Forensic games allow us to learn crime scene and forensic techniques by having fun interacting in a story. There are several types of crime scene simulation games: online, mobile apps and board games.
The online games are the most “serious” and offer the greatest educational value. The apps and board games are great to learn vocabulary and to understand how crime scene investigations work.
We created a collection of the best reviewed games for 2019. Some of the links are Amazon affiliate links, and we thank you for your support.
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Detective Games Online
From the Detective Games Online website:
Here at www.detective-games.online we have simply the very best detective games online, many with breathtaking graphics, intriguing plots and lots of murder mystery for you to test you detective skills on. Check out scenes of crimes in a series of investigations and expose murderers and other criminal masterminds!
CSI Web Adventures Online
CSI Web Adventures is a collaboration between the CSI television show (CBS), and many science collaborators (National Science Foundation, American Academy of Forensic Science, etc). This CSI foresic game puts you in the shoes of a rookie crime scene investigator, with five different cases to solve. This is an excellent forensic resource for the classroom.
Hidden Object Forensic Games
Hidden objects are like a big game of hide and seek. After you find clues hidden in photos you are given more of the story.
There are several popular apps available free through Amazon. Three of the top reviewed (according to Amazon customers) are below:
Red Crime: Hidden Murders (Free App Store Download)
Deception: Murder in Hong Kong (Forensic Board Games)
In Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, players find themselves in a scenario of intrigue and murder, deduction and deception. One player is the Murderer, secretly choosing their weapon and the evidence they leave behind. Another is the Forensic Scientist who holds the key to convicting the criminal but is only able to express their knowledge through analysis of the scene. The rest are investigators, interpreting the clues to solve the crime – and the killer is among them. (Official description)
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Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation Puzzles (Paper)
From the publisher:
Brain Games: Crime Scene Investigation
Use your verbal, visual, and logic skills to investigate 150+ puzzles! This puzzle collection contains a mix of verbal and visual puzzles themed around crime scene investigation. Match fingerprints, see what you remember about crime scenes, detect visual anomalies, solve verbal puzzles related to crime, and search for solutions.
… and we saved the best till last:
Hunt a Killer Subscription Box
Hunt a Killer description from their website:
What you are purchasing with Hunt A Killer is a gripping, captivating storyline designed by a team of professional murder mystery writers that will provide entertainment all month long. Each item is handpicked to make the story feel “real”… Each letter you receive is crafted in a way that will both engage your inner detective and send chills down your spine at the same time. Our goal was to keep it as accessible to as many people as possible to spread the fun – and thrills.
Our team of murder mystery writers are constantly developing new stories that will not only thrill you – they’ll also challenge you. Each storyline lasts 6 episodes per season. Once you complete the first storyline, Initiation, you will move onto the next one. Think of each box you receive as a new ‘episode’ each month. Every box contains the clues, and letters you will use to piece together and get closer and closer to solving the crime. With every episode more thrilling than the next, it promises to keep you on the edge of your seat – and wanting more.
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