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Game Goal

Help solve the case by discovering the hidden clues before time runs out!

Game Rules

A mystery is afoot, and you've got five minutes to crack this case. When the game begins, you'll see a cluttered scene and a list of clues on the left-hand side of the screen. These clues point to eight objects that are hidden somewhere in the scene. When you think you've found an object on the list, move the mouse cursor over the object and left-click. If you're correct, the object will be removed from the scene and its name scratched off the list.

Avoid random clicking! While it's important to be quick, you also need to be careful. If you click too many times on anything that's not on the list, you will be penalized.

Once you find all eight objects, the game ends.

Game Controls

Use the mouse to move the cursor over the scene. Once you think you've found an object, left-click on it: if it's on the list, it will be removed from the scene.

Game Scoring

  • You receive 250 points for each object found.
  • You lose 100 points for clicking too frequently on incorrect objects. You will lose points if you click incorrectly more than 3 times within 3 seconds.
  • If you find all the objects, you'll get a Time Bonus of 2 points for every second left on the clock.

Game Strategy

  • If you're spending too much time looking for a particular object, move on to something else. While looking for other objects, you just might stumble upon the troublesome initial object.
  • Change your assumptions: objects can be larger or smaller than normal, or can appear in unexpected locations.
  • If a clue on the list is completely capitalized, then look for a written interpretation of the word. For example, if your clue is "NEST", don't look for a bird's home made of twigs, but the actual word spelled out somewhere in the scene.
  • If you think you've found a clue, go ahead and click on it. However, remember you'll be penalized if you miss-click more than 3 times in 3 seconds.
  • If you're having trouble finding everything, try a methodical search approach: start at one corner and examine the scene like a book, moving left to right, top to bottom.

Did You Know?

  • The earliest known murder mystery was "The Three Apples", one of the tales narrated by Scheherazade in the One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights), dating back to the 9th century!
  • Modern mystery fiction arguably began with Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", first published in 1841.
  • Modern P.I.s prefer to be known as "Licensed Private Investigators" in order to avoid the image attributed to their profession by crime fiction writers.
  • In most cases, P.I.s don't carry a weapon because the focus of their work is generally information gathering, not law enforcement.
  • 43 states in the U.S. require licensing for private detectives/investigators. Only Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, and South Dakota do not.
  • Eugene Francois Vidocq, a former French soldier, founded the first known private detective agency in 1833. He also invented indelible ink, "anthropometrics," and was the first to make plaster casts of shoe impressions!
  • In 1850, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency became the first such institution in the U.S. and was contracted to track Jesse James, Butch Cassidy, and the Sundance Kid!

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