At first glance, the crime-solving scientists who made the CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation the top drama series on television may not lend themselves to a video slot theme. But IGT has made it into three—in one machine.
IGT’s new CSI slot series puts all three shows in the franchise—the original, plus spinoffs CSI: Miami and CSI: NY—into a single slot machine. In a nod to the way smart phones shift between apps, players simply swipe the screen of this game to switch among games depicting each CSI show.
The background, characters and reel symbols change instantly to depict the original show or one of the two spin-offs. So does the giant vertical top-box video screen, which shows the cast of the CSI version chosen with some police crime tape over the top. Audio, video clips and, of course, the theme music provided by The Who, reflect the version of the show chosen.
In the primary five-reel, 30-line base game, the winning symbols are the main characters of each show, plus various CSI equipment like fingerprint kits and cameras. Nods to the shows include such bonus features as “Trace Evidence” symbols which, when they land, turn the “lights” out on the reel window. Black light reveals the forensic evidence—extra wild symbols.
The main bonus, though, really captures the essence of the series by showing you—what else?—a crime scene. You’re the CSI, and your job is to look around a murder scene for pieces of evidence. You touch the body, an overturned lamp, a blood stain… The game even captures the more gruesome aspects of the popular show. Discover three or more pieces of evidence, and it triggers a free-game bonus, in which the big wins come from “DNA evidence” at the forensic lab.
Manufacturer: International Game Technology
Format: Five-reel, 30-line video slot
Max Bet: 2,000
Top Award: 6,000 times bet
Hit Frequency: 40%
Theoretical Hold: 1.9%—12.4%