CRIMIBOX: CASE 2
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on April 12, 2018
Our regular readers knew this review was coming, because of my (Dutch) unboxing video of the second Crimibox case, sometime last month. So, naturally, it's time for another round of crime solving. Gather all your detective buddies, because it's time for the second case of Crimibox!
Last time, we had to solve the murder of a teenage girl named Laura. This time around, a young woman Ella has become a victim of a heinous crime. A big dossier and a pile of evidence is waiting for you. The dossier contains all the interrogation reports and the coroner's report. It's a good place to start your investigation and try to reconstruct what happened on the day of Ella's murder. Yes, it takes a lot of reading but, in doing so, you'll also gather a lot of possibly useful information on this case. All this is done to answer the million dollar question: Who killed Ella?
Besides the info in the dossier there is also a lot of evidence to investigate and scrutinize. Pictures, a keychain, work schedules, and so on. The work schedules, for example, are a great way to verify the stories of the witnesses. But they may also give rise to a new series of questions; Why is a certain picture torn to pieces? Who saw Ella last before she was killed? And why is there a key chain without a key? All these questions and more need to be answered - and answered correctly - in order to solve the crime.
What I loved about last Crimibox was the awesome digital content. The developers thought of everything; social media profiles, security camera footage and even voicemails. Case 2 of Crimibox will offer you the same excellent tools to solve the case. For the first case, camera files were on a USB stick, but this time the developers chose for an online approach. You can create an account (with a unique code in your case file) which lets you review the digital evidence through an app or web browser. You can even find the footage of the first case there! The downside of this is, as one might suspect, that when the server is down, you can't play the game. At least, you will not be able to watch the footage you need to solve the case. You also can't ask the online assistant Floor for help or let her verify your final answer. Don't worry, it didn't happen a lot. I only experienced this problem once, and this was while I was playing the game with a bunch friends in a local pub.
It's cool to see that a second game contains the same cool stuff that made the first game so awesome, but I'm always curious to see if a development team comes up with new stuff as well. And I'm glad to report that the developers of Crimibox did just that! One really neat feature in this case comes along when you need to figure out why two characters had a fight. It just so happened that this argument was recorded by coincidence. I really can't tell you any more about this new feature, because I will spoil the crime solving for you, but if you'll get to that point, I think you're going to be surprised. Clever thinking on the development team's part!
I said it in my last review of Crimibox and I will say it again; You can definitely see the effort the developers put in this game. They always manage to offer you a great crime to solve (can you actually say that?) and make sure you have a blast while solving it. There is a lot of clues and evidence in this case, but it's up to you to see what is important and come to the right conclusion. So, for all you crime fighters out there, put on your detective trench coat and fedora, get your butts on the case and start investigating the hell out of this heinous crime! I wish you a lot of wisdom in solving the case and, of course, happy hunting!
CRIMIBOX: CASE 2
Crimibox (website in Dutch)
Players: 1 - as many as you like, ages 15+
Playtime: 2 -3 hours
June 1, 2017 (First Case)
Januari 2018 (Second Case)