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Published on August 20th, 2011 | by Scott Varnham

The Mazes Of Time – Android Review

I was delighted to read on this very site that BBC Worldwide have released The Mazes Of Time game as an mobile app on the Android Market, so naturally I rushed to the online shop and downloaded it. However, to say it’s a full release is about half-right. For the price of sweet F-A, you get about 4 levels. For the dedicated player, it works out at about 10-15 minutes of gameplay before you have to start forking over the cold hard cash to unlock the rest of the game (something that is beyond my abilities). Also, once you’ve completed the initial free session, the only way to go back to the later levels is creating a new save file (I named my second file Kasterborous). Not that it makes a blind bit of difference whether you do or not, as you have to go through the tutorials when you reopen a save file anyway.

You play as The Doctor and Amy, trying to navigate your way around levels and occasionally coming across Daleks, Cybermen and Silurians. Each character has an ability that the other does not and has problems that the other hasn’t, so you have to make them work together to get through the levels. For example, The Doctor can’t walk over certain areas of the floor because he’s too fat, but he can clamber over obstacles in his way and push boxes around. Amy, for her part, can crawl through small spaces (her crawl animation is hilarious) and generally serve as an assistant to The Doctor. Bizarrely, both of them regenerate upon dying.

Doctor Who - The Mazes of Time on Android phones

The gameplay itself is rather fiddly, with the on-screen joystick sometimes not working quite as well as you’d like it to. One time, it took me about a minute and a half just to get in the right position to move a box. You also unfortunately cannot run properly, no matter how much you move the joystick. All you can manage is a bit of a light jog. The animation is pretty good and the design is done in the same style as the recent Adventure Games.

One area that works well in the game is the dialogue between The Doctor and Amy. You get the feeling that writer Oli Smith has a handle of the characters and how they talk to each other. This helps to add to the feeling that this is indeed a Doctor Who game, not some cheap knock-off called Doctor What-Where?

Overall, the game’s not that great. It has its moments and it’s a nice little way to pass the time. I’d recommend trying out the free version and seeing what you think. If your Doctor Who loving children are of an age to possess an Android phone, then they’ll probably like this as it’s not too difficult and you get to play as the Doctor. If that’s not worth doing for free then I don’t know what is.


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In his spare time, Scott writes for Kasterborous, his personal blog at WordPress and the revived Starburst Magazine. He’s also on Twitter (as @Scott_V_Writer) where he tries to be interesting and verbose in 140 characters.

10 Responses to The Mazes Of Time – Android Review

  1. avatar Ji says:

    Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be working on tablets. I’ve got a Samsung Galaxy Tab and this game just crashes on start up. Seems reviewers with both this and other tablets are having the same problem. Very disappointed!

  2. I’m using a Samsung Galaxy S if that helps in any way.

  3. avatar January Lost says:

    I was absolutely enthralled to see this game hit the Android market. I downloaded it like a giddy school-girl seeing her first Elvis performance (except I’m not a girl and it’s not Elvis)…

    …only to bump into constant force-closes at ever attempt to load the game. I’m using a Motorola Droid 3—so it’s certainly not a hardware issue. I’ve sent the developers an inquiry email looking for help, as well as gone back twice in the last few days to see if it’s been updated. So far no luck or reply!

    Major bummer, because the Doctor’s presence on the Android market (not to mention my phone) should be huge, and this could have been step one of that. :(

    • I’m trying to it on a modded HTC HD2 (no slouch in the specs department) and a Tegra II tablet, and I’m not even able to download it from the Market :/

      • avatar January Lost says:

        Oh man, that sucks. I wonder what gives with the inability to download?

        I attempted a re-download (even though there’s still been no update since the 12th) on my Motorola Droid 3 again yesterday. This time it opened long enough to ask me to enable ‘Feint’—which had me quite excited—but alas, after accepting if began its Recursive Loop of force-closes.

        Still no reply to my development inquiry.

        A phone/tablet compatibility list added to the App to save some frustration is something I’d love to see them add. On the plus side, if it ever does get fixed I’ll definitely check it out.

  4. avatar David from Boston says:

    Sooooooooooo…. Ms Gillam wasn’t available?

    Because that sure looks like Felicia Day.

  5. avatar Alex Stabler says:

    This is very annoying as it is not compatible for my phone (HTC Wildfire S). What is the point of releasing a game for Android when it isn’t compatible with all phones?

    • I think it might be useful to create a list of devices that the game will or won’t work on.

      I’ve so far tried to download the game on to a Honeycomb tablet (Advent Vega, with custom ROM as no official Honeycomb release is available for that device) and a HTC HD2 running Android, both prompting the message that the game isn’t compatible with my device. Which given the specs of either is unlikely.

      • avatar Alex Stabler says:

        For the game to not be compatible with such brilliant phones is a big mistake as this means that less people will be able to play it (or buy it, rather!?) that is another annoying thing. Why is it that you have to pay for more than 15 minutes of gameplay. In my opinion this game is a wasted oppurtunity.

  6. got so excited when i found out it was on android market but then could not find it so then i went on to the android site tried to download it on there only to be let down cos my HTC wildfire is not comparable so upset :(.

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