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For Dead Rising 2 see Cases (Dead Rising 2).

Cases are the series of events that lead Frank West to the truth behind the zombie outbreak in Willamette. When Frank finds out about a case, the Case File Screen appears.

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The Case Panels inside the Case File Screen list important information, such as if the case is pending or engaged, if it's been solved, or if it's expired. You can access the Case File Screen at any time by pressing Start and then on the pause menu selecting "Case File" from the menu.[1]

Time limits[]

Be careful about time. When a case is engaged, a colored gauge appears in the top right corner of the game screen. The color of the gauge shows how much time Frank has to solve the case before it expires and he loses his chance.[2]

For a listing of all the time for all cases and scoops, see 72 Hour Mode#Timeline.

Keep on eye on the Scoop Cue (also for cases) and always make it your top priority, especially when it drops down into the red category.

Scoop Cue color Description
Blue over 6 hours left
Yellow under 6 hours left
Red under 3 hours left
No color unlimited time, or the case has expired already.


Unlike Scoops, which are not required to complete the game, cases must be passed successfully to learn the full truth behind the zombie outbreak and go onto to overtime mode by finishing 72 Hour Mode with a "A" ending.



See also[]


  1. Off, Greg (August 7, 2006). Dead Rising Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. , p. 40
  2. Off, Greg (August 7, 2006). Dead Rising Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. , p. 41

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