Criminal Case (Channel 101 Edition)
Developer(s) Pretty Simple
Publisher(s) Pretty Simple
Platform(s) Facebook (Flash), iOS, Android
Release date(s) Facebook
November 15, 2012
NZ: July 16, 2014
AU: July 23, 2014
WW: August 28, 2014
AR: March 11, 2015
WW: April 15, 2015
Genre(s) Adventure, hidden object, puzzle
Language(s) English · French · German · Indonesian · Italian · Japanese · Korean · Kurdish · Pandish · Portuguese · Russian · Spanish · Traditional Chinese · Turkish
Join the Police of Waterborough 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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The player acts as a detective to solve murder cases and advance through the game's story.

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 that can later be used as a type of currency for performing necessary tasks such as examining evidence and questioning suspects. During this process, the player will also come across necessary autopsies and analyses that may take a few real-life hours to complete. Furthermore, as the player progresses through each case, they acquire clues as to who the victim was, how they were killed, and what relation they had with the case's suspects.

At the conclusion of every case, the player is presented with all the suspects and must arrest the one who fulfills each of the criteria gained throughout the investigation. If the decision is correct, the case is solved. To unlock the next case, however, the player is also required to complete the solved case's post-indictment chapter, enabling the player to receive reports and finally move on to the succeeding case—though this procedure does not have to be undertaken in any of the tutorial cases. Past cases may additionally be revisited (and even replayed) at any time to grind for rewards.

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 garbage or clothes.

Other gameplay features include: customizing the player-avatar; purchasing pets for extra rewards, like boosting up the final score of a crime scene; utilizing power-ups such as boosters and snacks; obtaining collectibles like cards; and unlocking trophies.

There are also various progression features integrated into the game, the most noteworthy ones being levels and ranks.

Like many other Facebook games, Criminal Case incorporates an energy system, which is used to engage in crime scene investigations.

The game is primarily a single-player affair, but it does involve a number of social features. Each crime scene has a leaderboard, for example, and the player may choose a "partner" from their list of "teammates" (friends who also play Criminal Case and are "recruited" to the player's team) to join the investigation of each scene and provide hint bonuses. Teammates mainly help to accumulate a higher amount of energy points (by sending them out to the player)—allowing a faster progression.



In the first season of the game, the player investigates murders in the fictional city of Waterborough, which is heavily based on New York City and Philadelphia. Waterborough consists of ten districts: Roebling, Money Mile, Inner City, Babylon, Bronx Hills, Old Town, Farmville, University, Capital Hill, and Colonial Peak.

In the second season, the player is moved to Pacific Bay City, a fictional city based primarily on Los Angeles and San Francisco. Pacific Bay City is divided into nine districts: Bayside, Wickam City, Lunawood Hills, El Barrio, Moonlit Peaks, Oasis Springs, Bitcoin Valley, Ruby Street, and Misty Wastes.

In the third season, called Across the World, the player is assigned the task to solve crimes in different parts of the world—that is, real-world continents and regions, namely Europe, Sahara Region, Eurasia, South Asia, East Asia, Oceania, Africa, Antarctica, Latin America, Far North, and the United States.

In Victorian Mysteries, the fourth season, the player is required to investigate murders across the fictional city of Northbridge in the United States. A Victorian city in the late 19th century, it is composed of 12 districts: New Hope, Queenshope, Northcastle, Raven's Creek,  

The fifth season, called The Reckoning, is set once again in Waterborough, and back in the present day following the events of the third season. The new rendition of Waterborough is made up of ??? districts:

The sixth season, called Revenge of the Conspiracy, is set in modern-day Northbridge. The new rendition of Northbridge is made up of ??? districts: 

In the sixth season, called Time's Ticking, the player is required to solve murders across numerous time periods, including


The game begins with the silent protagonist—a rookie cop whose basic identity corresponds to the player's specified name and gender—pursuing a career with the Waterborough Police Department. Partnered with Detective Tony Dunkin and Officer Courtney Martinez, the protagonist soon earns a reputation for solving difficult cases,

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Main Characters

Waterborough Police Department

Season 1

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Worldwide Bureau of Investigation

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Level 1 – Officer
Level 5 – Deputy
Level 10 – Detective
Level 20 – Corporal
Level 30 – Sergeant
Level 45 – Lieutenant
Level 60 – Captain
Level 75 – Major
Level 100 – Inspector
Level 125 – Lead Inspector
Level 150 – Commander
Level 175 – Deputy Chief
Level 200 – Commissioner
Level 250 – Sheriff
Level 300 – Ranger
Level 350 – Marshal
Level 400 – Senior Trooper
Level 500 – General
Level 600 – Secret Agent
Level 700 – Unit Chief
Level 775 – Superintendent
Level 850 – Vice Director

Additional Investigation

the Additional Investigation chapters have been named differently in an effort to ensure that all chapters of each case are tied-in with the game's story and its related canon.

  • Waterborough
    • Roebling - "Industrial Legacy"
    • Money Mile - "50 Tones of Green"
    • Inner City - "Ascend and Beyond"
    • Babylon - "Babylon Renaissance"
    • Bronx Hills - "In the Hood"
    • Old Town - "To Hell and Back"
    • Farmville - "Farming Drugs"
    • University - "Back to School
    • Capital Hill - "Politically Incorrect"
    • Colonial Peaak - "Secrets from the Past"
  • Pacific Bay City
    • Bayside - "New City, New Beginnings"
    • Wickam City - "Silent, But Deadly"
    • Lunawood Hills
    • El Barrio - "A Spanglish Legacy"
    • Moonlit Peaks
    • Oasis Springs - "An Alien Conspiracy"
    • Bitcoin Valley - "Gateway to the Future"
    • Ruby Street - "The Heist"
    • Misty Wastes - "
  • Across the World
  • Victorian Mysteries
  • The Reckoning
  • Revenge of the Conspiracy
  • Time's Ticking

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