CSI Mobile Game Uses Real Phone Calls to Unravel Clues
Afraid to pick up?
CBS and Gameloft have added an interesting optional feature to their latest game on the mobile platform. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will give players the option to sign up for an interactive phone call feature. If they say yes, they'll receive calls intermittently through the game providing them with tips that will lead them to new crime scenes -- similar to the way it happens on the show.
"This CBS Mobile game is the first of its kind utilizing outbound calling, which literally calls players to action," said Cyriac Roeding, Executive Vice President, CBS Mobile. "Your cellphone rings, and a detective calls you to the scene -- just like a real CSI detective. This combination of game play with popular content and a whole new level of interactivity represent enormous entertainment and business potential for the mobile world."
It's a lot like Majestic on the PC actually; another game that utilized real world communication technology to advance the gameplay. That one relied a little too heavily on the gimmick though.
To avoid a similar fate, CSI features more detailed locations, examination of evidence in full 3D, lab-based mini-games and interrogations on the scene. The plot was also written with the help of CBS and series creator, Anthony E. Zuiker, to make sure that it delivered an authentic CSI experience.
"We are very excited to be launching CSI: Crime Scene Investigation with all of its innovative features," said Gonzague de Vallois, Senior Vice President, Gameloft. "Our mission has always been to push the envelope on game development and we are confident we have succeeded with this game."
The game should be available on most US carriers, although an international version will also be available with some altered features.
To check the game's availability with your carrier, text "SUSPECT" to 82174 on your mobile phone.