Review: House, M.D. (PC)

Review: House, M.D. (PC)

I’m obsessed with House, MD. I truly am. That was probably evident back on August 13 when I told you all about House, MD by Legacy Interactive. That may have been even more evident on September 7 when I reviewed a second flash mini-game! Well, if you didn’t catch those two, now you can catch my review of the full game!

House, M.D. the game is not much different than House, M.D. the television series. Dr. House and his team get a new patient, ask questions, make jokes, play detective, and ultimately diagnose the patient.

House, M.D. by Legacy Interactive features five episodes, each with a different diagnosis and strange situation. The game is a pretty simple point-and-click game, and you will spend the majority of your time just asking questions. Every few minutes, you get to play a short mini-game as well. Some as simple as sorting pictures, while other are more complicated like a game in which you must open and close valves, while spinning motors simultaneously.

I honestly had very high hopes for this game. I love Dr. House and his crazy jokes and antics, so I was excited to see that in the game as well. Unfortunately, the jokes and overall writing were not on the same level as the TV show. I felt the jokes were often predictable and sometimes downright mean, instead of witty.

What I didn’t like most about the game is that it becomes repetitive. You check for signs and symptoms by using different tools and clicking around on the patient. Then, House & his team have a brainstorming session which closely resembles a game of Hangman. Then, you draw blood and use a centrifuge to separate it, and use a blood analyser to … err … analyse it! Then, you medicate the patient by directing medicine into the correct chamber or tube. Then, you search their home and/or workplace, etc. In all five episodes, it was pretty much the same routine, just with a different outcome.

Now, I’m not going to get all Debbie-Downer on you! There are parts of this game that I absolutely LOVED – that would be the mini-games! Some of them were simple – like clicking on the names of diseases to come up with a diagnosis – and others were more difficult – like the process of drawing blood, spinning the centrifuge, and analysing the blood. Because I didn’t enjoy the story and writing very much, these mini-games became my haven. Everytime a little game popped up, I sat up in my chair and focused much more closely!

Sadly, overall this game seemed too slow paced for me with no real challenge. That being said, sit your ten-year-old in front of this game, and they’ll be learning, laughing and having a blast in no time! If you want to check it out, be sure to head on over to Legacy Interactive, then, leave a comment and let me know if you agree or disagree with my thoughts on the game!

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