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Score: 8.3/10  [3 reviews]
3 out of 5
ProdID: 1240 - CSI: Miami boardgame
Developed by Specialty Board Games Inc

CSI: Miami boardgame
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CSI: Miami boardgame product reviews

Eight crime stories written in the fascinating, compelling style of the hit TV series. Behind the sun, surf and palm trees lurks a darker world. You will quickly learn that each suspect is capable of deceit. By rolling the special die you will follow the evidence, identify the killer, and reveal the truth.

Follow lead criminalist Horatio Caine and his team of CSIs to collect three levels of evidence in order to solve each crime.

The object of the game is to be the first investigator to submit a correct arrest warrant, proving means, motive and opportunity for one of the three suspects.

Box includes:
    •  CSI: Miami gameboard
    •  8 crime cases
    •  40 CSI: Miami Challenge cards
    •  22 Suspect and Evidence cards per case
    •  the CSI: MIami handbook
    •  Arrest Warrant pad
    •  6 CSI player Pieces
    •  Special 12-sided CSI: Miami die

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Review by: boggie (Hayden)
Dated: 23rd of January, 2007

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This Review: 8.3/10
Fun Factor:
Score 8 out of 10
Easy to Understand:
Score 8 out of 10
Score 9 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 8 out of 10

I did enjoy playing this game, and enjoyed it more than the previous edition I felt it was more similar to the actual program. It's also similar to Cluedo.
For 49.99 it is fairly priced, usually would expect to pay much more for a game this size.

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Review by: tucker (Karl)
Dated: 19th of January, 2007

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This Review: 9.0/10
Fun Factor:
Score 8 out of 10
Easy to Understand:
Score 10 out of 10
Score 9 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 9 out of 10

After playing CSI: Senses this game was a radical change in approach. It was a lot simpler, which made it easier and faster to get stuck into, and yet it didn't lose anything by that. if anything, I think this made it MORE playable. It took only a quick run through the rules before we were all digging in and rolling the funky die, seeking clues and evidence, before having a stab at solving the crime.

Some of the evidence was ambiguous at best, totally worthless at worst, but this sometimes changed after further evidence was 'gathered', sometimes sending the player back to re-examine previous clues in a new light. This was much closer to the TV show's layout, which I found quite appealing. However, this made the game less interactive between players, and more of a race to the finish, like Cluedo or Trivial Pursuit. Very "who's the better investigator" rather than "a team effort" which was, I thought, a little disrespectful, but didn't really detract from the gameplay.

Overall, this is quite a fun game for those who a devotees of the CSI franchise, in any of it's three flavours, but definitely would be a bigger hit with fans of the 'Miami' one, especially as many of the trivia questions refer to details specific to the show, it's plots and characters. Science geeks will enjoy the technical questions, fans will enjoy the show questions, and total nuts will enjoy them both... like I did. Wink Icon One amusing glitch... while playing this we found an MISPRINT! The question related to the meaning of 'lividity'... the correct answer being option B, yet the card used the letter C, but with the text from answer B... careful if you hit that one. LOL Icon

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Review by: wheeled thing (David)
Dated: 20th of December, 2006

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This Review: 7.5/10
Fun Factor:
Score 7 out of 10
Easy to Understand:
Score 8 out of 10
Score 8 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 7 out of 10

I've played one other version of this game and had a little more time with that than this version. After the initial setup and reading through the case we had chosen, I found the gameplay similar to the original version.

Moving my playing piece round the board meant rolling a die with pictures representing the different sections. This was kinda cool, but got tedious quickly when you roll the same section again and again... There is only so many times you can read the same info. The evidence was presented well on the case cards, but did tend toward the sparse side, given the limits of the card size. The challenge cards had good questions on them, not so hard as to be a turn off, but not so hard you have a brain implosion trying to figure them out.

I found the leap frog style of play distracting and it didn't flow very smoothly. With the price tag being pretty standard for a game of this size and type, it would be a good pressie for those who like deep thinking games.

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