Criminal Case - Main Theme
|Platform(s)||Facebook (Adobe Flash), iOS|
November 15, 2012
August 28, 2014
Criminal Case (often referred to as "CC") is a detective-themed hidden object game released on November 15, 2012 for Facebook, and on August 28, 2014 for iOS. Developed and published by European social gaming company Pretty Simple, Criminal Case has over ten million average monthly users.
The game's time setting takes place from 2012 to 2014.
- Main article: Grimsborough
The player first investigates in the city of Grimsborough. Grimsborough consists of six districts: Industrial Area, Financial Center, Historical Center, University, Maple Heights and a "hidden" district called Airport (which can be unlocked after finishing the first 51 cases).
- Main article: Pacific Bay
After completing the first 56 cases in the game, the player travels to the city of Pacific Bay after reaching a higher rank. Pacific Bay is divided into ten districts: Ocean Shore, Bayou Bleu, Inner City, Jazz Town, White Peaks, Ivywood Hills, Rhine Canyon, Innovation Valley, Paradise City and The Wastes. The last four districts – namely Rhine Canyon, Innovation Valley, Paradise City, and The Wastes – are currently unavailable for play as they are scheduled to be released in the near future.
In Criminal Case, the player investigates murders and finds clues to apprehend the killer in order to progress through the cases.
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's storyline.
The player must locate relevant clues at crime scenes by clicking items 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 a type of currency for performing necessary tasks such as examining evidence and questioning suspects. Also during the murder investigations, the player will have to come across necessary autopsies and analyses that may take a few hours to complete. After eventually reaching the final requirement, the player must use it to reason who the killer is from one of the suspects. To proceed to the next case afterwards, it is essential to complete the case's "Additional Investigation" as it is required to earn a silver medal – which enables the player to receive a minimum of three reports in order to move to the succeeding case; this process, however, varies in few of the earliest cases.
Playing crime scenes require a total of 20 energy points at each "go" (there are exceptions). Energy is the integral element needed to investigate crime scenes. The player can have an unlimited amount of energy although the energy bar won't refill itself if the player exceeds a maximum limit of 110 energy points, which is also the exact amount of energy points the player is allotted with at the start of the game. It takes 3 minutes and 20 seconds for the bar to restore a single energy point.
While investigating cases, the player must also go through a variety of puzzle elements, such as puzzle-style hidden object scenes that must be unscrambled and few simple click-and-drag activities to break up the player's routine, like shuffling through suspects' garbage or clothes.
Other gameplay features include: customizing the player's avatar; purchasing Police Pets to boost up the score after a crime scene investigation; obtaining collectibles such as Lucky Cards and Trophies; collecting Daily Bonuses; utilizing Boosters, Hints, and Snacks; and playing in the Elite Mode. There are also various progression features integrated into the game.
Additionally, the player is given the chance to add more Criminal Case players (as "teammates") from around the world, which in turn mainly helps to accumulate a higher amount of energy points – allowing the player to progress much faster in the storyline.
- Further information: Characters
Characters play a supporting role and they may or may not have serious impact in the game. They are classified into the following six categories:
- Main Characters
- Central Characters
- Minor Characters
- Suspects (Note: "Killers" are also included in this category as they are considered suspects until proven guilty.)
Already by the start of 2013, Criminal Case had attracted many users towards it.
As of mid-2013, Criminal Case attracted more than ten million monthly users and became highly competitive with Candy Crush Saga, the most popular game on Facebook.
Some reasons cited for the game's success include its graphic crime scenes and meaningful narratives.
On July 15, 2014, the game's official Facebook App Page reached a milestone of 50 million "likes".
- ↑ "About Criminal Case". Facebook. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
- ↑ Tach, Dave (December 9, 2013). "Facebook crowns Criminal Case the top game of 2013". Polygon. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
- ↑ Glasser, AJ (December 9, 2013). "Facebook Games of the Year 2013". Facebook. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
- ↑ MacGuill, Dan (December 10, 2013). "Made in France 'Criminal Case' conquers Facebook". The Local. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
- ↑ "Criminal Case - Facebook Showcase Blog". Facebook. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
- Official website
- Criminal Case on Facebook
- Criminal Case on the App Store
- Criminal Case App Page on Facebook
- @CriminalCase on Twitter
|V • T • ECriminal Case|
|Locations||Grimsborough | Pacific Bay|
|Characters||Main Characters | Central Characters | Supporting Characters (Victims • Suspects • Killers) | Minor Characters|
|Organizations||Grimsborough Police Department • Pacific Bay Police Department | The Vipers | The Skulls | The Crimson Order | Inner Chaos | The Utopians|
|Features||Cases | Additional Investigation | Avatar Shop | Boosters | Cash | Coins | Crime Scenes | Daily Bonus | Elite Mode | Energy | Evidence | Forensic Kit | Free Gifts | Hints | Killer's Profile | Laboratory | Levels | Lucky Cards | Medals | Message Center | Murder Weapons | Police Pets | Ranks | Reports | Snacks | Stars | Calm Down | Trophies | XP|
|Miscellaneous||Daily Gifts | Happy Hour | Running Gags|