I’ve always wondered why we’ve never had a decent Doctor Who game before, and now the BBC have taken the time to create, not just 1 game, but 4!
Being released for free from the BBC website in June, you’ll be able to guide The Doctor (in new Matt Smith guise) and lovely assistant Amy Pond through 4 Doctor Who based adventure games. All the voice over work is being provided by the original actors, the music provided by Who composer Murray Gold, the stories written by Who writers Phil Ford & James Moran, and the whole thing overseen by Who head-honcho, Steven Moffat. It’s all genuine Who.
Who Exec Producer Piers Wenger is quoted as saying “There aren’t 13 episodes of Doctor Who this year, there are 17 – four of which are interactive. Everything you see and experience within the game is part of the Doctor Who universe: we’ll be taking you to places you’ve only ever dreamed about seeing – including locations impossible to create on television.”
And the games aren’t some cheap, dodgy, browser based affair, but full blown, downloadable adventures. Development of which has all been controlled by game guru Charles Cecil – the man behind classic adventure games such as ‘Beneath a Steel Sky‘ and the ‘Broken Sword‘ series.
If your hoping for the games to appear on consoles, sorry to say, don’t hold your breath. They’ll only be available on PC and Mac because console releases would result in the BBC having to fork out for Microsoft/Sony/Nintendo licensing, which understandably, they won’t do.
So, free Doctor Who PC games, from the BBC, developed under the watchful eye of a adventure gaming giant? That can’t be a bad thing!