The BBC have revealed that City of the Daleks has so far been downloaded half a million times – making it the most popular Doctor Who game yet.
Speaking to MCV, Simon Nelson, controller of portfolio and multiplatform at BBC Vision, declared:
â€œWe’ve broken new ground for the TV and games industryâ€
â€œWe had set ourselves some fairly stretched targets on this and weâ€™ve blown them away.
The free game – available from the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site for PC and Mac – features great graphics, streamlined gameplay and theÂ voices of Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Nick Briggs.Â
â€œThe credit goes to the Doctor Who and marketing teams, who are among the best in the BBC at creating integrated campaigns, messages and interactive spin-offs. This has been part of the Who planning process rather than just a bolt on at the end, which too many interactive things have been.â€
â€œCrucially, the industry and the audience have felt we have created something different here that works. Thatâ€™s probably more important than the numbers.â€
With a second (Cyberman) instalment due soon and a third after that, Doctor Who: The Adventure Games has certainly surpassed all expectations.
We hope that the powers-that-be don’t however rest on their laurels and take this first real success in almost 30 years of Doctor Who games as a stepping stone to something bigger rather than repeatedly issuing variations on City of the Daleks using the same game engine over and over again…