With the popularity of forensic television shows since the turn of the 21st century, people have become more and more interested in forensic investigations. People who want to examine a crime scene without having to take actual detective classes can play a number of free forensic games online. These games allow you to search crime scenes for fingerprints, bullet casings, shoe prints, and tire tracks to solve the crime.
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"The Hidden Mine"
"The Hidden Mine," available on the Tru TV website, follows four forensic scientists from Las Vegas who stumble on a legendary gold mine in the Nevada desert. The morning after the discovery,they discover that one of the team members has disappeared along with the gold. Your have to find the missing team member and the gold in the shortest time possible by investigating clues such as shoe prints and wheel tracks. You gain points by investigating locations and finding some of those missing gold nuggets.
In "The Case of the Burgled Bonuses" you have to investigate the theft of a lumber company's bonuses for its survey team. The thief or thieves stole the safe containing the money from the foreman's trailer. Before the game begins, you can examine the files and photos of the six team members who are also the only suspects. Click on "Play" when you have read all of their files. Examine the crime scene by clicking on parts of the office with your mouse. You can find this game on the Tru TV website.
Also available on the Tru TV website, "Fingerprint Game" is a simple game in which you have to match a partial thumbprint with one of five prints. Take a look at the print, compare it to the set of prints, and click on the thumbprint you think it matches.
"On the Run"
In "On the Run," available on the Investigation Discovery website, you play a trainee detective who has to solve four cases to be promoted to director of the department of forensic investigation. Study each crime scene by examining clues with your mouse. You have a limited amount of time for each investigation, so speed counts. When the clock stops running, you have to answer a series of questions about the case. If you were thorough, you will have the right answers.
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