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CSI Slot Game

CSI Slots are based on the popular American TV show, CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation. CSI is a 5-reel, 20-payline slot
machine from the software provider GTECH G2 (IGT). The gaming
machine is available on the Internet for online and mobile
casinos. The game contains wild symbols, scatter symbols, and a
bonus round.

Given the fact the original CSI show was set in Las Vegas, it
is a natural franchise to be converted into a slot machine. This
slot machine contains CSI audio and video clips from favorite
characters and the most popular episodes. The bonus games on CSI
Slots stay with the theme, offering players the ability to
search for evidence at a crime scene. This triggers a bonus
feature, just as bonuses are awarded from the spinning reels in
the main game.

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About CSI: Crime Scenes Investigation

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was an American television
show which ran from 2000 to 2015. The CBS program follows the
stories of gritty police investigators who used clues and
scientific techniques to catch criminals. The program was
criticized at times for its graphic violence, but audiences
loved the combination forensic investigation and
character-driven stories.

CSI starred actors like William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger,
Laurence Fishburne, Elisabeth Shue, and Ted Danson. It was the
first in the CSI franchise of TV shows, including CSI: Miami,
CSI: NY, and CSI: Cyber. The original show completed its run on
September 27, 2015 with the 2-hour TV movie, Immortality.

Throughout its 16-year run, the show was a ratings bonanza

According to the Nielson Ratings Service, Crime Scene
Investigations finished among the Top 10 shows on U.S.
television in its first 11 seasons. From Season 2 to Season 5,
CSI finished either #1 or #2 in the Nielson ratings. Even though
the program slipped in the ratings in the final few seasons, it
remained in the Top 25 in all but one season, and in the Top 20
in all but two seasons.

The show was a critical success, as well. Throughout its long
run, the show had 30 Primetime Emmy nominations and 6 Emmy
Awards. It also secured six People’s Choice Awards, winning four
times. It received six nominations for the Golden Globes.

Slot Machine Variants

As of 2016, there are three versions of this slot machine.
Players can choose the original CSI slot machine, CSI: Miami
Slots, and CSI: New York Slots. Each game offers clips and audio
from a different TV series, making this three-games-in-one. No
version of CSI: Cyber exists yet.

For instance, if you play the original game, most of the
clips involve either William Peterson or Marg Helgenberger or
both actors. If you play the Miami version, the clips involve
Emily Procter and Adam Rodriguez. If you play the New York City
variant of the game, the clips involve the characters played by
Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, or Carmine Giovinazzo.

The cut scenes are played in the transition between the main
game and the bonus rounds.

Reel Symbols

Like the audio clips, reel symbols in each game correspond to
those series’ main characters. The games also have common reel
symbols, including the following.

  • A police badge
  • Handcuffs
  • A crime scene camera
  • Police badge
  • Photographs
  • Fingerprint powder and brush
  • The CSI logo

The following special symbols are also found in the games.

Wild Symbols

The wild symbols are the investigators. These substitute for
all normal symbols on the game, though there are a few
exceptions. The exceptions are the Free Spin, Crime Scene
Evidence, and Lock ‘n’ Re-Spin symbols.

Lock ‘n’ Re-Spin Symbol

When you get 1 of these symbols, it triggers a bonus feature.
During this bonus game, winning symbols lock in place. Symbols
which don’t win continue to re-spin, which creates new winning

Scatter Symbol

The crime scene photograph is the scatter symbol. When three
of these photos appear anywhere on the reels, it activates the
“Crime Scene Pick Bonus”. This activates a game in which you
search a grizzly crime scene for clues. Once you overturn the
clues, you receive coins and other bonuses. I’ll discuss this
more in the bonuses section of this article.

To activate the free spin feature, you’ll need 3, 4, or 5
scatters. These correspond to 5, 10, or 30 free spins. Each free
spin comes with a 2x multiplier.

Bonus Rounds

CSI: Slots has three bonus rounds: Crime Lab Free Games,
Trace Evidence, and Crime Scene Pick Bonus. Each of these
provides bonus coins, free spins, and other in-game advantages.
Each builds the game around a forensic crime scene investigation
scenario. Spin the bonus reel to activate one of the features.

Crime Scene Pick Bonus

When 3 crime scene photos appear on the reels in the main
game, the Crime Scene Pick bonus game begins.

The player must scan fingerprints at the scene of the crime, then match them in
the police database. Once a match happens, you return to the
crime scene to find more prints and more evidence. Tap areas of
the crime scene with your finger to reveal credits.

This bonus mode has a bit of production to it. The crime
scene picks are a straightforward bonus coin game, unless you
find three pieces of evidence. If you do, it triggers the next
bonus game: the Crime Lab Free Games.

The crime scene in the game features video game style
animated cut scenes. Funny enough, the voiceovers sound like
some of the cheesy banter on a video game, too. I would have
imagined the game designers would have used dialogue from the 3
TV series, or at least used better voice talent.

Crime Lab Free Games

This is a free spin game. Like many slot machines, its free
spins are called “free games”. This is a gambler’s favorite,
because it’s playing with house money–you risk nothing.
As the reels begin spinning, if DNA strand icons appear, they
act as multipliers. When 5 DNA strands appear throughout the
course of this bonus game, the multiplier value climbs even
higher. Sometimes, extra wilds are triggered in this mode. If it
does, you win even more free spins.
The different ways to collect free spins and multipliers
means you have a good chance for a big haul of coins in this
bonus game. 10,000 coins is not out of the question.

Trace Evidence Bonus

When a “Trace Evidence” icon appears on the last reel, the
Trace Evidence bonus game is activated. The trace evidence
symbols appears as a flash light. The reason this is the icon is
revealed once the bonus game begins. The screen is darkened, so
the player needs a flashlight to reveal clues. The biggest
payouts on this game happen when you uncover extra wild symbols.

Betting Options, Payouts & Jackpots

Gamblers can bet for one cent for payline. CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation had mass appeal, so IGT made the right decision to
design this game for mass market players. With 20 paylines and
40-credit multidenominational, the max bet on this slot machine
can get relatively high, but it is not a high roller slot

$$25,000 is the maximum fixed jackpot on the game. The maximum
bet is $100, while the minimum is $0.01. The max coins per line
is 1. The big star on each program is the max payout for the
basic reel symbols. For instance, Ted Danson is the max payout
of 25,000 coins in the original game, as you likely guessed.

Mobile Versions of CSI Slots

When IGT debuted CSI Slots, it also released a mobile version
of the same game. Downloadable versions of the mobile app can be
found on IGT-powered casinos for Android and iOS. Players with
Android smartphones and tablet computers have no trouble
playing. Real money gamblers using iPhones and iPad tablets
should have no problem, either. IGT just won a respected award
for the best mobile gaming software of 2015, so these are
top-rated games.

Gameloft Mobile Game

Players might come across a mobile casino CSI slots game from
Gameloft. This is available on Google Play (formerly Android
Marketplace) as a $1.99 download. Further upgrades cost $0.99.
The game receives 4.1 stars out of a possible 5. Most players
enjoyed the game, though a common complaint was the upgrades
cost too much.

To move to the next level, players need to solve clues.
Apparently, to many of the CSI players, the clues got too hard
too soon, so they ended up having to buy upgrades to make the
clues easier.

For those interested, the Gameloft CSI slots machine is
considered a mini-game. Mini-games are browser-based games
played in a second tab or window while playing a main game.
Mini-games are popular with people who gamble at sportsbooks or
betting exchanges, because of the long wait times between races,
games, matches, or in-play betting opportunities.

The Connection between IGT and GTECH

Online gamblers might not be as familiar with GTECH as they
are IGT, Microgaming, or Net Ent. That should not scare them
away. GTECH is one of the biggest gaming companies in the entire

GTECH S.p.A. is an Italian lottery corporation. Since its
$6.4 billion dollar purchase of International Game Technology,
it is the largest online gaming company in the world. GTECH
controls over 63% of the world’s lottery gaming. It is active on
six continents and has lottery operations in 52 different

The American division of the company is GTECH Corporation,
based in Providence, Rhode Island. Less than a year ago, GTECH
Corp was combined with IGT under a London-based holding company
called International Game Technology PLC. Thus, all references
to GTECH slot machine software is likely to be replaced with IGT
references. At the moment, you’ll still see references to one or
the other.

Some Final Words

IGT has refined the art of developing licensed slot machines.
No other set of game developers capture the essence of a TV show
better than the IGT designers. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Slots appeared around the same time as the Judge Judy and Family
Guy Slots. Like those gaming machines, this is a top-rate slots
game which fans of the show should love.

Those who prefer progressive slots will be disappointed. The
top fixed jackpot of $25,000 might not be enough action for some
gamblers. Penny players and mid-stakes players should be
pleased. Gamblers need to understand that fixed jackpots usually
mean more realistic chances of hitting the top prize.

That’s the case on CSI Slots. This game should entertain a
maximum number of gritty police detective fans. The ability to
play with three different sets of characters put this game over
the top.