CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Board Game
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Why to hard to understand how you are supposed to do the game. Even when we have different people reading the instructionsPublished 7 months ago by Michael Jones
I love the TV show CSI and this game we used this game in my class I take in college for my BS Criminal Justice/ Crime Scene Investigation. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's "Clue" for adults. I really enjoyed playing this game. It will take about thirty minutes to an hour to play.Published on April 15, 2013 by wonderwall8949
I am a huge fan of CSI so this game was definitely right for me. It is a lot of fun!!!Published on July 17, 2012 by Sue
If you are or know a CSI fan this would make a great gift. It gives you a chance to play like your a CSI and solve a crime.Published on December 12, 2011 by L. Nichols
I rated it low, because the game is so hard it's assanine to figure out.
i bought it for my 14 year old sister, cause she's obsessed with CSI, and I can't even figure... Read more
But it takes about 3 hrs (give or take) to play a complete game. Not for the young cuz it takes so long and has a lot of stuff they just won't get. Read morePublished on January 14, 2009 by Cheri Hopkins