Criminal Case

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Gruesome crime scenes become Facebook hidden-object puzzles.
  • Facebook
  • Free with Microtransactions
  • 2012

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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

Educational Value

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.

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 & Representations

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.


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.


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


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult 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 childr... Continue reading
Adult Written byNessa102 March 28, 2021

Gruesome Cases and Inappropriate

Even though this is an cartoon game, I still found it to be quite violent, gruesome and scary due to how some of the cases are. The cases are using really scary... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byafathefox May 22, 2019

cool game!

If you dont like blood and such, then I dont think you should play this game, if not, then play it! I love murder mystery games, and this game is one of them!... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byr00ndom December 23, 2016

Expensive and boring

I tried this game when I was 12 at first. I thought the images of dead corpses was very disturbing so I deleted the game before I got a chance to try it. I re d... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

Our editors recommend

For kids who love being social and solving puzzles

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