Get closer to House with the iPhone app

Oct 17, 2010
Games

House M.D. – InHouse is as comprehensive a television app as you could hope for. If not for a few unfortunate technical glitches, this would be the perfect app for any fan of House’s hijinx. As it is, it’s still quite good. InHouse primarily covers Season Six and the current Season Seven, which means there […]

House M.D. – InHouse is as comprehensive a television app as you could hope for. If not for a few unfortunate technical glitches, this would be the perfect app for any fan of House’s hijinx. As it is, it’s still quite good.

InHouse primarily covers Season Six and the current Season Seven, which means there are about 25 episodes of content that, by season’s end, will balloon to more than 40 episodes.

And that doesn’t mean there’s just one little video for each episode, either. Each episode has a handful of “Houseisms,” or memorable quotes, said during the episode. Not to mention a Writer’s Room, where one of the show’s writers breaks down the story of the episode. There is also a Media Room with an additional video discussing some aspect of the episode, along with a Dark Room with photos from the episode. All of this content is new for each episode listed in the app.

If that alone encompassed InHouse, it would make for a pretty robust package. Instead, there are 13 additional “appisodes,” or short vignettes, featuring the show’s Nurse Jeffrey. Filmed documentary style, the appisodes don’t necessarily reveal hidden plot points, but they’re another way for fans to connect to the House universe. That they exist at all showcases the producers enjoyment of this world they’ve created.

InHouse also has some additional features that I couldn’t get to work in my time reviewing the app. There is something called the Music Room and something called Free Clinic that attempted to load what must’ve been pretty serious files. I never got to see what they were, as they usually just loaded in perpetuity until I backed out of the app. Connecting on a Wi-Fi connection, speed should not have been an issue, which makes for the one bit of disappointment in this otherwise stellar app.

It’s odd to recommend an app when it appears that two large portions of it don’t even function, but the rest of House M.D. – InHouse is so well-crafted – from the layout of the app that’s structured to look like neurons connecting, to the content within the app – that this is an easy download to make.

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Dan Kricke

Dan Kricke has been playing with electronics and writing about them for years. He loved his Sega Dreamcast and now the PlayStation 3. On the iPhone, he's a fan of sports apps and anything that offers new music.

 

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