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The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story (2022) is a point-and-click narrative game where you investigate crimes to solve a chain of murders spanning 100 years. Play is a matter of observing the crimes unfold in real time and then clicking to investigate and interrogate suspects. It stands out for its live-action presentation using real actors and how the murders span three time periods (1922, 1972, and 2022) with interweaving and equivalent characters.

The Shijima family have suffered a string of inexplicable deaths over the past century. You play novelist Haruka Kagami who takes on solving the four murder cases. Each of the three episodes is made of three phases.
  • Incident Phase: Where you watch the murder from start to end.
  • Reasoning phase: Find and combine Clues and Mysteries to create a hypothesis that leads you down different paths of investigation.
  • Solution Phase: Acuse the killer and strike back as they try and refute your claims

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 14 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative, Point-and-Click and Sequencing game with Brain Game, Communication and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 14 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for strong violence. This game contains live-action scenes showing characters engaged in close-quarter fighting. There is sight of stabbings, with traditional Japanese weapons, resulting in moderate amounts of blood but no graphic wound details. Characters react in a realistic manner. There is also the sight of bloodstained bodies. The game also includes some bad language, such as '*!@?*'.

We spoke to PEGI about the rating, and they confirmed that the game also included mild swearing (e.g., ‘*!@?*’) which falls within the PEGI 12 criteria. This isn't highlighted in the rating descriptors as the Violence is PEGI 16. The Language descriptor would apply at PEGI 16 if the swearing included sexual expletives.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood, Mild Language, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Violence. While watching live-action sequences, players help solve murders and determine culprit(s) by examining clues and character interactions. Crime scenarios are sometimes depicted in the form of humanoid/silhouetted figures enacting crimes, with accompanying blood-splatter effects. Live-action sequences are presented after crimes have been solved (i.e., correct hypotheses): characters getting poisoned, stabbed, and slashed at. Blood pools sometimes appear underneath victims' bodies. Some sequences depict people drinking alcohol at a bar; main characters falling over drunk; conversations about being drunk. One sequence depicts a figure smoking a cigarette. The words “a*s” and “*!@?*” appear in the game.
The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is a story of life and death. In uncovering the mystery of the Shijima family's chain of inexplicable deaths spanning a century, you will uncover acts of violence, crime and death. Your investigations will contain imagery of blood, drugs and violence. The game contains adult themes and scenes some may find distressing. On the Apple App Store it is rated 12+ for Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence and Horror/Fear Themes.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to have good investigative skills and the ability to make connections between different information. Being inquisitive is important, as is an ability to deal with large amounts of information.


The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story usually costs £39.99. 

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story

Switch StoreSALE Switch £39.99 £15.99 until 25/07/2024
Steam Store PC £39.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £39.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £39.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/05/2022

Price: 60% off

Out Now: Android, PS4, PS5, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click, Sequencing (Brain Game, Communication and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person and Filmed

Developer: Square Enix (@SquareEnix)

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