CBS Interactive and GameHouse to offer NCIS mobile game and contest

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| September 7, 2010


Games based on TV shows and movies are nothing new in the world of app stores, but it's not everyday that a game uses unique writing and contests to help itself stand out.  The folks at CBS Interactive and GameHouse have done just that by teaming up to release NCIS, a mobile game based on the hit TV show.  Available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and the BREW/J2ME platforms, the NCIS game offers up five different cases for players to solve, complete with all-new storylines from the show's writers.  In addition, CBS and GameHouse are running a contest where fans can enter to win a free download of the NCIS game.  To enter, players must head to the official NCIS show page on the CBS website and answer show-related questions for their chance to win.  The contest is on now and runs through September 17th.  As for pricing, the NCIS game will set you back $4.99 for the iPhone/iPod Touch version and $5.99 for the iPad version.  Other users can head here to learn how to get their own copy of NCIS.  You can check out the full press release below.

With the popularity of app stores lately, everyone seems to be flocking to create an app to help promote their new TV show or movie.  It's no surprise that CBS and GameHouse teamed up to create an NCIS mobile game to go along with the season premiere on September 21st, but it's great to see them incorporate the actual writers of the show and run a fun contest for fans to hand out the game and get them prepared for the new season.  All of this buzz is sure to help drum up interest in the new season and get current fans even more excited for new episodes of NCIS.  If any of you have already downloaded the game or entered the contest, tell us about your experiences!

CBS Mobile Announces "NCIS: The Game from the TV Show," the Official Mobile Game of Television's #1 Scripted Series

Created In Partnership with GameHouse®, New Mobile Game Allows Players to Solve Crimes Developed With NCIS' Creative Team

San Francisco, CA – September 7, 2010 – CBS Mobile today announced the release of NCIS: The Game from the TV Show, the official mobile game based on the hit CBS television series NCIS.  NCIS, the number one scripted television series according to Nielsen, follows a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. NCIS: The Game from the TV Show allows passionate fans to join the NCIS team to solve exciting cases, and put criminals behind bars. The game is now available in the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and can also be downloaded from major North American and European mobile carrier portals.

NCIS: The Game from the TV Show, created and published by GameHouse®, the casual games division of RealNetworks®, Inc., offers fans five different cases to solve developed with the show's creative team. The show ' s beloved characters including Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Special Agent Tony DiNozzo, Probationary NCIS Special Agent Ziva David, Special Agent Timothy McGee, Doctor Donald "Ducky" Mallard and Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto guide players through fingerprint matching, chemical analysis, autopsies and stakeouts to solve the crimes and apprehend the perpetrators. Players are able to search the crime scene, collect evidence, examine the results in a lab, and choose their own strategy to interact with characters to get the most information. With exciting crime scenes filled with multiple mini-games and challenging puzzles, each case immerses players in hours of investigation and crime-solving.

"Mobile is a key digital platform to further engage the existing fan base for shows like NCIS, as well as CBS' other enormously popular franchises," said Rob Gelick, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CBS Mobile.  "NCIS: The Game from the TV Show is a perfect companion for anyone who enjoys the thrill of sleuthing alongside their favorite characters from the show. Now, in addition to watching NCIS, viewers can actually participate first-hand in solving the crimes via this mobile game."

In addition, will host an online sweepstakes where fans can win a chance for a free download of NCIS: The Game from the TV Show. The sweepstakes will take place between September 7, 2010 to September 17, 2010. Fans can go to the official NCIS show page on to participate by answering show-related questions for a chance to win.

Mobile subscribers can download the mobile game now by searching for the title on major wireless carrier decks or by visiting  NCIS: The Game from the TV Show for iPhone and iPod touch is also available for $4.99 USD, and $5.99 for iPad in the App Store.

The eighth season of NCIS will premiere on CBS Television Network on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 8 p.m. PT/ET.  NCIS is produced by CBS Television Studios, in association with Belisarius Productions.
About CBS Mobile

CBS Mobile, a unit of CBS Interactive Inc., is charged with building CBS Corporation's wireless business across entertainment, sports and news for CBS, The CW, and CBS Paramount Television.  As part of this mission, CBS Mobile offers consumers some of the most innovative and best-of wireless content available today, ranging from the nation's first mobile video alerts for CBS Mobile News, CBS Sports Mobile and entertainment properties, to some of the nation's largest mobile Web sites, made-for-mobile video on all major carriers, a 24/7 mobile television network, and partnerships with the world's more leading edge mobile technology and ad targeting companies.  CBS Corporation is the parent company of CBS Interactive Inc.