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This is a simple – though challenging – physics level destruction game featuring 30 stages. Your task is to help the policeman apprehend the robber. Bring law and order to the criminal element by removing the wood planks in the proper order.

  • Avoid either character touching hazards including boulders or bear traps.
  • Don’t activate bombs near either character.
  • Prevent characters from falling off screen left or right.
  • Remove the wood pieces or use them to fling the policeman toward the robber (or to drag the robber into the policeman).





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Catch The Thief Game for Kids Video Game Play Instructions

How to Play

Remove the pieces of wood that separate the cop and the robber. Help the cop catch the robber to win.

  • Starting the Game
    • On the welcome screen, select Play to begin.
    • Your web browser automatically saves your game progress.
  • Game Controls
    • Desktop
      • With your mouse, left click and drag to move the pieces of wood.
    • Touchscreen devices
      • Tap on the screen with your fingers to move the pieces of wood.
    • Controls and indicators (top row, left to right)
      • Level number
      • Reset button
      • Gear button: Opens the pause menu
        • Restart: Resets the level
        • Mute/Unmute: Turns the game’s sounds on and off
        • Home: Quits the game and returns you to the welcome screen
  • Game Play
    • Setting up
      • Choose a level from the level selection screen.
      • Turn the game’s sounds on and off by selecting the speaker button on the top right corner.
    • Levels
      • There are 30 levels in this game, which are unlocked sequentially.
        • You can replay any of the levels you’ve previously beaten.
    • Basic rules
      • Move the planks and crates of wood to bring the cop to the thief.
        • You will win if the cop makes contact with the thief.
        • Likewise, you will lose if the cop falls of the sides or otherwise cannot catch the thief.
      • Move the planks and crates around to make it easier to bring the cop to the thief.
        • Avoid various hazards like rocks and bombs & bear traps. If they hit either the policeman or the thief, it’s game over.
      • As you remove planks, things standing above it start to collapse.
    • Strategy
      • Hazards
        • While you can not move hazards directly, you can grab pieces of wood and use them to fling the hazards away.
        • If hazards are isolated grab a piece of wood near the top and use it to hit the hazard away.
        • If many hazards are near the top of the puzzle and there is no police officer or thief up there you can grab and fling a large plank with all the hazards on it to remove many at once.
      • Grabbing
        • When you grab pieces they can spin arbitrarily at an angle, or retain an ongoing rotation.
          • If that happens sometimes you can set them right back down and grab them again, whereas other times such a move guarantees a loss.
        • Sometimes when you grab items they quickly release, though sometimes they do not.
          • When they do not release but you thought you did what happens is you’ll smash up the scene by dragging the piece around it quickly.
          • Unless you need to make a subsequent fast play it can make sense to hold the mouse cursor wide out of screen and high for a period after each major move.
      • Difficulty
        • Be forewarned this game gets ridiculously difficult in the last 5 stages.
        • As a taste for how absurdly hard it gets, imagine:
          • a bomb next to the police officer on the top row
          • a bomb near the thief on the bottom row
          • a middle floor with 2 bear traps
          • parts of the walls adjacent to the first and second floors are round rocks that can roll as you impact the physics of items above or below
  • Target Audience
    • The game is suited for players who like cops and robbers games.
      • While the police officer is holding a gun there is no shooting of any sort in this game.
    • The game has no adult themed content.

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Free Online Catch The Thief Video Game for Children & Adults Screenshots

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Mobile Friendly Cross Browser Support

This game is rendered in mobile-friendly HTML5, so it offers cross-device gameplay. You can play it on mobile devices like Apple iPhones, Google Android powered cell phones from manufactures like Samsung, tablets like the iPad or Kindle Fire, laptops, and Windows-powered desktop computers. All game files are stored locally in your web browser cache. This game works in Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and other modern web browsers.

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