Game Over is a case featured in Criminal Case as the eighteenth case of The Conspiracy (Season 5) and the two-hundred forty-ninth case overall. It is the final case to take place in The Greens district of Grimsborough.
Jones and the player went to DreamLife's booth at the annual tech convention to investigate the company. There, Juniper started giving a demonstration of their VR system, revealing her to be an actual employee of DreamLife. As soon as she put on her headset, however, it exploded, blowing half her head off and causing a commotion in the venue.
Mid-investigation, the team dispersed a crowd of worried VR players rioting in the Player Zone about the safety of their headsets. Rupert was then suspected for the murder as he had attended the convention without informing the rest of the team. Later, Annie Schmidt said that she blew Juniper up with the power of her mind. It became increasingly apparent through Annie and Rupert that the VR game was both addicting and blurred the line between fantasy and reality. Fortunately, the team was able to find enough evidence to arrest Juniper's brother, beat cop Tim Cooper, for the murder.
When Tim admitted to the murder, he said that his father had been dying and had wanted to see Juniper for the last time. Instead of visiting him, however, Juniper merely sent a VR headset to her father so he could talk to her in the game. Out of love for his daughter, his father had started playing the game all the time, eventually dying while talking to the virtual Juniper. Angry that his sister showed no remorse or sadness, Tim then rigged Juniper's headset with explosives and detonated the bomb while he was watching her during the convention. Judge Powell sentenced Tim to 40 years in prison.
Post-trial, Cathy asked the player to find proof that the "glitch" that introduced a "perpetual dusk" mode in the game was not a glitch at all. She said that the feature would have to be heavily documented if it were not a glitch. Alex and the player then went to DreamLife's offices and found a hard drive, which (per Cathy) contained emails and memos heavily documenting the feature's design, testing, validation, and production.
Meanwhile, Tony Marconi said that his company was being paid to guard the satellite in the forest through a temporary account that was refilled by both DreamLife and an anonymous contributor. After Marconi gave them the account number, Jones and the player searched the DreamLife offices and found a donation form to the company from the same anonymous source. Ramirez traced the account to a cult called The Higher Truth dedicated to enlightenment and reaching higher planes.
After all the events, Jones and the player confronted Rozetta Pierre regarding the VR game. Rozetta said that she did not authorize the development of such a feature and assured that the development team was fired and the game was going to be pulled from the market shortly. She also said that they had devised an ending to the game to help ease the transition of addicted players back into the real world. The team searched DreamLife's booth and found a USB stick which (per Cathy) contained a proper game ending with proper lighting that involved Juniper saying her final goodbye to the player. Furthermore, Gabriel devised a five-step program to further ease VR players back into the real world. Gabriel and the player then went to Rupert in order to get him to start weaning off the game.
Chief Parker then assigned the team to Old Town in order to investigate The Higher Truth and their connection to DreamLife and Rozetta. Afterwards, Zoe Kusama went in the station and kissed Jones, finally regaining memory of their relationship.
- Juniper (killed by her VR headset exploding)
- VR Headset
- Tim Cooper
- The killer knows electronics.
- The killer uses a Rolington typewriter.
- The killer eats tofu.
- The killer has O- blood.
- The killer wears white.
- Investigate DreamLife Booth. (Clues: Juniper's Bag, Victim's Body; New Suspect: Rozetta Pierre; Murder Weapon registered: VR Headset; Victim identified: Juniper)
- Ask Rozetta Pierre about the murder. (Prerequisite: DreamLife Booth investigated; New Crime Scene Unlocked: DreamLife Office)
- Investigate DreamLife Office. (Prerequisite: Rozetta interrogated; Clues: Locked Photo Frame, Torn Paper)
- Examine Locked Photo Frame. (Result: Digital Photo Frame [Unknown Man])
- Examine Unknown Man. (New Suspect: Tim Cooper)
- Ask Tim Cooper about his relationship to the victim. (Prerequisite: Tim Cooper identified)
- Examine Torn Paper. (Result: Threat)
- Analyze Threat. (03:00:00; Attribute: The killer uses a Rolington typewriter)
- Examine Juniper's Bag. (Result: Torn Business Card)
- Examine Torn Business Card. (Result: E Cafferey; New Suspect: Eoin Cafferey)
- Talk to Eoin Cafferey about how he knew the victim. (Prerequisite: E Cafferey decoded)
- Autopsy Victim's Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: The killer knows electronics)
- Go to Chapter 2. (No stars)
- Investigate Player Zone. (Available after unlocking Chapter 2; Clues: Leather Case, Broken Badge, Convention Ticket)
- Examine Leather Case. (Result: Rolington Typewriter)
- Analyze Rolington Typewriter. (12:00:00; Attribute: The killer eats tofu; New Crime Scene Unlocked: Office Staircase)
- Investigate Office Staircase. (Prerequisite: Rolington Typewriter analyzed; Clues: Red Cupboard, Locked Laptop)
- Examine Red Cupboard. (Result: Rozetta Figurine)
- Ask Rozetta about the figurine of herself. (Prerequisite: Rozetta Figurine found; Profiles updated: Rozetta knows electronics, Eoin knows electronics)
- Examine Locked Laptop. (Result: Victim's Laptop)
- Analyze Victim's Laptop. (12:00:00)
- Question Tim about hacking the victim's computer. (Prerequisite: Victim's Laptop analyzed; Profile updated: Tim knows electronics, uses a Rolington typewriter and eats tofu)
- Examine Broken Badge. (Result: Fan Button; New Suspect: Annie Schmidt)
- Check on Annie Schmidt. (Prerequisite: Fan Button restored; Profile updated: Annie knows electronics and uses a Rolington typewriter)
- Examine Convention Ticket. (Result: Fingerprints)
- Examine Fingerprints. (New Suspect: Rupert Winchester)
- Ask Rupert Winchester about his presence at the convention. (Prerequisite: Rupert Winchester identified)
- Go to Chapter 3. (1 star)
- Get Annie's confession. (Available after unlocking Chapter 3; New Crime Scene Unlocked: VR Products; Profile updated: Annie eats tofu)
- Investigate VR Products. (Prerequisite: Annie interrogated; Clues: Mockia 6620, Dirty Poster)
- Examine Mockia 6620. (Result: Rupert's Phone)
- Analyze Rupert's Phone. (09:00:00)
- Ask Rupert about the texts sent to the victim. (Prerequisite: Rupert's Phone analyzed; Profile updated: Rupert uses a Rolington typewriter)
- Examine Dirty Poster. (Result: Brown Flakes)
- Examine Brown Flakes. (Result: Pipe Tobacco)
- Question Eoin about the defaced poster of the victim. (Prerequisite: Pipe Tobacco identified under microscope; Profiles updated: Eoin eats tofu, Rozetta uses a Rolington typewriter and eats tofu)
- Investigate Nap Pods. (All tasks before must be done first; Clues: Trail Mix Tray, Remote Control)
- Examine Trail Mix Tray. (Result: Typewriter Key)
- Analyze Typewriter Key. (15:00:00; Attribute: The killer has O- blood)
- Examine Remote Control. (Result: Brown Fibers)
- Analyze Brown Fibers. (09:00:00; Attribute: The killer wears white)
- Take care of the killer now!
- Go to Is This Just Fantasy? (6/6). (No stars)
Is This Just Fantasy? (6/6)
- See what Marconi wants. (Available after unlocking Is This Just Fantasy?; Reward: 20,000 Coins)
- Investigate Office Staircase. (Prerequisite: Tony interrogated; Clue: Shredded Paper)
- Examine Shredded Paper. (Result: Donation Form)
- Analyze Donation Form. (06:00:00)
- Talk to Cathy about the VR game. (Available after unlocking Is This Just Fantasy?)
- Investigate DreamLife Office. (Prerequisite: Cathy interrogated; Clue: Safe)
- Examine Safe. (Result: Hard Drive)
- Analyze Hard Drive. (09:00:00)
- Confront Rozetta about what we've learned. (All tasks before must be done first; Reward: Burger)
- Investigate DreamLife Booth. (Prerequisite: Rozetta interrogated; Clue: Freebies Tray)
- Examine Freebies Tray. (Result: USB Key)
- Analyze USB Key. (06:00:00)
- Help Rupert quit the VR game. (Prerequisite: USB Key analyzed; Reward: Space Bun)
- Move on to a new crime (in Old Town)! (1 star)
- The case title comes from the phrase "game over," a message in video games that signals to the player that the game has ended, usually before the game was completed successfully.
- This is one of the cases in which a main character is flagged as a suspect for plausible reasons.
- This is one of eight cases in The Conspiracy thus far in which the victim and the killer are relatives, along with Gone Pear-Shaped, I Lost My Heart in Xerda, Behind These Walls, Blood in the Water, Up in Flames, Pain in the Neck and Trick or Treat.
- A handful of fictional brands and products mentioned in the case are parodies of real-life brands or products:
- A number of video game references can be found in the "DreamLife Office" crime scene, including: