Doctor Who Adventure Games: TARDIS micro-review

Micro-review really is the appropriate term here, because there really isn’t much of a game to pass comment on. From first loading the game through the end of the credits took no more than 50 minutes, a quarter of which time was likely absorbed replaying failed attempts at minigames.

Indeed, very little has changed from the formula outlined in my previous post, so it’s worth only noting the few changes:

  • Corresponding to the reduced length of the game, there are only two environments to explore, one of which is largely filled with factual trinkets from the Doctor’s past. At least both environments are pretty well realised.
  • There’s a new minigame! But it’s a quiz, which sucks. Particularly when you have to restart the whole thing after failing the final question. The stupid and¬†finicky¬†maze minigame also makes an unwelcome return.
  • It would be impossible to describe the puzzles as challenging.
  • I think they only use a single piece of background music and loop it for the duration of the game.
  • It’s not all bad: the quality of the writing is, on the whole, significantly improved over previous episodes; as is the voice acting, which is generally of a decent quality. The few slip-ups seem to be the result of shoddy Direction.

Edit: I almost forgot: no stealth sections! Best. Doctor Who game. Ever.

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11 Responses to Doctor Who Adventure Games: TARDIS micro-review

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    The problem was not bothering to hire people that actually know how to make games. I give the BBC my best glare-y face for that.

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