Criminal Case

 
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Learning(i)

Gruesome crime scenes become Facebook hidden-object puzzles.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players work with a team of investigators and experts to solve criminal cases. Players are firmly on the side of "good" in a clear-cut "good guys vs. bad guys" storyline.

Positive role models

Players are detectives who investigate and solve murders. There are plenty of positive role models such as police colleagues, forensic scientists, and others who help solve the cases. Players also interview unscrupulous suspects.

Ease of play

The hidden object scenes and mini-games are very simple to learn and play. There is some time pressure, since players are scored higher if they find objects quickly.

Violence

Murder scenes show the aftermath of deadly violence. Frequent images of realistic blood and gore, such as a woman with her throat slashed, a severed hand, and a bloody knife.

Sex

Some murder victims are shown nude (with private parts tastefully hidden), such as a man lying in a bath tub.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Players can use real money to purchase premium currency to speed up the game.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some mild privacy concerns. Players can share game updates on their Facebook wall. Players aren't under too much pressure to "friend" strangers since friends are not absolutely required to enjoy the game.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Criminal Case is a hidden object game played on Facebook. The game is free to play, but players can pay real money to unlock new content more quickly. Players investigate gruesome, bloody murder scenes that include dead bodies and severed limbs. While gameplay is simple enough, the content is definitely not suitable for young children.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Math

  • patterns

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • deduction
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Criminal Case has appealing visuals and hidden-object gameplay. The mysteries are enjoyable, but events unfold slowly since players must keep playing levels to earn stars before they can continue the investigation.

Learning Approach

Kids use visual acuity skills to find objects in the puzzles. Additional mini-games don't stray from the crime-solving theme, but they don't add much more depth to the experience. Kids can play unlocked levels in any order.

Support

The hidden-object levels offer players ample hints. Kids will earn stars, achievements, promotions, and new outfits for their efforts, and the game tracks progress and high scores.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Math

  • patterns

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • deduction
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Kids can learn patterns and puzzle solving by playing hidden-object scenes and simple mini-games like jigsaws, tile puzzles, and number scramble puzzles. Kids deduce the right suspect by analyzing clues, such as the killer being right-handed or wearing a tie. Criminal Case provides kids with opportunities to improve their vocabulary by finding items on lists and hone their reasoning skills by solving puzzles and a mystery.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

What's it about?

As a detective in CRIMINAL CASE, players investigate murder cases by searching for clues in hidden-object scenes. Players earn stars for completing missions and spend them to examine clues in the lab, interview suspects, and eventually piece together enough evidence to identify the perpetrator and solve the case. Players can receive support from Facebook friends who are also playing the game by taking them on investigations as partners that grant extra hints and bonus points.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Criminal Case is a polished hidden-object game with interesting mystery stories built around each chapter of seek-and-find gameplay. But the game suffers from pacing issues. It takes many play-throughs of the same handful of scenes (albeit with a new list of randomized items to find each time) before the player unlocks enough stars to move things forward. The story also drags due to having to wait several hours of real-time to receive certain lab reports. Unless you're willing to pay to speed things up, Criminal Case will be a slow-moving experience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about detective stories. Are there any TV shows, books, or movies that this game reminds you of? Why are stories and games about detectives so popular?

  • Does the gory, graphic content help to make the experience more realistic, or is it too gruesome for you?

  • What aspect of detective work (such as investigation, interrogation, or forensics) do you find most interesting?

Game details

Platforms:Facebook
Price:Free with Microtransactions
Available online?Available online
Developer:Pretty Simple
Release date:November 21, 2012
Genre:Adventure

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  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old October 4, 2013
 

No younger than 12...

I like this game and I sometimes play it but it can be a little boring and it can be quite gruesome.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written byDangerRanger101 June 13, 2014
 
LEARNING

Fun game, can be very upsetting

This is one of my favorite Facebook games of all time because the mysteries are very intruiging and it gives you a good feeling since you as the player are the one solving these murder mysteries and bringing the killers to justice. The game is highly supportive of doing the right thing because the player is stricly on the side of good and they stand for justice. There are also a lot of good role models. The members of your team are always there and will do whatever it takes to help solve the cases. Sometimes even the suspects of the cases help steer you in the right direction or even find clues. However make no mistake, this game is not for everyone. The murders can be intense with very realstic depictions of blood and other things I wish not to mention. Also this game did such a good job with its characters that you can become very attatched to them and you will be upset if one of them gets murdered or murders someone else. I've even had to stop playing it because it can get very upsetting. There's also quite a bit of language in the game that you might not want your kids to use. Drugs are also a bit of a problem. Sometimes, just like in real life, the police have to deal with drug dealers. However, this is a lesser problem because these problems are handled well. Overal this is a very fun and easy game but it isn't for everyone. If you're really young or are very sensitive, like me, this game could be upsetting. But if you want to play than go ahead because it's very fun and might even inspire you to become a police officer.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byBreeden July 12, 2015
 

Inappropriate language, sexual content, and dialog.

This game has crude with its words and the way it talks about sexual activities, womens underwear and swearing. Its in poor taste and not appropriate for children, also cost to much for food for energy.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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