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As the first instalment of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, City of the Daleks circumvents this issue. It’s a great game, successfully fulfilling the family audience requirement that the BBC hope will get families to gather around a PC in the same way that they gather around a TV every Saturday evening to enjoy time travelling adventure in Doctor Who...
Overall, City of the Daleks is a fun diversion for a few hours. It has plenty of flaws, to be sure, but, for UK residents at least, it’s completely free, which makes it hard not to recommend. If you’re a Doctor Who fan, and were considering giving this one a go, I’d say go for it – just bear in mind the shortcomings. If you have kids who love the TV show, this is almost a must-have, though be prepared to be on hand to help out with a few frustrating bits. Bring on the Cybermen in Episode 2!
Sono rimasto molto deluso. Mi aspettavo qualcosa di diverso o perlomeno fatto meglio. Posso capire tutto, dal fatto che il gioco debba essere fruibile al maggior numero possibile di utenti, al fatto che sia multipiattaforma (è disponibile anche una versione per Mac) e quindi debba essere graficamente adattabile. Questo non toglie, però, che per noi che amiamo le avventure questo primo capitolo non può che essere solo un piccolo passatempo di qualche ora (tre o quattro in tutto). Consigliato solamente agli amanti della serie TV e a chi ama le storie di fantascienza.
Ultimately, City of the Daleks represents a disappointing introduction to Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, as repetitive action, a small cast of characters and trivial tasks damage the impact of this first episode. The brilliant music, expansive locales and witty dialogue save the game from completely falling flat, but the developers can’t solely rely on these to carry the Doctor and Amy through the rest of their four-part adventure. While I spent my time sneaking past yet another Dalek, I couldn’t help but wish for more variety and something significant to do. Fans of the show are sure to appreciate the nods to the past, but if you don’t already enjoy watching Doctor Who, you’re unlikely to discover what makes the series so popular from this game alone.
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Misschien ideaal voor de onvervalste (jonge, Britse) fans, maar anders zou ik zeggen: "not your cup of tea, my dear!".