A Deadly Game is a case featured in Criminal Case, appearing as the twentieth case of the game as well as the city of Grimsborough. It takes place in the Financial Center, a district based in Grimsborough.
After the police received a finger in the mail, with a note telling them to investigate further at a homeless camp. They then collected two more fingers and identified their victim as homeless man Steve Wood after beginning their investigation.
Mid-investigation, they questioned the residents of a loft the killer had sent them to, vassal Harper McAlister and her brother Tyler McAlister, before they discovered the victim's fourth finger and an iron maiden, which Nathan confirmed was the murder weapon. After the detectives recovered the final finger and the victim's body, they then incriminated Tyler as the sadistic killer.
Tyler then admitted that he wanted to kill someone. He knew that Steve lived in a homeless camp in Cooperville and that he had recently got out of prison, and therefore, Tyler took full advantage of it. He told Steve that he would help him to get back on his feet. The two met and Tyler took Steve to a creepy basement where he tortured the victim, cut off his fingers, ripped out and ate his liver, and finally killed him using an iron maiden, an old torture instrument. He then spread the fingers in different locations in a game with the police. Tyler's manner of manslaughter horrified Grimsborough anew, and Judge Hall sentenced him to life imprisonment with no chance for parole.
After the arrest, they helped mistress Jezabela find her missing lithography, Harper with finding her pills and ex-convict Lennie Adams with finding his missing watch so he could move away from the city.
- Steve Wood (got his fingers cut off before finally dying at the hands of a sadistic torturer)
- Iron Maiden
- Tyler McAlister
- The killer eats caviar.
- The killer takes sleeping pills.
- The killer uses formol.
- The killer has blond hair.
- The killer wears a tie.
- Analyze Finger. (06:00:00; Available after unlocking Chapter 1; Attribute: The killer eats caviar)
- Investigate Vagrant Shelter. (Available after unlocking Chapter 1; Clues: Dirt Pile, Locked Box, Finger #2)
- Examine Dirt Pile. (Result: Button)
- Examine Button. (Result: DNA)
- Analyze DNA. (00:30:00; New Suspect: Lennie Adams)
- Talk to Lennie Adams. (Prerequisite: DNA analyzed)
- Examine Locked Box. (Result: Note)
- Examine Note. (Result: Revealed Note; New Crime Scene Unlocked: Creepy Basement)
- Investigate Creepy Basement. (Prerequisite: Note revealed; Clues: Necklace with Leash, Finger #3)
- Analyze Finger #3. (06:00:00; Attribute: The killer uses formol)
- Examine Necklace with Leash. (Result: Jezabela's Engraving; New Suspect: Jezabela)
- Talk to Jezabela. (Prerequisite: Jezabela's Engraving deciphered; New Suspect: Harper McAlister)
- Talk to Harper McAlister. (Prerequisite: Jezabela interrogated)
- Victim identified: Steve Wood (All tasks before must be done first)
- Go to Chapter 2. (No stars)
- Investigate Living Room. (Available after unlocking Chapter 2; Clue: Medicine Cabinet)
- Examine Medicine Cabinet. (Result: Bottle)
- Examine Bottle. (Result: Formol Bottle)
- Talk to Tyler McAlister. (Prerequisite: Formol Bottle deciphered; Profiles updated: Tyler eats caviar and uses formol, Harper uses formol)
- Talk to Harper McAlister. (Prerequisite: Tyler interrogated; Profile updated: Harper eats caviar)
- Investigate Torture Table. (Prerequisite: Formol Bottle deciphered; Clues: Caviar Spoon, Torn Cover, Finger #4, Iron Maiden)
- Examine Caviar Spoon. (Result: Fingerprints)
- Examine Fingerprints. (Result: Jezabela's Fingerprints)
- Talk to Jezabela. (Prerequisite: Fingerprints identified; Profile updated: Jezabela eats caviar)
- Examine Torn Cover. (Result: "The Human Burger Theory" Book; New Suspect: Nelson Campbell)
- Talk to Nelson Campbell. (Prerequisite: Book Cover restored; Profile updated: Nelson eats caviar)
- Examine Finger #4. (Result: Hair)
- Analyze Hair. (06:00:00; Attribute: The killer has blond hair and takes sleeping pills)
- Analyze Iron Maiden. (06:00:00; Murder Weapon registered: Iron Maiden)
- Go to Chapter 3. (No stars)
- Investigate Broken Car. (Available after unlocking Chapter 3; Clues: Jarred Finger, Pills, Torn Card)
- Examine Torn Card. (Result: Nelson Campbell's Business Card)
- Talk to Nelson Campbell. (Prerequisite: Business Card restored)
- Talk to Tyler McAlister. (Prerequisite: Nelson interrogated; New Crime Scene Unlocked: Couch)
- Investigate Couch. (Clue: Empty Glass)
- Analyze Glass. (00:30:00)
- Talk to Harper McAlister. (Prerequisite: Glass analyzed; Profiles updated: Harper takes sleeping pills, Tyler takes sleeping pills)
- Examine Sleeping Pills. (Result: Lennie Adams' Sleeping Pills; Profile updated: Lennie takes sleeping pills)
- Talk to Lennie Adams. (Profile updated: Label on Sleeping Pills deciphered)
- Investigate Creepy Basement. (All tasks before must be done first; Clue: Victim's Body)
- Autopsy Victim's Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: The killer wears a tie)
- Take care of the killer now!
- Go to Additional Investigation. (No stars)
- Check up on Lennie Adams. (Available after unlocking Additional Investigation)
- Investigate Vagrant Shelter. (Prerequisite: Lennie interrogated; Clue: Earth Pile)
- Examine Earth Pile. (Result: Gold Watch)
- Examine Gold Watch. (Result: Lennie's Watch)
- Give his gold watch back to Lennie Adams. (Prerequisite: Lennie's Watch identified; Reward: 100 XP)
- Check that Harper McAlister is doing ok. (Available after unlocking Additional Investigation)
- Investigate Living Room. (Prerequisite: Harper interrogated; Clue: Prescription Bottle)
- Examine Prescription Bottle. (Result: Pills)
- Analyze Pills. (03:00:00)
- Give her pills to Harper McAlister. (Prerequisite: Pills analyzed; Reward: Burger)
- See why Jezabela wants to see you. (Available after unlocking Additional Investigation)
- Investigate Creepy Basement. (Prerequisite: Jezabela interrogated; Clue: Torn Painting)
- Examine Torn Painting. (Result: Jezabela's Lithography)
- Give her lithography back to Jezabela. (Prerequisite: Lithography restored; Reward: [MALE] Leather Cloth, Spike Choker, [FEMALE] Whip, Leather Outfit)
- Move on to a new crime! (1 star)
- This case and Dead Heat are the only two cases in the game in which the victim's body is not found in the first chapter.
- This is one of the cases in which the player has to investigate the same crime scene twice during the main leg.
- This case, Corpse in a Garden, The Secret Experiments and A Brave New World are the only cases in Grimsborough in which the victim's body is not found in the first crime scene.
- This is the only case in the Financial Center in which neither the suspects nor the victim make an appearance as a suspect in previous or later cases.
- This case and A Shot of Beauty are the only cases in Grimsborough that require stars only to unlock the next case, aside from normal star usage. No stars are required to advance in between chapters.
- In Jezabela's Lithography puzzle it shows the historical picture of Vlad III the Impaler.
- The cover picture of the book Human Burger Theory is the famous painting Saturn Devouring His Son, by Spanish artist Francisco Goya.
- In the crime scene "Torture Table," a newspaper mentioning the murder of Samuel Rye can be seen.