Despite being round for over 50 years, there was a extreme lack of Doctor Who video video games. This is partially as a result of the BBC is so protecting of the license, but it surely additionally needs to be stated that the majority of these which have been launched are vital & industrial failures.
Despite being a model seemingly ripe to lure in a rabid fanbase, Doctor Who video games have a popularity for being fairly disappointing throughout the board. That stated, there are just a few diamonds within the tough that followers might wish to take a second have a look at, particularly a number of the newer video games.
14 Doctor Who: The First Adventure
The very first formally licensed Doctor Who sport, launched in 1983 for the BBC Micro. While the console is much from being one of many greats in basic consoles, it actually had its attraction and will make some first rate video games for the time. The First Adventure was not a kind of video games.
Even when judging it by the requirements of the time, The First Adventure is an ugly-looking, poorly-made collection of 4 minigames that gamers could possibly be finished with in Quarter-hour. They weren’t even unique, with every sport being Doctor Who-themed variations of classics akin to Pac-Man, Frogger, and Battleship.
13 Doctor Who And The Mines Of Terror
Released in 1985 for the Commodore 64, BBC Micro, and Amstrad CPC, The Mines of Terror is a 2D platforming journey. Players should wander round a primary mine atmosphere, enjoying as The sixth Doctor and a robotic cat named Splinx, who exists solely on this sport.
Reviews from the time are considerably combined on it, giving the indication it was probably pretty common on the entire. However, it hasn’t aged very properly on condition that in 1985, a sure different 2D platformer was launched by the identify of Super Mario Bros.
12 Doctor Who: Return To Earth
Return To Earth is a sport that matches in with most of the horrible TV/Movie tie-in video games of the PS2/early Xbox 360 period. This being the place builders slap collectively a mediocre 3D-platforming sport with no actual care or consideration to the property they’re making it for.
The distinction with Return To Earth is that this was launched in 2010 for the Wii when that gameplay model was dying out. The graphics are horrible for the time, and gameplay is boring at greatest and irritating at worse. This was the primary correctly open 3D Doctor Who sport followers had acquired by this level, so it was an unimaginable disappointment.
11 Doctor Who And The Warlord
An oddity in comparison with all the opposite Doctor Who video games Doctor Who And The Warlord this can be a text-based journey. In hindsight, this may occasionally have been the most effective monitor for these early video games to take. The largest a part of the present’s attraction is its writing in any case and this could enable that to come back to the forefront.
Unfortunately, Doctor Who And The Warlord would not fairly meet the mark. The writing is okay and it was comparatively on-par with the present on the time, however the present was removed from its peak in 1985 to start with. On prime of that, the puzzles aren’t very partaking or difficult, so there’s nothing significantly worthwhile to play by way of.
10 Doctor Who: Legacy
Released in November 2013 to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the present, Doctor Who: Legacy is a match-3 sport for cellular. On the floor, it sounds fairly fascinating, that includes all types of characters from the present’s previous and (then) current — even some relatively obscure ones.
The publishers offered it as an RPG expertise but it surely’s probably not. In the loosest doable sense of the time period “RPG” there’s leveling up in there but it surely’s all pretty inconsequential. Like many match-3 video games releasing round this time, it is like another sport within the style, however with a Doctor Who coat of paint.
9 Doctor Who: Worlds In Time
A Doctor Who MMORPG appears like one thing that absolutely would not exist, proper? That’s precisely what Worlds In Time was. Made for Flash and launched in 2012, this was an MMO set on the planet of Doctor Who with the flexibility to create characters from most of the present’s quite a few alien races.
It’s not as spectacular because it sounds although. Being made in Adobe Flash closely restricted what was doable and whereas the missions sound thrilling, they’re only a collection of primary minigames. All of the minigames have been very easy and easy formulation gamers may in all probability discover full video games of totally free on Zylom or such websites on the time.
8 Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock
One of probably the most high-profile Doctor Who video games in current reminiscence, The Eternity Clock was launched in 2012 for PC, PS3 & PS Vita. On the floor, it regarded like a considerably fascinating 2D puzzle platformer and it lived considerably as much as the moniker. Sadly, it was nonetheless finally disappointing.
The puzzles had an honest selection even when most weren’t significantly unique and the distinction within the gameplay between The Doctor & River Song is a pleasant contact. On the opposite hand, all of it acquired fairly repetitive and boring very quick and included unusual music selections. I Am The Doctor is a superb monitor, but it surely doesn’t match informal platforming motion. Hearing it on loop for 10-Quarter-hour at a time is infuriating.
7 Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth
Released concurrently Return To Earth, Evacuation Earth was the counterpart for the DS and was superior in each means. Firstly, it was a pure puzzle sport, one of many few genres Doctor Who suits seamlessly into. Additionally, the writing does an honest job of capturing the lead characters.
The issues come within the puzzles themselves. They transfer in the direction of the great aspect of logic-puzzle video games, however they’re no Professor Layton. Even for a sport aimed toward youngsters, the puzzles are disappointingly straightforward all through which is not good after they’re all the sport.
6 Doctor Who: Destiny Of The Doctors
On the floor, Destiny Of The Doctors appears like a fan’s dream sport. It options all the then seven Doctors with full voice appearing (imitators voicing the Doctors who had handed), and the majority of the gameplay concerned exploring the massive depths of the TARDIS in first-person in full 3D.
While these elements alone might hold many followers blissful, those that need a bit extra from the gameplay could also be upset. The gameplay largely consists of wandering to and from locations whereas the story occurs round them. Players should keep away from monsters alongside the way in which however the sport’s well being is a quantity that counts down from 9999, quickly rising when standing close to monsters. It’s not very difficult however the whole lot else in regards to the sport might hold followers .
5 Doctor Who: The Mazes Of Time
Released in 2010 for cellular platforms, The Mazes Of Time is an isometric puzzle sport. In it, gamers should navigate maze-like ranges fixing puzzles and avoiding enemies. Both The Doctor & Amy Pond should get to the top of every stage, and every has completely different capabilities.
This easy set of mechanics makes for a surprisingly first rate puzzle sport. While it probably will not stump gamers who know what they’re doing, it does have an honest stage of problem to it and strong mechanics round which puzzles are constructed.
4 Dalek Attack
The solely official Doctor Who sport to not have the phrases “Doctor Who” within the title, Dalek Attack was launched in 1992 for MS-DOS, ZX-Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amiga & Atari ST. The sport was a 2D action-platformer the place gamers may play as numerous incarnations of The Doctor.
While it could possibly be argued that it was a bit of behind the instances, it’s by far the most effective of Doctor Who’s 2D Platforming outings. The ranges have a pleasant selection visually and design-wise, the platforming and fight mechanics are easy however nonetheless partaking, and the sport feels considerably difficult in locations.
3 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games
A collection of online game adventures launched from mid-2010 to late 2011 on PC & Mac, The Adventure Games are maybe the video games that greatest captured the texture of the present on the time. Written by two skilled Doctor Who writers, every episode of the sport narratively felt like an episode of the present.
The gameplay wasn’t excellent but it surely was partaking. Being in a position to totally discover 3D environments throughout time and area was a number of enjoyable. Unfortunately, the sport’s license ran out and it was pulled from Steam in 2017. While it’s nonetheless doable to purchase keys on-line, they’re fairly costly as a result of sport’s restricted availability.
2 Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time
Released in 2019 for all VR platforms, The Edge Of Time sees gamers go on an journey with the voice of the thirteenth Doctor. It’s not for the faint of coronary heart, as whereas it is not outright a horror sport, it actually takes its alternatives to scare the participant right here and there.
It’s not probably the most spectacular VR sport on the market but it surely’s a enjoyable journey on the planet of Doctor Who in a format not seen exterior of pricey “experience” occasions. It’s even getting a sequel, The Edge Of Reality, set for launch in late 2021. It is really useful gamers keep away from the Steam model although, as PSVR & Oculus variations have free DLC that the Steam model doesn’t.
1 Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins
One of the newest Doctor Who video games, The Lonely Assassins was launched in Spring 2021 on Steam. It was developed by the identical studio that made the critically acclaimed Sara Is Missing and SIMULACRA.
This sport takes the identical format as these video games, being a “found-phone” thriller. A participant finds the telephone of a lacking particular person (on this occasion, a UNIT operative), they usually should resolve cryptic puzzles to unlock extra sections on the telephone to ultimately resolve the thriller. The thriller, on this case, is that of the Weeping Angels. It’s an incredible puzzle sport in a format that’s nonetheless comparatively recent within the indie market.