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Published on May 14th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

The Doctor Who Game Conundrum

What is happening with Doctor Who games on the PC and Mac? While the iPhone has been receiving update for the Mazes in Time game, 2010′s Doctor Who: The Adventure Games has been conspicuous by its absence since the release of the last installment at Christmas.

We’ve already heard that an MMO is in development (details of which will be released at the San Diego Comic Con in July) which at present is understood to be similar to various Facebook games and now there is news from BBC Worldwide’s Robert Nashak that “big news” is planned for next year.

“There’s big news for 2012 that we can’t talk about just yet. Watch this space!”

Okay, so it’s pretty vague. But it is an actual announcement, which is more than fans of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games have had so far despite promises of a second series of episodes in 2011…>


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

3 Responses to The Doctor Who Game Conundrum

  1. avatar 23skidoo says:

    The Adventure Games don’t exist as far as I’m concerned. Some fool (and I use that term deliberately) at some level of decision making decided that only the PC version would be made available for sale in North America, leaving Mac users either undertaking some amateur hacking to get the UK version of the file to work, or simply choosing to ignore it, as I have. No one seems to care so to heck with them. I’ve heard decidedly mixed reviews about the games anyway (indeed, general opinion I’ve interpreted is that all the games released in 2010 were pretty much garbage, including the console games). So I don’t feel I’m missing out. I was just interested for the vocal performances by Matt and Karen anyway.

  2. avatar STLShawn says:

    The adventure games were good in my opinion. I did buy them for the PC.
    At first, i didn’t like them, i thought there was quite a few tweeks that could be done, like make them longer, puzzles seemed a bit too hard at times and too easy others, etc., the usual problem i have with games.
    Then i realized that we (the troops of Doctor Who die hard fans) have an incredibly high threshold of entertainment. We have become spoiled by the best written, best produced, best acted series on television for the last 48 years. Let’s be honest, the worst DW episode is better than 99% of what’s on tv.

    We pick the episodes apart, we are disappointed by any portion of the show that’s not absolutely perfect and amazing, and that’s the way we are with the games.

    So what i’m saying is they are good quality, well produced, well acted, intelligent games with good artwork created for the wide range of fans that DW enjoys right now. Not targeted at the adult super-fan, not targeted at only 11 year old British kids, not targeted at the super gamer, but a fun romp of a game well worth the money and the time.

    They’ll never be as great as we feel Doctor Who should be (like Rush’s music), but it’s always good quality (also like Rush’s music).

    Keep in mind when you play that we, as DW fans, are an elite group of ultimate entertainment connoisseurs, and we expect a level of entertainment nobody can achieve.

    Makes me almost feel sorry for Moff and the rest of DW’s creators, and the creators of the games, that there is no way they can possibly feed this voracious entertainment beast. But wow, they all do a wonderful job trying.

    • avatar Matt says:

      I found ALL of the puzzles far too easy and I’m only 13 years old.

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