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Criminal Case: Save the World
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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?