Since 1963, Doctor Who has been entertaining the audience with its quirky science and mind-blowing fiction. Fourteen actors played the Doctor over the years, each adding something unique to the character. But the most fascinating thing about the TV show is certainly the Tardis, a ship standing for Time And Relative Dimensions In Space. With it not only does he travels through time, but space as well thus visiting distant planets and long forgotten points in the past.
In August, Japanese video game developer Bandai Namco Entertainment soft-launched a game Doctor Who: Battle of Time for Android. It is a collectible card game currently available only in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Thailand. The game was developed in cooperation with BBC producers of Doctor Who TV series, and the story is by a show’s writer.
The universe is being ripped apart but no one knows what or who is the cause. You assume the role as Doctor’s companion who needs to unravel this mystery and save the world. On this adventure, you will fight alongside other famous companions from the TV series, meet prominent characters from Earth’s history and through every card game discover a new clue.
The game starts with some static, narrative intro where the Doctor informs you he’s been captured by the Daleks and Tardis is stranded on Mars. But before you embark on Tardis retrieval mission, you need to choose your avatar. And this is kind of interesting, since the avatars resemble some of the companions from the TV series, but are not actually them. This gives you a sense of familiarity with the game since you can choose the one who looks like your favorite companion. My personal favorite was the girl who looked like Rose, minus the orange hair like Dona.
After some simple tutorial, you go on to play basically a card game with a goal to collect as many as possible. There are more than 200 cards available and some represent special powers and abilities that you can use in the battle. Doctor Who: the Battle of Time requires planning and so try to take it slow and carefully choose your cards.
Besides being a Doctor Who game, it brings nothing new to the table. Nonetheless, it’s entertaining and a little fantasy of helping the Doctor helps the appeal of this game. Just ask the Doctor for a sonic screwdriver, since many adventures and famous villains will be coming your way.