes this game more fun, or do you think it would work with a different kind of crime?

  • Families can also talk about money management. Why is it important to keep an eye on how much money you spend in a game like this?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 27, 2017
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 131.00 MB
  • Publisher: Pretty Simple
  • Version: 1.17.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up

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