Stitchers: Hack the Case

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Short but intriguing murder-mystery promo for TV show.

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Ease of Play

Uses simple touchscreen controls as well as your device's motion sensors.


Game's imagery is neither bloody nor graphic, but it's about a murder.


Designed to promote the ABC Family show Stitchers. By playing the game and solving the crime, you can enter a sweepstakes to win a trip to Los Angeles, where you'll have an action figure made in your image.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Stitchers: Hack the Case is a murder-mystery game designed to promote the new ABC Family show Stitchers. But unlike a game based on a show such as CSI or Law & Order, it's not bloody or gruesome: By watching interactive videos and examining photos, you try to solve a victim's murder. If you do, you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes for, as ABC Family puts it, " … the chance to win a trip to Los Angeles where they will have an action figure created in their own image." The iTunes App Store states that the app is only for those 17 and up, though -- for better or worse --  many kids under 17 already have seen similar content, which is relatively mild in comparison to other crime shows.

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What's it about?

STITCHERS: HACK THE CASE is a murder-mystery game. In the show, a hacker named Kirsten Clark "stitches" herself into the memories of someone who’s been murdered, which helps her figure out who the killer is. As in the show, this game has you interacting with the memories of a woman who was strangled to death. Through 360-degree videos, images that represent the victim’s memories, crime-scene photos, and multiple-choice questions, you look for clues that will hopefully help you solve her murder … and, of course, make you want to watch the show.

Is it any good?

"Good" may be too strong of a word, but Stitchers: Hack the Case is certainly interesting. After watching interactive, 360-degree videos and looking at pictures, you have to answer questions in the hopes that this will help you solve a murder. The problem is that because you’re only answering multiple-choice questions about things you've seen, and there's no time limit on how long you can take to answer them, this is really more of a short and simple memory game than a deep, investigative mystery. Still, as a free promotional game for the show, it does give you a sense of the show and draw you in, even if only for a few minutes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being observant. Why is it important to pay attention to your surroundings?

  • Discuss memories. What are your most vivid memories involving friends and family? Why is it important to remember things such as their birthdays and which foods they're allergic to?

  • Talk about media marketing. Does this game make you want to watch the show? Does knowing that this game is trying to make you want to watch the show change your plans to watch the show?

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