Nick: And I'm a cynic at heart, but Officer Hopps has the car keys...
Zootopia: Crime Files (also known as Zootropolis: Crime Files in certain regions) is a Hidden Object Game based on the Disney Animated Canon film Zootopia. It was released on iOS, Android and Windows on August 17, 2016.
Zootopia: Trope Files:
- Arc Villain: One of the early case culprits, a wolverine named Chuckles is the main villain for the first arc, first conspiring to flood Zootopia with Sequoia Towers as a front and then, much later, escaping from jail. After the fifteenth case, it's revealed that Dribs was at every crime scene.
- The Artifact: The forensic analyst sloth becomes irrelevant once Judy and Nick start giving their clues directly to Clawhauser instead of the lab.
- Ascended Extra: Finnick has a somewhat big role in one of the cases. In the movie, he only had about 3 minutes of screen time.
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: After a case is finished it takes three days for the next one to unlock, unless you're willing to put down a few bucks.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Bogo explicitly states "that was a joke" after telling a pun at the beginning of Case 8, which prompts Nick to make fun of him and Judy to tell him it's good that he tried.
- Could Say It, But...: In a few of the early cases, Chief Bogo gives Judy and Nick praise for their work on the case by saying that he would give them praise if he gave praise, but that he doesn't.
- Ditzy Genius: According to the additional investigation in Case 6, Clawhauser, despite his obvious scatterbrained personality, is a genius capable of solving a puzzle with a very complex code without really thinking about it. Later, he very quickly discerns the meaning of legalese papers Nick couldn't parse at all in the same scene where he initially mistook it for a TV listing.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: In the first two cases, some of the "examine" actions came with a variable-reward minigame instead of the always-4-energy scanner, but it never shows up later. They are also the only two cases with fewer than nine maps, and case 1 is the only case that gives you bucks as a reward, the only case where there's neither a star cost nor a wait for the following case, and the only case where the additional investigation is optional.
- Fair Play Mystery: The game is designed so that if you pay attention to all the dialogue you come across and profile images then you can figure out who committed each crime.
- Fake Longevity: The game is designed so that by the end of each case, the amount of times needed to play a map to get a star (necessary in most cases to progress one plot point) increases to four or five, even if you do as well as possible on the main score and hints and have a time bonus in the 40000s. Meanwhile, unless you pay real money, you will have to wait patiently for a set amount of time for the remaining plot points. The last part is justified by a sloth being in charge of forensic analysis, at least until Nick and Judy start going directly to Clawhauser who theoretically should not have this problem.
- Faux Death: The cause of some confusion in one case, when a possum falls so hard asleep he's mistaken for dead, and then his "body" is reporting missing when he wakes up and walks out of the hospital.
- Flanderization: Clawhauser's ditzy traits get taken up to eleven at points, while his other important traits from the movie are more downplayed.
- Hurricane of Puns: Aside from your expected animal-themed jokes, neither Nick, Judy or Clawhauser will pass up the opportunity to make a worldplay.
- Ice-Cream Koan: Pretty much every sentence out of Detective Oates' mouth. Judy thinks he's brilliant. Nick thinks both Judy and Oates are out of their minds.
- Lampshade Hanging: By the ninth time Judy and Nick have to help former suspects recover their personal property from a crime scene, even Chief Bogo is commenting on it.
- Loads and Loads of Loading: There's a loading screen at the beginning, between the cases and the map, and before most plot points, as well as loading screens for the game maps that frequently take longer than the actual gameplay, especially on replays.
- The Main Characters Do Everything: Early on, there's a Spear Carrier helping with analysis, but after the first set of cases, that job belongs solely to Clawhauser, with Nick and Judy doing everything else.
- My Nayme Is: One of the earliest suspects is named Phern. Nick wonders if he should start spelling his name with a silent k (Knick).
- No Accounting for Taste: In Necklace Nabbers, a mouse named Donna is attracted to a sleazy gerbil named Dinks. Neither Judy nor Nick see the appeal.
- Pixel Hunt: Being a Hidden Object game, this frequently happens.
- Red Herring:
- Every case has at least a few mammals who could have motive and share several traits with the culprit. This was lampshades in one case, when Judy mentioned that all the witnesses seemed to like the same things (which included things as disparate as guitar-playing and coin-collecting for this particular case).
- Zig-Zagged with Dribs who has been a Red Herring, confessed to a crime and been a Red Herring anyway, and confessed to being behind everything, with evidence he actually was at every crime scene, but no proof beyond that in the three cases he appeared in.
- Wilford was guilty in his first appearance, but a Red Herring in the second. He had simply paid his bail and been freed.
- Running Gag: Nick not wanting to touch anything dirty, which comes up most times that he and Judy find something that needs to be cleaned at the crime scene.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: The Two-Ton Teddy additional investigation in Slashy Tires. He was planning to propose to his girlfriend but lost the ring in the limo. When Nick and Judy find the ring box, it's covered in sauce, so they wash it off. Then they look inside to make sure the ring is still there, and the ring is also covered in sauce, so they clean it off. When they return it to Teddy, he is mildly disappointed that it's no longer covered in sauce, because the sauce was a relationship quirk. Made longer by the fact that this arc takes six stars to complete, when most individual additional investigation arcs only take two or three.
- Skewed Priorities: Katee would rather risk going to jail for theft than risk someone else knowing that she uses bogberries to make her grass juice palatable.