CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is one of those slot machines that it would be a crime to miss out on. Based of course, on the hugely popular TV series, this 5-reel, 30-payline game can be found at some of the best online and mobile casinos. You’ll find photo images of the main cast, pictures of lab equipment, fingerprints, plus special bits of evidence that help you to uncover some extra payouts and features.
As it’s based on such a popular show, it’s no big surprise to discover that the CSI slot machine is one of the most successful games, helped by the fact that you can play it at land-based casinos, top New Jersey casino sites, top PA casino sites and via Android or Apple mobile devices. It comes from IGT, who have taken their vast experience and ensured that CSI is a slot where all the evidence points to some great winning potential.
Wild symbols and free spins where all payouts will be doubled are popular features, but nothing new. However, players also get to enjoy respins with locked wild symbols and the way that evidence is collected is pretty unique.
With prizes that max out at 5,000x the line stake, or 50,000.00 at the maximum stakes, it’s time to head over to New York or Miami (you choose), where the sleuths of CSI are waiting to greet you. There’s also the option to check out the freeplay version below, but of course, there’s no real cash to win this way.
Before your mission begins, you will need to decide how much to stake per spin. There’s the option to activate any number of the paylines, but unless you use all 20, you won’t be able to claim for each winning combination that appears. Wagers on all lines can add up to as little as 0.20 per spin, or as much as 100.00, with lots of options in between to suit casual players and high rolling gamblers alike.
A simple Auto function spins the reels on their own for up to 100 times and while you can also decide whether to listen to the sound or not, we found the strange whooshing noises to be faintly irritating, so muted it pretty quickly.
If you have played slots before, you will no doubt be familiar with the way that you win prizes by landing 3 or more of the same symbol from left to right across an active line. The amount is expressed as multiplies of the per-line stake, which is also a standard format. If you’re new to playing slot machines, don’t worry as you will have it worked out in just a few winning spins.
The big blue Paytable button gathers more evidence about the game, revealing what each symbol is worth at your chosen bet level and outlines what to expect from each bonus feature.
One of the first things you are likely to do is decide which series of the show you want to play, New York, or Miami. It’s easy to flick between the options though and the cast symbols are the only real difference. These characters pay out the higher prizes, with the lab equipment, DNA strand and UV torch paying the smaller, but usually more frequently seen, rewards.
The CSI slot game is packed with bonus symbols though, and we’ll start with the wild symbol, as this is the one that tends to turn up the most. The Wild is able to act as others, completing extra combinations for you when it fills in any gaps in lines of matching symbols. There’s also the CSI badge, which triggers 5, 10, or 30 free spins when it stops in any 3, 4, or 5 places at once.
Although these are fairly common features in slot games, CSI has some unusual treats for you. If the Lock ‘n’ Re-spin symbol appears in a winning spin all symbols that made up the prize-winning combination stay in place, while all other symbol positions spin once more for free. With a little luck, you will land more of the same symbol and bet a bigger prize, but even if you don’t, you get the same win paid out once more.
The Crime Scene feature is pretty unique as well. Land the image of police cars and yellow tape on 3 or more adjacent reels to collect images of a footprint, blood, bullet or fibre of clothing. Once you have collected all four bits of evidence, you get a cash award. If you have any pieces of evidence when the free spins are triggered, all wins during the bonus games are tripled in value!
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Fan of the show will certainly enjoy this action-packed, low-volatility slot machine. If you haven’t seen CSI, it’s still an entertaining game, especially when the various bonus features are triggered. NetEnt have a similar game, called Crime Scene and it even has some features that work in much the same way.
Sticky wild symbols can stay on the reels for up to 5 spins and there’s a special bonus round where you click on evidence folders to discover coin wins and multipliers. It’s a higher-volatility game which will suit players who like higher payouts and don’t mind waiting a bit longer for them to occur.
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