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Join the Police of Grimsborough to solve a series of cases in this captivating hidden object, adventure game. Work crime scenes for clues, interview witnesses and suspects, and carefully analyze evidence to catch the true killers.

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General information
Developer(s) Pretty Simple
Publisher(s) Pretty Simple
Platform(s) Facebook, iOS (in New Zealand and Australia only), Adobe Flash
Release date(s) Facebook:
November 15, 2012
Flag of New Zealand July 15, 2014
Flag of Australia July 21, 2014
Genre(s) Games & Entertainment
Game type Hidden Object
Location(s) Grimsborough (Season 1)
Pacific Bay (Season 2)
Setting 2012 to current
Monthly users 10,000,000

Criminal Case (often referred to as "CC") is a Facebook detective-themed hidden object game released on November 15, 2012. Developed and published by Pretty Simple, a top European social gaming company, Criminal Case has over ten million average monthly users. 

On 9 December 2013, Criminal Case was crowned the Facebook Game of the Year 2013, beating Candy Crush Saga,[1] the most popular game on Facebook with over forty-six million average monthly users.

After all the success, Pretty Simple released Criminal Case on iOS in New Zealand on 15 July 2014 and then in Australia on 21 July 2014, and stated that they would soon release the game to the Apple App Store worldwide.


The game's time setting is in 2012, 2013 and 2014.


Main article: Grimsborough


The player first investigates in the city of Grimsborough. Grimsborough contains six districts, which are the Industrial Area, the Financial Center, the Historical Center, the University, the Maple Heights and a "hidden" district called Airport (which can be unlocked after finishing the first 51 cases). Each district holds 10 cases excluding the Industrial Area which contains 11 cases and the Airport which contains 5.

Pacific Bay

Main article: Pacific Bay

Pacific Bay Map

After completing the first 56 cases of the game, the player travels to the city of Pacific Bay after accepting a position in the Pacific Bay Police Department. Pacific Bay is divided into ten districts: Ocean ShoreBayou Bleu, Inner City, Jazz Town, White Peaks, Ivywood Hills, Rhine Canyon, Innovation Valley, Paradise City and The Wastes. Ocean Shore and Bayou Bleu have 5 cases each, while Inner City is slated for 7 cases. Pacific Bay is slated for a minimum of 52 cases.


In Criminal Case, players investigate murders and find clues to apprehend the killer in order to progress through the cases.

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The player acts as a detective to solve murders partnered alongside David Jones in the Grimsborough PD and then alongside Amy Young and Frank Knight after being promoted to the Pacific Bay PD later on in the game.

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A screenshot of playing a crime scene.

The player must locate relevant clues at crime scenes by clicking items scattered throughout the area in the scene. Greater scores are awarded for finishing the scene quickly. The player earns Stars by investigating crime scenes, which in turn are used as currency when it's time to perform autopsies, analyze evidence, or question witnesses, and to progress in the case.

Criminal Case also offers a new trick or two, like puzzle-style hidden object scenes that must be unscrambled. There are also a few simple click-and-drag activities to break up the player's routine, like shuffling through suspects’ garbage or clothes.

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A screenshot of playing a puzzle scene.

The player is allotted a small amount of energy that doesn't receive a guaranteed fill-up when advancing in levels. Necessary autopsies and analyses will take a few hours, and interrogations require Stars to complete. To earn Stars, the player will need to play hidden object scenes over and over, with each “go” requiring 20 energy. Predictably, energy fills up slowly. Another way to progress besides playing or waiting is to add more Criminal Case players from around the world, which in turn helps the player to get more amount of energies and progress faster in the game. The social aspect of the game is important.


The cast in Criminal Case is made up of characters who may or may not have serious impact in the game. They are classified into the following six categories:

For a full list of the characters in the game, see Characters.


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Criminal Case's logo.

Released on November 15, 2012, Criminal Case already has over ten million monthly users.

Already by the start of 2013, Criminal Case attracted many users towards it.

As of mid-2013, Criminal Case attracted more than 10,000,000 monthly users and became highly competitive with Candy Crush Saga, the most popular game on Facebook.

On December 9, 2013, Criminal Case won the Facebook Game of the Year 2013 award.[2] The game has a 40-percent share of Facebook users.[3]

Some reasons cited for the game's success include its graphic crime scenes and meaningful narratives.[4]

On 15 July 2014, the game's official Facebook App Page reached 50 million Likes.



  1. Tach, Dave (December 9, 2013). Facebook crowns Criminal Case the top game of 2013. Polygon. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  2. Glasser, AJ (December 9, 2013). "Facebook Games of the Year 2013". Facebook. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  3. MacGuill, Dan (December 10, 2013). "Made in France 'Criminal Case' conquers Facebook". The Local. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  4. "Criminal Case - Facebook Showcase Blog". Facebook. Retrieved 23 February 2014.

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