Going by the rash of television shows about them, one would think that being a crime scene investigator is a blast! Of course, being a detective in real life probably isn’t nearly as fun as it looks on television, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream.
In Net Entertainment’s slot machine Crime Scene, you’ll get to live out your fantasy of finding clues and examining evidence. There are even opportunities to win some extra money in an entertaining bonus round. It may not be quite like the real thing, but Crime Scene is definitely a fun way to make some money while solving – well, pretending to solve – a crime at the same time.
How to Play Crime Scene
Crime Scene can be found at most casino sites that feature games from NetEnt. Like most NetEnt slots, it’s a five-reel game, though this particular machine only features 15 paylines. NetEnt typically follows the standard slots format, and this game is no exception; the object is to match like symbols from left to right across your active paylines. You can wager up to 10 coins on each line, which is great for high rollers.
Most of the symbols in Crime Scene are very cool and thematic. The lower-value symbols are once again represented by the classic poker rank symbols, but with the twist that they’re written in chalk into the crime scene’s pavement. More money can be earned by matching symbols like guns, equipment, and the bloody footprint, which has the highest prize of 750 credits per coin wagered if you can match five of them.
Bonus Games in Crime Scene
There are two special bonus features in Crime Scene. One of these is a mini-game that takes place on the reels, while the other is an exciting investigation bonus round that can earn you huge rewards.
The first bonus feature is the sticky wild. The police badge symbol acts as a wild symbol in this game, substituting for all of the game’s standard symbols to make wins.
However, there are two special elements to this wild symbol. First, all wins made using the wild are tripled, leading to some huge wins. Even better, these wilds are sticky, meaning they’ll lock themselves on the reels for up to five spins. You’ll know how many spins each wild is sticking around for by looking at the badge number; it will count down as the symbol gets closer to expiring.
INVESTIGATION BONUS ROUND
Anyone who has seen CSI or any other crime show knows how important computers are to modern crime solving, and that’s what the Investigation Bonus Round is all about. When you start playing this game, you’ll see a five-by-six grid of file folders. Click on a folder, and one of several things will occur:
• You can get an instant credit prize.
• You can unlock a piece of evidence. Each piece of evidence has a value, which is instantly awarded to you. As an added bonus, the value of all of the evidence you’ve collected is then added to every future win you receive during the game. For instance, if you’ve found evidence worth 100 credits, and you open a folder that offers a prize of 60 credits, you’ll win 160 credits instead.
• You might unlock an X symbol. This ends the game, but also presents you with four envelopes that offer rewards. You might win instant credits, or even be sent back into the game for a second chance!
• You can also find a “second chance” symbol. This will protect you against one future “X”.
At the end of this game, all of your winnings will be totaled and awarded to you in the form of bonus credits. The higher the number of coins you played for on the spin that activated the bonus game, the more credits you’re likely to win. If you’ve made a large bet, it’s easily possible to win several thousand credits in this game!
Other Notes on Crime Scene
Overall, I found Crime Scene to be a lot of fun to play. Like many of the NetEnt games, it creates a fairly immersive experience without having to complicate things with tons of different bonus features in order to do so. Somehow, NetEnt does a great job of keeping games simple without sacrificing the all-important entertainment factor.
That style doesn’t always appeal to everyone, but I think that Crime Scene should appeal to a cross-section of slots players. The bonus round game is both lucrative and dramatic, as every pick can add a large prize or end the game immediately. Even though I love playing games with lots of features, that along was enough to keep me hooked on Crime Scene, and I think you’ll feel the same way once you try it.