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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Board Game

3.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • CSI: The Board game was published in 2004 by Specialty Board Games, Inc.
  • It is based on the Emmy Award-winning television series CSI - Crime Scene Investigation
  • The team investigates and solves unusual crimes.
  • The eight murder cases in the game are written by Canadian award-winning crime writer Max Haines who has researched and written about murder mysteries since 1972. Each case is also reviewed by forensics experts.
  • Our recommended age: 13 years and up, Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
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Product Description

Think you know how to read a crime scene? CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Board Game challenges fledgling detectives to prove their mettle. Designed for ages 13 and up, this thrilling game emulates the popular TV show—and places you on Grissom's team. With help from CSI characters, players become crime scene investigators in a race to collect evidence from 7 crime lab divisions: interrogation, autopsy, identification, trace, ballistics, forensics and DNA. The first player to present Grissom with a correct arrest warrant proving means, motive and opportunity wins. Disclosure cards and Grissom cards affect players as they employ modern science and old-fashioned police work. Features 8 stories written in unique CSI style by award-winning crime writer Max Haines. Includes CSI game board, 8 crime stories, 24 suspect and evidence cards per story, 2 Grissom cards per story, 25 disclosure cards, the CSI handbook, 4 arrest warrants, 4 playing pieces with 8 CSI character choices and 1 die. Made in USA.

From the Manufacturer

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation The Board Game is a fun, interactive, intriguing game that emulates the most popular show on television and allows players to experience the excitement of solving a crime. Designed for players ages 13 and up, the object of the game is to be the first player to enter Grissom?s Office with a correct Arrest Warrant proving means, motive and opportunity. With the help of the show?s main characters, players assume the role of Crime Scene Investigators in a race to collect three levels of evidence from all seven Crime Lab Divisions: Interrogation, Autopsy, Identification, Trace, Ballistics, Forensics, and DNA. Disclosure Cards and Grissom Cards come into play and add to the interaction and excitement of the game. Test yourself, friends and family while learning about cutting-edge scientific methods and old-fashioned investigative police work as you try to build a case against one of the three suspects.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 10.6 x 10.6 inches ; 2.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: Canada
  • ASIN: B00018H66M
  • Item model number: MMGCSI
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 13 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,704 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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My wife is a big fan of CSI, and I looking for something we could do together for entertainment had purchased this game for us.
The board it self is pretty nice...thick cardboard stock with very nice pictures and color scheme that mirrors that of CSI.
You choose to play as one of 8 central characters (it doesn't matter who you play..there are no advantages to any character), and move around the board in a random manner hopefully landing on certain key areas to pick up additional clues.
The game ships with 8 different 'cases', and each time you play, the players try to solve the same case. There are three levels of clues. You must pick up all the clues in level 1 before you can proceed to level 2. Repeat again from level 2 to level 3. Once you have the clues for level 3, you can put together your case and hopefully choose the correct suspect. The 1st player to not only correctly identify the suspect AND the motive and means wins. This may sound fun and exciting, but my wife and I had a different take:
While stories (i.e. 'cases') are intriguing and set the tone and mood for the game, we found the game moves pretty slow. Most of the time, you are hoping to roll the correct number on the dice to land on a space to get a clue, and you can't move on to the next level until you complete the level you are currently on: much time is spent on rolling and moving and getting nothing done.
Second, the clues can be a bit vague or ambiguous. Many of the times we looked at a clue and wondered if it helped at all? Maybe the clues are more refined as we complete levels?
Once you finally get all the clues, and review your notes you have written on your provided 'case file notepad', you can select a suspect, and also select his/his motive, means, and a few other categories.
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First off, I'm a huge CSI fan...I have all of the available seasons, I own and have read of the novels by Max Allen Collins on CSI, and I also have the first PC game that was put out. These earlier purchases kept me wanting more, so when I saw this game at a good price, I couldn't resist!

Unfortunately, I may have to start resisting CSI products if they are similar to this game. I was visiting home when I picked it up, so my parents wanted to give it a try. First, I went over the instructions, or at least tried to, and then read the game description and case description aloud. Everything seemed much too confusing unless you are a die hard CSI fan, and in fact, I even had trouble understanding the game.

I was looking for an enjoyable, carefree game like Monopoly or Scrabble, and found something much too involved and complicated. Unless you know of several other people who are die hard CSI fans and have the patience to use a checklist for a very lengthy game, I do not recommend this game.

I do enjoy the first CSI computer game, however, because you do not need to rely on other people to enjoy it, and you can do as much investigative work as you like.
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I am a science teacher at a Job Corps and am always trying to find games that teach science skills. Since my students and I love crime solving and love the show CSI I thought the game would be great for our Fun Fridays. I was wrong. All of the teachers tried the game out on Christmas break and we hated it. It was slow and confusing. Don't waste your money or your time. I'm hoping I can think of a way to salvage the components of the game and turn them into a learning experience.
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My son asked for this game for Christmas, and I got it for him, even though he is 10 and the game is listed for 13 & up. We played this the other night along with my other son, who is 12. That was three and a half hours of my life that I will never get back...but the kids actually enjoyed it. It took a good half hour to read the directions and explain them to my kids. Then another three hours to play the game (which we didn't technically finish...) I definitely could see a difference between my 12 year old's comprehension of the game vs. that of my 10 year old. So this is something to really pay attention to if you are considering buying this for a younger child. Some of the game cards are to be read silently to yourself, which proved to be difficult since my younger one didn't know some of the technical terms.

The game was a little slow, since you had to land on 7 different "divisions" before moving on to the next level (there are three levels.) When it came to solving the crime, it is a bit similar to "Clue"--you need to land in Grissom's office and identify a suspect. You also need to prove that he/she had the Means, Motive, and Opportunity to commit the crime (this part was difficult to explain to my younger one.) In addition to that, you need to identify the three evidence cards that support your decision. In the game we played, we all guessed the correct suspect, however it was difficult to determine which three cards would support the Means, Motive & Opportunity. Some of the evidence cards were not helpful at all, whereas some of them were extremely vague (so you couldn't tell if it was a clue or not.)

All in all, it is an interesting game if you are playing with others who are quick learners, and also if you start playing early enough so that it isn't 12:30 am by the time you are finished (as in our case!)
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