Crime-solving iPhone apps for ‘NCIS’ fans

Dec 9, 2010
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I typically watch “NCIS” while hanging out with mom — it seems neither of us can get enough of modern-day mysteries. They’re filled with nerdy references, spanning pop culture to pseudo-science, and solved by a rather attractive bunch. If you can’t resist solving a few crime scenes of your own, then these “NCIS” iPhone apps […]

I typically watch “NCIS” while hanging out with mom — it seems neither of us can get enough of modern-day mysteries. They’re filled with nerdy references, spanning pop culture to pseudo-science, and solved by a rather attractive bunch. If you can’t resist solving a few crime scenes of your own, then these “NCIS” iPhone apps are for you.

Social entertainment

Being a CBS show, you’re bound to find episodes of “NCIS” on that network’s iPhone app, TV.com. Free, this mobile outlet delivers full episodes on demand, complete with search and bookmarking options. Pick up videos where you left off, and make your mobile entertainment personalized, with recommendations, channel filters and features.

Yahoo! Entertainment is a TV program guide, recap guide and celebrity guide. Get news about your favorite shows and personalities, with video clips, images and more. Free, this iPad app is easy to navigate, with pre-set categories across content genres, program type and channels. Stay caught up with all things “NCIS,” from set gossip to episode highlights.

BuddyTV is your “NCIS” companion, as an interactive way to share your viewing experience. Send comments on last week’s episode, see what everyone else thinks about it, and dig into a little gossip while you’re at it. With social network integration, you’re also rewarded for your actions. This free iPhone app is a check-in tool, so you get badges, and are ranked accordingly.

GetGlue is another check-in tool, with some pretty tangible rewards. You’ll get stickers or other prizes from the brands themselves. Get social with friend updates on their likes, dislikes and current activities, which cover TV, movies and books.

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Get in the game

If you truly want to get into the game, nab NCIS: Game from the TV Show. A drawn-out title for a drawn-out plot. Start at the crime scene, gathering evidence. Have it examined, and act based on the results. In all, help Gibbs solve each mini-mystery. You get five micro-games in this $4.99 app. Take it back to Gibbs’ sniper days with a real-time round of shooting. Play in online mode for sniper operations, and rank in global leader boards.

Sniper vs. Sniper Online lets you create teams, chat with others, and upgrade your weapons. The full version of this iPhone game, at 99 cents, is well worth it. This one’s kinda lame, but you never know how square you can be until you get hooked on a TV show.

Get your own agent badge, with Badge NCIS. Customize your name, title and even a head shot, to make the cheesiest fake badge of all time. It even “flips” open with a shaky-shake of your iPhone. Pull a DiNozzo prank, for just 99 cents.

Crime solvers

Forensic Psychology Study Guide is for geeky hopefuls researching every hair-brained theory. Aggregating Wikipedia articles related to forensic psychology, this resource app loads locally on your iPhone, granting searchable access offline. Toggle between pages so you can research a tangent without straying too far from your original subject. To gain all this knowledge, you must first part with $1.99. Any crime scene investigator knows the story a corpse can tell.

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Get familiar with the human story, starting with AnatomyLab. This medical tool peels back layer after layer of the human body, revealing systems and structures beneath the skin. Do Abby proud, though for $9.99, this iPhone app is geared toward students.

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