Shout Out: Criminal Case

Criminal Case has a number of references to a number of other games, shows, and franchises. Examples are listed below, and the list is continuing to grow.

Grimsborough cases

  • At the end of Zeus's side-quest in Case 6, as a reward he gives you a pair of glasses to help you style up your looks. The glasses in question have a red-colored frame with tiny yellow lightning bolts on the sides, and they're called "Flash Goggles."
  • Also in Case 6, in Riverbed scene. There are sponge and pineapple, underwater.
  • A possibly unintentional one in Case 7: on completing one of that case's side-quests, you receive a necklace as a thank-you gift, which looks a lot like Tsunade's necklace. The necklace itself can be worn as an accessory on your character avatar.
  • In Case 8, Jones refers to suspect Lydia Holly as "Miss Marple," due to her extreme fascination with murder mysteries.
  • Chad Whickman, the victim in Case 9, dies after being set on fire. Both his surname and the manner of his death bring The Wicker Man to mind.
  • In Case 10's Backstreet scene, one of the hidden items is a shadowy bat overlooking the crime scene, which looks suspiciously like the silhouette of the Dark Knight. Makes one wonder how come Grimsborough's crime rate hasn't gone down if he's around...
  • The Sewer Outlet in Case 11 has many items from The Legend of Zelda as hidden objects, including a heart piece, an ocarina, and a shield with a Triforce design.
  • At Case 12's Trading Floor scene, one of the hidden objects is Samara crawling out of a computer monitor.
  • Luffy's trademark hat shows up as a hidden object in several scenes throughout the game, starting with Case 13's Stall Counter scene. It's also quite a recurring item and makes an appearance in several other later cases.
  • Mario's trade mark cap and mushroom can be found in the Mall's main hall and escalator in Case 14 along with a green pipe and a princess crown.
  • After being arrested and put on trial, Case 20's killer is made to wear a mask not unlike that of Hannibal Lecter, due to having eaten the victim's liver.
  • Jason's mask is one of the hidden objects in the Grimsborough Cemetery in Case 26, while a Michael Jackson-lookalike can be seen dancing among the tombs in his famous Thriller outfit. As well, the Necronomicon plays a role in Case 26 overall.
  • In Case 27, the legendary "Creature of the Lake" looks like the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
  • In the beginning of Case 30, the video Jones is showing the player is the video Charlie Bit My Finger
  • A subtle one, but in Case 31, Jones stated how "until they prove the existence of zombies, dogs are plants' worst enemies", the former referring to Plants vs. Zombies.
  • Case 32 has a Portal reference with a Blue Portal and Orange Portal findable, complete with a person running in one and out the other.
  • Case 33's Bookshelves scene, which itself is set inside a comic book shop, has a Captain America shield replica (only replacing the star with a crescent moon) sitting in one corner, and a small glowing green lantern hanging from the ceiling.
  • Case 34's Bunk Beds scene has a poster on the wall, depicting an Asian man in a Bruce Lee pose (though the man in the poster is wearing a jacket and has a beard).
    • In the Exam Table scene in the same case, one of the hidden items is Ghostface's mask.
  • In the Hacker's room scene in Case 35, a replica of V's mask can be seen on one of the computer screens. There's also a wall of green digital text, albeit not on any of the computers.
  • In Case 37, the victim is dressed as a Star Trek ensign, while one of the suspects is cosplaying as a character from Avatar. Also, in the Festival Stands scene, the Ripper Jade statue in the middle of the room has a familiar red-and-black spider-web pattern on its stomach, and Batman's mask is one of the hidden items (albeit with mouse-ears instead of the traditional pointy ears).
  • The items that can be found in Case 38's Students' Desks scene: sai, nunchuck, sword, staff, and a turtle.
  • In Case 45's Sun Chair scene, one of the items on display is a book titled "Fifty Shades of Blood," an obvious play on a certain other notorious book.
  • In Case 46, at one point you start to look through a shrubbery, and Jones worries (not entirely jokingly) that he'll have to deal with one of the Knights Who Say "Ni!" Shortly after that, you encounter one of the suspects singing "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life."
  • Later in the same case, you see another character trying to use dynamite to get a gopher off a golf course.
  • Apparently, when Chief King gets especially angry, he turns into a Super Saiyan. Observe.
  • The title for Case 47, "One Wedding and a Funeral," calls to mind the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Minus the three extra weddings.
  • In Case 50, one of the hidden objects in the Dressing Room scene is a ghostly silhouette of the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Jason's mask shows up again as a hidden item in Case 52's Hut scene, while a copy of Moby-Dick can be seen in the same case's Sailing Ship 1642 scene.
  • Grimsborough's Case #25 in Victorian Garden scene, you can spot heart-shaped cloud or moon in the sky on the right. Go on, see for yourself.
  • Also in Case #25 in Workshop Window, you can see a small drawing of The Little Mermaid.
  • In Grimsborough Cemetery for Case #26, you can see a statue of weeping Grim Reaper... except it looks like it's intentionally designed to resemble an angel who is literally weeping.
  • In the Lake scene for Grimsborough's Case #27, you can spot a stag accross the lake.
  • In the Greenhouse scene for Grimsborough's Case #28, there's a ball resemble Luxo, Jr.'s ball from Pixar. It is also one of recurring items that appear in many other cases.
  • In Driver's Station scene in Case #40, you can spot an astro-droid outside the bus.

Pacific Bay cases

  • Case 16 of Pacific Bay has Hannah mention about how the victim is addicted to "that game with all the sweets", a clear reference to Candy Crush Saga.
  • In Case 26 of Pacific Bay, the victim's brother is a dead ringer for Hurley.
  • In that same case, Amy makes a remark about the victim and his lover after their break-up: "Their love was a real battlefield."
  • In the 31st case of Pacific Bay, the victim was slashed with a Glasgow Smile, and when Frank calls out Roxie for poking fun at this fact, she responds with "Why so serious?"
  • The font style in Pacific Bay's logo resembles the font style from the words "Vice City" in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City's logo.
  • In Case 36, one of the suspects is a film composer named Hannah Simmer.
  • The entire setting of the 37th Case in Pacific Bay is a huge reference to the Titanic film. It even involved a love triangle between a poor artist, a high-class young girl, and her much older wealthy fiance.