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House MD: The Mobile Game Review (K800i)

Posted by GG Goblin On December - 16 - 2009

Its always Lupus, case solved.

 
I was given the opportunity to try this game out on the Sony Ericsson K800i mobile phone. Play as the inimitable Dr. Gregory House and instruct his team to complete research, run tests and break into the patients homes in order to gain the clues needed to solve the puzzle and cure the patient.

 
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The puzzles themselves take the form of a grid. Each square of the grid will contain two symbols, and it is your job to work out which symbol belongs in which square. This is done by following the clues that your team have unlocked. These clues will take the form of suggestions of where a symbol is, in association to another symbol, such as “purple is to the left of red” etc. Using these clues and your own logic to complete the grid, will allow Dr House to make a diagnosis. The game starts you off with a simple 2×2 grid, but then slowly increases the difficulty.

 
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In between the puzzles, the player will be able to follow the actions of the cast of House, including Wilson, Foreman, Taub, Thirteen, Cuddy and, of course, House himself. As with the show, the game is filled with Dr. House’s sarcastic wit and cutting comments. This takes the form of still pictures along with subtitles.

 
Controlling the game on the K800i is a fairly simple matter, with the centre button used along with the button on either side. The centre buttons stick is used for navigation. At times I found myself accidentally choosing the wrong icon in the puzzle by tapping the centre button stick by mistake, to which Dr House would chastise me, but once I got used to the controls it was fairly straight forward.

 
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Fans of the show are going to really enjoy this game. At heart, it is a simple puzzle game, but the inclusion of the commentary from House and his team make this game rather entertaining. Whilst lacking depth and variety, this game is perfect for a mobile phone and makes mobile gaming both entertaining and appealing.

 

 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 



 
This game was provided for review by I-Play

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