The Murder Games is a case featured in Criminal Case as the one-hundred forty-fifth case of the game. It is the thirtieth case of the game's World Edition (Season 3) and the final one to take place in East Asia.
Sanjay contacted Carmen and told the cops that SOMBRA ordered the brainwashed orphans to kill one another until only one survived—an event they called "The Hunt". Chieko, Sanjay, SILVERee, and Ronin Ozawa were all detained for involvement in The Hunt, with Ronin being arrested for weapon and orphan trafficking. Furthermore, June Douglas narrowly killed her sister, April, after Chieko taught her how to use a crossbow. Eventually, Obaasan was arrested for Hiroshi's murder.
After denying involvement, Obaasan admitted that she shot Hiroshi with a crossbow because she accused him of being weak for refusing to take part in The Hunt. Furthermore, Obaasan believed only SOMBRA could provide the children with a good future. Judge Adaku sentenced her to life in jail for Hiroshi's murder, the abduction and brainwashing of orphans, and obstruction of justice.
Post-trial, SILVERee returned the orphans their most valuable possessions to help them out of their brainwashing. With his and Marina's help, the player restored Sanjay and Chieko's memories of their friends. The cops released the three from detention and offered to get Sanjay and Chieko a family via Spring Angels, Lars and Angela's foundation. While Chieko liked the idea, Sanjay refused to be adopted by strangers, so Carmen agreed in being his legal guardian.
Ronin negotiated his freedom with Jonah and the player by helping them track down the orphans who still believed they had to kill one another. Ronin pointed the cops to a command unit in the temple, which Elliot used to stop The Hunt. Ronin then directed the cops to the abandoned classroom for information about SOMBRA's future plans. They found a DVD which (per Elliot's analysis) contained a prerecorded message with an unknown girl telling the sole survivor of The Hunt to go to Bangkok, Thailand.
- Tsukada Hiroshi (found with an arrow in his back)
- The killer is skilled with a crossbow.
- The killer likes puzzles.
- The killer speaks Japanese.
- The killer wears blue.
- The killer is female.
- Investigate Temple Garden. (Clues: Hiroshi's Backpack, Victim's Body; Victim identified: Tsukada Hiroshi; New Suspect: Tsukada Chieko)
- Ask Chieko what she knows about her brother's murder. (Prerequisite: Temple Garden investigated; New Crime Scene Unlocked: Shinto Temple)
- Investigate Shinto Temple. (Prerequisite: Chieko interrogated; Clues: Pincushion, Wooden Puzzle)
- Examine Pincushion. (Result: Hair Sample)
- Examine Hair Sample. (New Suspect: Obaasan)
- Ask Obaasan about her pincushion. (Prerequisite: Hair Sample identified under microscope)
- Examine Wooden Puzzle. (Result: Writing on Puzzle)
- Analyze Writing on Puzzle. (03:00:00; Attribute: The killer likes puzzles)
- Examine Hiroshi's Backpack. (Result: Flyer)
- Examine Flyer. (Result: Flyer Text; New Suspect: SILVERee)
- Ask SILVERee about his flyer. (Prerequisite: Flyer Text unraveled)
- Autopsy Victim's Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: The killer is skilled with a crossbow)
- Go to Chapter 2. (No stars)
- Investigate Abandoned Classroom. (Available after unlocking Chapter 2; Clues: Locked Crate, Painted Doll; New Suspect: Sanjay Korrapati)
- Examine Locked Crate. (Result: Weapons Crate)
- Analyze Weapons Crate. (06:00:00; New Suspect: Ronin Ozawa)
- Interrogate Ronin Ozawa about the crate of weapons. (Prerequisite: Weapons Crate analyzed; Profile updated: Ronin is skilled with a crossbow)
- Examine Painted Doll. (Result: Japanese Writing)
- Analyze Japanese Writing. (12:00:00; Attribute: The killer speaks Japanese; New Crime Scene Unlocked: Temple Corner; Profiles updated: Chieko speaks Japanese, Obaasan speaks Japanese)
- Investigate Temple Corner. (Prerequisite: Japanese Writing analyzed; Clues: Torn Photo, Shuriken)
- Examine Torn Photo. (Result: Unknown Girl on Photo)
- Examine Unknown Girl on Photo. (Result: Obaasan)
- Ask Obaasan about the old class photo. (Prerequisite: Obaasan identified on Class Photo; Profile updated: Obaasan is skilled with a crossbow and likes puzzles)
- Examine Shuriken. (Result: Shiny Powder)
- Analyze Shiny Powder. (12:00:00)
- Ask SILVERee about the shuriken. (Prerequisite: Shiny Powder analyzed; Profile updated: SILVERee is skilled with a crossbow and speaks Japanese)
- Ask Sanjay what he knows about the murder. (Prerequisite: Abandoned Classroom investigated)
- Go to Chapter 3. (No stars)
- Investigate Garden Footbridge. (Available after unlocking Chapter 3; Clues: SOMBRA Armband, Locked Phone, Machete)
- Examine SOMBRA Armband. (Result: Skin Cells)
- Analyze Skin Cells. (09:00:00)
- Interrogate Chieko about her SOMBRA armband. (Prerequisite: Skin Cells analyzed; Profile updated: Chieko is skilled with a crossbow and likes puzzles)
- Examine Locked Phone. (Result: Ronin's Phone)
- Interrogate Ronin about his involvement in the child hunt. (Prerequisite: Ronin's Phone unlocked; Profile updated: Ronin likes puzzles and speaks Japanese)
- Examine Machete. (Result: Writing on Blade)
- Ask Sanjay about his machete. (Prerequisite: Writing on Machete's Blade unraveled; Profile updated: Sanjay likes puzzles)
- Investigate Overturned Desks. (All tasks above must be completed; Clues: Broken Pieces, School Supplies)
- Examine Broken Pieces. (Result: Crossbow)
- Analyze Crossbow. (09:00:00; Murder Weapon registered: Crossbow; Attribute: The killer wears blue)
- Examine School Supplies. (Result: Dog Tag)
- Analyze Dog Tag. (15:00:00; Attribute: The killer is female)
- Take care of the killer now!
- Go to Innocence Lost (6/6). (No stars)
Innocence Lost (6/6)
- Ask Ronin what he wants. (Available after unlocking Innocence Lost)
- Investigate Temple Garden. (Prerequisite: Ask Ronin; Clue: Locked Device)
- Examine Locked Device. (Result: Communication Device)
- Analyze Communication Device. (06:00:00)
- See if Ronin will offer intelligence about SOMBRA. (Prerequisite: Communication Device analyzed; Reward Burger)
- Investigate Abandoned Classroom. (Prerequisite: See Ronin; Clue: Broken Item)
- Examine Broken Item. (Result: DVD)
- Analyze DVD. (06:00:00)
- Investigate Shinto Temple. (Available after unlocking Innocence Lost; Clues: Plush Elephant, Basket)
- Examine Plush Elephant. (Result: Sanjay's Message)
- Give the plush elephant back to Sanjay. (Prerequisite: Sanjay's Message unraveled; Reward: 20,000 Coins)
- Examine Basket. (Result: Hiroshi's Locket)
- Give the locket back to Chieko. (Prerequisite: Hiroshi's Locket found; Reward: [MALE] Kabuki Makeup, [FEMALE] Geisha Makeup)
- Talk to Sanjay about his adoption. (Prerequisite: Belongings returned to Sanjay and Chieko)
- Move on to a new crime (in Oceania)! (1 star)
- The case's title is an obvious reference to The Hunger Games, a popular multimedia franchise created by Suzanne Collins. Furthermore, the case's plot is clearly based on said franchise.
- This case was released on a Tuesday instead of the usual Thursday due to holiday festivities per Pretty Simple.
- Although Carmen is the player's partner during the investigation, Jack is the one who appears in the player's teammate selection screen when they investigate a crime scene in this case.
- This is one of nine cases in World Edition where all suspects have appeared previously.
- This is one of the several cases in which more than one suspect gets arrested.
- This case, Countdown to Murder, Till Death Do Us Part, Fool's Gold and Going Once, Going Twice, Dead! are currently the only final cases of a district/region in which the victim made no physical appearances prior to the events of those cases.
- This is one of the cases in which the killer changes into the prison clothes without having been interrogated in the Additional Investigation.