Special Investigations Unit - Review of Special Investigations Unit, a Free Online I-Spy Game from Yahoo Games

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Hard But Fun (3 out of 5)

When I first saw this game, I couldn’t wait to play it. But, when I saw that Progressive auto insurance had probably had this game made, it turned off my gamer button. Yet, I tried it out anyway and was surprised by what I saw.

Game Basics - You are a special investigator for Progressive Insurance. You have had one customer who has turned in six different accident claims on the same car in one year. So, the company wants him investigated. Your job is to go to different crime scenes, (the scene of the accident, the suspect’s home, and the junk yard), in search of clues about what is going on.

You have to use your I Spy gaming skills here, and I will tell you, it is hard. I have played tons of I Spy games in my time, but this one takes the cake. Maybe it’s because the game area is smaller than I’m used to, or maybe my eyes are getting old, but some of these items I had to use hints for and sit and stare at the game area for a long time to find. So be prepared if you undertake this game.

Now, after each different set of I Spy areas, you will have a different goal to accomplish. For example, after the scene of the accident, you have to put together the ripped up photo of the car that was involved in the accident, then after the suspect’s house, you have to search for the differences on two cars that are almost identical. At the end, you match everything up to find out that the man has two cars and is cheating Progressive out of money. Hm. . . I wonder if this is to cut down on claims as well?

Anyhow - the game overall is well done. I was actually impressed when I played it. It gave me a headache, but I was still impressed for a game that was obviously designed as a marketing ploy. So, if you have the time and your eyes aren’t already hurting, you can check it out on Yahoo! Games and see what you think about it.

I’m giving it a 3 out of 5 just because it could do without all of the blatant advertising in game.