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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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Developer(s) Pretty Simple
Publisher(s) Pretty Simple
Platform(s) Facebook (Adobe Flash), iOS
Release date(s) Facebook:
November 15, 2012
August 28, 2014
Genre(s) Hidden object
Location(s) Grimsborough
Pacific Bay
Setting 2012–2014
Monthly users 10,000,000

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. 

On 9 December 2013, Criminal Case was crowned the Facebook Game of the Year 2013, beating Candy Crush Saga,[2] the most popular game on Facebook with over forty-six 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 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, Inner City and Jazz Town have 7 cases each, and White Peaks has 6 cases. The other five districts are currently unavailable as they are slated for future launch.


Further information: Gameplay

In Criminal Case, the player investigates murders and finds 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 hidden object crime scene.

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A screenshot of playing a puzzle scene.

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. After reaching the final requirement, the player must use it to reason who's the killer from one of the suspects.

There are also puzzle elements featured in the game, 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. There are also various progression features integrated into the game. Other gameplay features include customizing the player's avatar, and purchasing police pets to boost up the score after a crime scene investigation.

The player is allotted a small amount of energy (the integral element required to investigate crime scenes) that doesn't receive a guaranteed fill-up when advancing in levels. Necessary autopsies and analyses will take a few hours, and interrogations and other compulsory tasks require stars to complete. To earn stars, the player will need to play crime scenes over and over, with each “go” requiring 20 energy. Predictably, energy fills up slowly.

Another way to progress faster in the storyline besides waiting or playing repeatedly is to add more Criminal Case players (as teammates) from around the world, which in turn helps to get more amount of energies, allowing the player to progress much faster.


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:

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


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Criminal Case's logo.

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.

On December 9, 2013, Criminal Case won the Facebook Game of the Year 2013 award.[3] The game has a 40-percent share of Facebook users.[4]

Some reasons cited for the game's success include its graphic crime scenes and meaningful narratives.[5]

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



  1. "Criminal Case". Facebook. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  2. Tach, Dave (December 9, 2013). "Facebook crowns Criminal Case the top game of 2013". Polygon. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  3. Glasser, AJ (December 9, 2013). "Facebook Games of the Year 2013". Facebook. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  4. MacGuill, Dan (December 10, 2013). "Made in France 'Criminal Case' conquers Facebook". The Local. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  5. "Criminal Case - Facebook Showcase Blog". Facebook. Retrieved 23 February 2014.

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  • Criminal case on ipad/iphone

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    • if i tap 'connect to facebook' (not tap 'play') in ipad/phone,will the case restart to case #1?
    • Hey there, if you have played on Facebook and on (e.g. Ashes to Ashes), the Facebook Connect button will let you continue from that case. As ...

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