Sony Turns Detective Mystery Novel Into "Catch A Killer" Facebook Game

Sony Online Entertainment is back again with another Facebook game that has set the bar for future detective games. Catch a Killer, based off of James Patterson's novel, puts the user in the detective realm with all sorts of obstacles to overcome.

Sony Online Entertainment is back again with another Facebook game that has set the bar for future detective games. Catch a Killer, based off of James Patterson‘s novel, puts the user in the detective realm with all sorts of obstacles to overcome. Not only do you investigate crime scenes, but you also examine evidence, interview witnesses and work with Alex Cross to solve the crime.

In Catch A Killer, your main task as detective is to examine the evidence for a series of cases by playing mini-games. While checking crime scenes, particular pieces of evidence are to be found on screen and clicked. Depending on the crime scene, these items can range from a ballpoint pen to a knife. Once evidence is gathered, the user’s forensics skills come into play. Evidence, depending on what it is, may have a clue that cannot be seen by the human eye. However, by using a magnifying glass, duster tools or a UV lamp, the user will be able to pick up clues left behind by the killer.

The game is aggressive in the sense that it’s not for suitable for younger users. There are a lot of cut scenes within the game that I consider to be very graphic for someone under the age of 18: blood, dead bodies and graphic killings. In fact, Catch a Killer is the first Facebook game to be labeled ‘mature’ for its users.

Just because the game is considered to be ‘mature’ isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This type of game may be able to pick up gamers who aren’t necessarily into planting crops, building cities and exchanging goods with friends. Users who may be more interested in a game that doesn’t require you to be on constantly, seek a game with more of a mysterious feel to it or just want something more graphic than typical Facebook games will enjoy what Sony Online Entertainment has done with the game.

Think that the idea of energy is gone? Think again. In Catch a Killer, energy is a main focus of the game like other Facebook games. In order to complete certain tasks, the user is forced to use available energy. When energy runs out, the user has the option of buying more energy or asking a friend for any available energy as a gift. Energy is what makes this game a social game.

Catch a killer will set the tone for future detective games and Facebook social games in general. It takes social gamers away from the stigma that is usually attached with Facebook social games and moves them into a different direction. A direction, some may feel, is for the better. It will be interesting to see if Zynga, a top social gaming developer, will come out with a game like Catch a Killer to attract a more ‘mature’ audience to their base.

Catch a Killer is a game that all social media users should give a try at some point to see if they’re into this type of social gaming or not. Currently, Catch a Killer has 16,248 monthly active users.

Are you interested in what James Patterson has to say about the game? Check it out here.