CRIMINAL MINDS: THE MOBILE GAME
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on April 4, 2019
Aaah, no! What is that guy doing with that knife? No, don't chop off the leg! Oh, wait it's just a ham! Phew, nice try guys; I was just thinking this guy was actually... Wait, what?! Why is that family tied to their chairs and are their mouths sealed with duct-tape? And what's with this guy; waving his butcher's knife in the air? Is he going to do what I think he's going to do? But I thought everything was okay! And there are children at the table! Wait, NOOOOOO!
These were roughly my thoughts while playing the first case of Criminal Minds: The Mobile Game. The intro took me straight into the action and it literally motivate me to want to find the sick bastard responsible for this heinous crime and make sure he's never going to hurt anyone, ever again! And, luckily, that was exactly what I was about to do; helping the Criminal Minds team to connect the dots, find the killer and solve the case! How, I hear you ask? Well, let me explain.
Now, the name Criminal Minds might ring a bell, because it has been a popular TV series for quite some time now. If you like this series, then I have good news for you, because all your favorite characters will be in the game, including Garcia! Personally, I don't know the TV series that well, but I heard a lot about Penelope Garcia and I just think she's the coolest. Together with the other Criminal Minds members, you will have to investigate crime scenes, find clues and eventually take the so called "Unsub" into custody.
The game contains several cases, during each of which there will be a number of videos for you to watch. During these clips, you'll learn about the overall story as well as the case at hand. Now, while these videos are already awesome in their own right, it all gets even better when you start investigating the crime scenes! When you arrive at the crime scene, a couple of Criminal Minds members will enter the stage. After a short intro, it's time for some investigative action. The members of the team will need all kinds of investigation items, like a magnifying glass, or gloves, or a camera. It is your job to bring them everything they need. So instead of controlling a character, you'll be an actual part of the game. Provide the team with everything they need to uncover all the clues and evidence, and do so within the time limit...
Yes, dear readers, every action or mini game in Criminal Minds: The Mobile Game has a time limit. So when there are three team members requesting your help at the same time, it's up to you to decide in which order you'll help them and how to earn the most money/points with your actions. Why would we need points? Well, that's really simple. All the points you gather will be used to fill badges at the end of the level. To continue the game and proceed to the next level, you'll need a certain amount of filled badges. If you don't have enough badges you can either replay levels to earn more badges or, if you are so inclined, simply buy and unlock the whole case.
Besides the points needed for badges, each officer/character also receives experience points. Each of these characters has their own personal qualities, which will level up if they get more experiences. This can be done by selecting the characters if you replay a level, so replaying the levels does yield some nice extras to the game. You can switch to your favourite character and, to be honest, I just like the mini games and story so much, that it isn't even a chore to replay levels. Plus, when replaying these levels, the cutscenes get left out, so you actually go though the levels faster. This levelling up will make the characters faster and better in what they do. Plus, each character has a different set of abilities, so there's enough for you to upgrade.
I can imagine that the sheer number of actions that need to be completed during a level in this game might overwhelm some players, but please don't let that stop you from trying. Yes, there is a lot going on simultaneously while playing a level; I won't deny that. But don't worry, it won't take you that long to get into the investigative mode and get used to the required multitasking. I just needs a bit getting used to. The first couple of times you need to bring someone a camera, you will most probably try to drag it immediately to the character that has made the request. But alas, the camera is one of those items you'll need to prepare first by tap-and-hold. Only after doing so, can it actually be used. After a couple of times you will remember that trick and do it automatically next time. Plus, the upgrading of your characters will definitely smooth things over and before you know it, you'll have become an expert crime scene assistant!
I can only say that I had a blast playing Criminal Minds: The Mobile Game! So, to everyone out there who likes good crime solving stories and/or is a big fan of the series, I can only say: Please, do yourself a huge favour and give this game a try. You will not regret it!