And so to South Korea, home of the amazing The Genius, for this Summer’s Worthwhile Bother’s Bar Reality Game Discussion Page, that of Crime Scene.
This game stars six Korean celebs – some you may recognize, some new ones (Bother’s Bar mascot Hong Jinho, Jun Hyanmoo, Park Jiyoon, Henry, Lim Banggeul, NS Yoonji) and together they play a game that’s part Whodunnit murder-mystery dinner and part One Night Werewolf.
Someone has been murdered (fictionally) and the six contestants pick roles of six people who might have been the murderer. Each of them gets some time to learn the character, their motiviations and movements. One of them however is the murderer and is aware of all the clues that point to them and throughout the course of the game must try and throw suspicion onto the other characters.
Each case spans two episodes, the first one is largely exposition – the characters explained, they get to go around the crime scene looking for clues, some discussion. The second episode for me is where the real meat lies – by this point the contestants are more into their characters and take playing detective more seriously. At the end, they all vote on who they think the murderer is. The person with the most votes goes to “jail” and we’ll find out if they’ve been correctly convicted or not – a correct conviction by the majority means that majority gets to take bags of gold coins, if the murderer walks free they get to take all the bags of coins that would have been won by the incorrect majority.
It starts as a game of exploration, becomes a game of logic and ends up being a really fun game of bluff.
It’s very stylishly done (i.e. uses the Tron Legacy soundtrack) and has a fun live viewer participation poll element.
I don’t think it’s as good as The Genius, but I certainly think it would have an easier chance of translating to the West.
We started discussing this in the comments on the Bar, here’s where we discussed episode one and we had a quick chat about episode two here. You should discuss the show further here. New eps go up around Tuesday.
SPOILERS: Once an episode has gone out with English subs it’s fair game for discussion. Enter at your own risk!