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NCIS: Hidden Crimes General Gameplay Queries

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How do I get coins to progress in the story?
Can I get coins faster?
How do I upgrade a scene?
What is upgrading a scene?
How do I know a scene is ready to be upgraded?
What is a game mode bonus?
How do I select other evidence from the scene selection menu?
What are the different investigation modes in a scene?
What are numbers / multipliers at the top of the scenes?
Is it possible to investigate scenes for less energy?
How do I regain energy?
Can I increase the size of my energy bar?
What are partners?
How do I add partners?
Can it take less time to complete an analysis?
How do I get to the next episode?
How do I get mission orders?
I can't find a hidden object! What should I do?
How is my score calculated?
How do I know when I'll level up / rank up?
Are you going to release more episodes?
How can I select / change my avatar?
What is MTAC and how can I access it?
What is the evidence locker?
Where can I find the objects needed in the evidence locker?
What are the dynamic objects I have to drag and drop sometimes?
What can I access from the map screen?
What can I access from the story objective screen?
What are trophies?
Which members of the NCIS team do I get to investigate with?
What is cash?
How do I get more cash?
What are reports?
How do I get more reports?
How can I rewatch the videos from the beginning of the episode?


How do I get coins to progress in the story?
You can get coins multiple ways!
- Helping Abby in the evidence locker: find scene items in the hidden object scenes, complete her sets, and claim the coin rewards.
- When you level or rank-up.
- When you claim your trophies.
- From MTAC missions.
- By making an In-App Purchase (IAP).

Can I get coins faster?
You can get coins faster by making an In-App Purchase (IAP) and purchasing coins from the shop.

How do I upgrade a scene?
You can upgrade a scene by playing it and earning score to increase the scene level. When the scene level has been reached, you can then upgrade the scene by using the upgrade button on the scene pop-up.

What is upgrading a scene?
Once you reach a certain number of points on a scene after playing it multiple times, you get to upgrade it and do the following:
- Unlock new scene items when playing a scene.
- Unlock new game modes for more diverse fun as well as permanent perks!

How do I know a scene is ready to be upgraded?
You have two ways of finding out if a scene is ready to be upgraded:
- On the scene selection step, "Upgrade Now" will be displayed at the top.
- On the map, a green arrow will be on top of the scene's thumbnail.

What is a game mode bonus?
Some of the scene upgrades enable you to unlock additional game modes. Playing these game modes bring you various permanent perks, such as (but not limited to) faster scene upgrade or faster rate of getting a mission order.

How do I select other evidence from the scene selection menu?
You can select other evidence on the scene pop-up once the scene has been upgraded. Simply tap the evidence item.

What are the different investigation modes in a scene?
Every scene can be played in Classic Mode. Two additional modes are available per scene when a scene is either upgraded or the mode is unlocked by purchasing it with in-game cash.
The other modes available are: Classic, Time Attack, Shredder, Mirrored, Word Chase, and Silhouette.

What are numbers / multipliers at the top of the scenes?
The score multipliers provide more score for the associated object word and will increase for every correct multiplier hidden object found in the scene.

Is it possible to investigate scenes for less energy?
Nice try, probie! Investigating scenes costs a fixed 10 energy per scene.

How do I regain energy?
The energy bar is refilled by 1 energy unit every 90 seconds. Energy can also be rewarded when you level or rank up, claim trophies, and from the MTAC missions. You can also earn energy when you examine clues by completing a mini-game and from choosing the correct answer during some suspect interrogations.

Can I increase the size of my energy bar?
Yes you can! An energy bar extender is rewarded on certain level and rank ups.

What are partners?
Partners are either NCIS agents or your real social media friends when you invite them to play NCIS: Hidden Crimes. Partners give you energy rewards and real friend partners help you to unlock more NCIS agents.

How do I add partners?
You can add more partners by inviting friends to play NCIS: Hidden Crimes. You can select a partner before playing a hidden object scene. Remember, partners have a cool down time when you use them, so the more friends you invite, the more partners you can use to help you out.

Can it take less time to complete an analysis?
Sure! To complete the analysis immediately you can use in-game cash!

How do I get to the next episode?
The next episode is available once the current episode has been completed. A new episode requires you to start research and either wait for the episode timer to count down, use reports earned from the MTAC missions, or by unlocking the next episode with in-game cash.

How do I get mission orders?
You can get 1 mission order for every 8 hidden object scenes played. Mission orders can also be rewarded when you level or rank up, claim trophies, and from the MTAC missions.

I can't find the hidden object! What should I do?
Don't worry, there are several ways you can get help. Try tapping on a word to reveal the hidden object to help visualize the word. You can also use power-ups to help you find hidden objects in the scene. The hint and sniper power-ups are what you should try if you need help finding an object.

How is my score calculated?
Your score is earned when you discover hidden objects in the crime scenes. It can be valuable objects such as clues or normal objects, but both will reward you score. You will earn more score for each hidden object by finding words with the multiplier attached to them.
Your score is calculated by the following:
Base Score = Hidden objects found
Time Bonus = How fast you completed the hidden object scene
Accuracy Bonus = If you made any mistakes in the hidden object scene like tapping a wrong object
Combo Bonus = How many multiplier objects found and the multiplier level

How do I know when I'll level up / rank up?
The level shield is shown in the top left of the screen. When you earn XP for completing hidden object scenes and story objectives, the shield will fill up. When it is completely filled, you will level or rank up.

Are you going to release more episodes?
You will be happy to know that we plan to regularly release new episodes. Stay updated with the latest episode releases by visiting our NCIS: Hidden Crimes Facebook page.

How can I select / change my avatar?
You can access the avatar shop by tapping your avatar shown in the top left corner of the screen. The avatar shop is the place to choose, preview, and purchase new avatar outfits. You can also change gender for a small cost to view more avatars.

What is MTAC and how can I access it?
In the MTAC missions, you can contact special agents across the globe to locate rewards for you. You will need a mission order to start a MTAC mission. You can access it from the map at the bottom of the screen.

What is the evidence locker?
The evidence locker is where you go to help Abby find scene items from the hidden object scenes and exchange the scene items for coins.

Where can I find the objects needed in the evidence locker?
Inside the evidence locker you can tap on the find buttons below each scene item image. This will show you the hidden object scene the scene is located in.

What are the dynamic objects I have to drag and drop sometimes?
At the end of some hidden object scenes, you need to match a clue with one of the glowing objects in the scene to find a new clue. If you match correctly on your first go, you will get a reward.

What can I access from the map screen?
The map screen is where all of the hidden object scenes are accessed. You can swipe the map to scroll it and view the scenes and the upcoming and deleted episode pins. From the map screen you can also access evidence, MTAC missions, trophies and settings screens, as well as the gifts pop-up.

What can I access from the story objective screen?
The story objective screen is the main story hub of an episode. In here, you can start story objectives and access the suspect, evidence, and map screens.

What are trophies?
When you complete specific goals in the game, you can claim trophies and get rewards.

Which members of the NCIS team do I get to investigate with?
The NCIS team is available to help you when you select them as your partner. Bishop is immediately on hand, but you can also unlock the rest of the NCIS team by inviting friends to the game. The NCIS team includes: Bishop, DiNozzo, Abby, McGee, Ducky, Gibbs, and Palmer. Each agent offers partner rewards.

What is cash?
Cash is the premium currency used in NCIS: Hidden Crimes. You can use cash to purchase a variety of items, to unlock content, and speed up timers. As well as being offered as an In-App Purchase (IAP), cash is also rewarded throughout the game.

How do I get more cash?
You can get cash from the shop by making an In-App Purchase (IAP). Cash can also be rewarded when you level or rank up, claim trophies, and from the MTAC missions.

What are reports?
Reports can be used to speed up the episode unlock timer when a new episode is available.

How do I get more reports?
You can only get reports from the MTAC missions by contacting special agents across the globe to locate them for you. You can increase your chances of earning a report by using coins on the Increase Report Chances bar. The coin cost will go up for every increase of the bar until it is maxed out. The bar will remain at its current level until you win a report, even if you exit the MTAC missions screen or exit the app.

How can I rewatch the videos from the beginning of the episode?
The movies at the start and sometimes inside an episode can only be viewed at that time. You cannot rewatch them. When a new episode is available, you can watch a trailer movie of the next episode.

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