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Published on June 28th, 2010 | by Patrick Riley

Please, Sir, Could We Have Some More?

Reports are finally beginning to surface about the possibility of continuing Doctor Who: The Adventure Games once the scheduled quartet has been fully released!

Doctor Who - The Adventure Games, Blood of the CybermenWhen Digital Spy asked him about the possibility of four plus more, the BBC’s Iain Tweedale responded,

“We’re talking about it, yeah. Obviously we’re seeing how this goes, but we’re all very pleased with that.  It really does depend on how the others do, and what the commissioners think abut what we’re going to achieve.

“It’s really about things like bringing in the wider audience as well as the hardcore gaming audience, and we’ve done some research that suggests we are actually hitting those people, which is great.”

The series’ executive producer, gaming legend Charles Cecil, is all for an Adventure Games extension:

“I think it would be great to see more. Obviously that’s for the BBC to decide, [and] I think probably a little bit more adventurous in terms of the puzzles.”

One downside is that Cecil’s statement may imply that the puzzles and activities of the remaining planned installments will not be much more creative than the first two.  This could be a sign of repetitive game play, which would likely be a major turn-off for many participants.

Doctor Who - The Adventure Games, Blood of the CybermenHowever, thinking beyond the two episodes that are left, Cecil commented,

“Most of the people who would play a second one would have played the first one so they now know the grammar of how these games work.

“If we were going to do more, it probably would be a little more tougher in the adventure department. Not contrived, but just a little bit more challenging in that sense.”

This is excellent news; who would want to have to sit through a tutorial level every time a new Adventure Game is released?

The first episode of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, City of the Daleks, is available here for PC and Intel-powered Mac users in the UK.  Part two, Blood of the Cybermen, can be found here for the PC-sporting British, with the Mac version to be made available this Wednesday.

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3 Responses to Please, Sir, Could We Have Some More?

  1. Cosier says:

    I would love to see more adventure games.
    Yes the puzzles are quite repetitive (and personally I’d prefer they weren’t there at all).
    I think that if we did have a new adventure game bi-monthly-ish it would keep Doctor Who in the public eye which can’t be a bad thing. And we’d get new adventures throughout the year!
    I hope that the next adventure game has an original monster. They can’t keep following Russel’s guide lines. What’s next the Macra?
    But overall I am impressed by the games.

  2. TheDarkling says:

    Ironically, Cecil’s input seems to be the problem with these new games. Bad benchmarkling, buggy puzzles, crate pushing are all present in his own game series, Broken Sword, which died an expensive death a few years ago. 

    Personally, I found the inclusion of his own surname, as part of the plot in Blood of the Cybermen, a little excessive. ‘Fort Cecil’ is heard said more times than ‘cyberman’. 

    Perhaps a bigger, better games developer should be approached, who can deliver something a little less self-referencing, and throwaway. For all of the talk about ‘games for low-end machines’ even my new, dedicated games machine struggled with the basic looking scenes. One puzzle was almost insolvable due to misplaced ‘hotspots’, and some text characters were missing from the game font; ‘it won do that’ anyone? Lastly, the cyberslaves often got themselves stuck on ice blocks, a foot high! Bit rubbish really.

    After the new thrill of Doctor Who games actually existing, I can’t help feel that both the BBC and the players are being offered sub-standard fare. 

  3. Christian Cawley says:

    The only way to deal with these bugs really is to contact the BBC directly via the feedback form:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/dw/faq/tag_contact/Adventure_Games_Contact_Form

    Sadly it is buried at the foot of the FAQ on the game page, but I’m sure having met some of the developers that they would be very interested to find out about these bugs.

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