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Top 5 TV Show-Related Apps for the iPhone

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 27th 2011 10:00AM
Hollywood SquaresNowadays, creating a tie-in smartphone game or app is just about required for every successful entertainment franchise -- TV shows included.

As both a television and iPhone superfan, I've come up with a list of the best TV-related apps. Interestingly, most of them are games that can also be played on the iPod or have an equivalent "HD" version in the iTunes App Store that will play on a larger screen.

Interested in beefing up your app collection? Check out my favorites after the jump.

The Daily Show
This is the only app in the list that isn't an actual game, although it has certain fun aspects that could be considered game-like. It's not a standard newsfeed like the CNN or Fox News apps, but rather involves wordplay to view highlights from the show. One section has commonly discussed topics from the program floating around, and if you drag and combine them -- like, say "Nancy Pelosi" and "unemployment" -- you can see clips that combine the two. It's a very neat spin on the concept searching through episode archives, and is fun to boot. The app also has quotes, a schedule of upcoming guests, and the Daily Show Ttwitter feed built in. Whenever I'm depressed about the state of the country, I go to this app.

The Simpsons Arcade
This is a standard walk-and-fight videogame starring the characters from television's long-running animated sitcom. It's reminiscent of the arcade 'Simpsons 'game from the early '90s, but not exactly the same. It plays with a logic from any standard episode in which Homer has to fight hoards of gangsters and other sorts (including Mayor Quimby) in an effort to get a donut. Homer is sometimes joined by other members of the family who "merge" with him to give him greater fighting skills. While the game is fairly standard, concept-wise, and fun to play, it's mostly the nostalgia value that allows me to put it in this list.

South Park Mega Millionaire
I enjoy this game because it feels like a lost episode of the show. The South Park boys are competing on a Japanese game show for "petty sums of money" and, as with many Japanese game shows, have to completely humiliate themselves to do it. Usually it involves roller skating on greased surfaces. While there is no actual fighting in this game, there is a lot of falling into peanut butter. The game comes in multiplayer mode and also has a sound board if you just want to hear quotes from the four tykes.

Dexter, the Game
This game is dark, scary and takes up a lot of space on one's iPhone or iPod touch. It is easily the most graphically intense of this list and has the main character walking around a 3D world in a story original to the game. Like the show, he subject matter is adult and the tone is dark. Michael C. Hall even does his usual mental narration as you move the character around trying to find other killers to kill. This one plays the most like the sort of game you'd buy for a major gaming system like the PS3 or Xbox.

Hollywood Squares
Obviously, there are a ton of trivia-related apps in the App Store and a huge subset of them revolve around television game shows. Many are well done, and it would've been easy to select a bunch of them for this list -- but of all the ones I've played, I liked this the best. The graphics and animation are excellent and the game is easy and fun to play, but the clincher is the use of clips from television celebrities like Brad Garrett, Kathy Griffin, Martin Mull and Jeffrey Tambor, all of which have licensed their likeness to the game. It's almost as good as actually being on the show.

Which television-related iPhone apps are your favorites? What else should I have included in this list?

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Lance Drew

I am planning to get a smart phone because of this. I enjoy watching these shows and now I get the chance to play with it. I only have a question, can I watch online TV using a smartphone?

March 30 2011 at 4:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Really bad reviews of the Daily Show app in the iTunes app store. Beware.

March 27 2011 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

goodmoprning every body

March 27 2011 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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