Legacy Interactive has announced that it will be developing games based on two popular television series: the medical drama House M.D. and the classic mystery series Murder, She Wrote.

"Given the dynamism in the casual gaming sector and robust online distribution channels, we believe the timing is ideal to bring well-known TV franchises to videogames," said Ariella Lehrer, President and CEO of Legacy Interactive.

House M.D., which stars Hugh Laurie as maverick medical genius Dr. Gregory House, will be transformed into games for both the PC and Nintendo DS. Players will have to make life and death decisions while stepping into the role of their favorite physicians from Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, including Dr. Taub, Dr. Hadley (AKA Thirteen), and of course Dr. House himself.

Players will be part of the diagnostic team that attempts to diagnose and treat a variety of patients with complex illnesses. The game consists of five unique cases that represent the rare and fascinating types of maladies that viewers have come to expect from the popular medical drama.

Murder, She Wrote, a TV mystery starring Angela Lansbury as crime novelist and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher, will be adapted as a light adventure / hidden object game on the PC that according to Legacy will evoke the feel and themes of the long-running television series.

Featuring five new mysteries, the Murder, She Wrote game will take place primarily in the quaint New England town of Cabot Cove, Maine.  Each case follows Fletcher, a sharp-eyed senior citizen with a nose for clues, as she unravels a series of puzzling murders.  Each mystery is a standalone story with its own clues and beautiful locations ranging from Maine to Vermont to England.  Helping Jessica solve the crimes will be other well-loved characters from the show, including Dr. Seth Hazlitt and Sherriff Mort Metzger.

"Legacy’s success in developing television franchises such as NBC’s Law & Order as games gives us confidence that they will again deliver engaging interactive experiences to fans of House M.D. and Murder, She Wrote," said Bill Kispert, Vice President and General Manager, Interactive, Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group.