|System: PC, MAC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Sumo Digital||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: BBC Wales Interactive||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: July 23, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: N/A||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
When taken as a whole, these two games provide a lot of context for the story at large and fit nicely within the overall narrative of the fifth season. The cracks in time are present in both episodes, and the writing for the eleventh Doctor is spot on. Ford nailed the eleventh's random rantings and occasional sarcasm. I felt like these could have been standalone episodes (in fact, I would go as far as to say I prefer City of the Daleks to this year's Dalek episode, Victory of the Daleks").
This game looks good. The character models for both the Doctor and Amy are very detailed, and the animations are nice and quick. However, sometimes the character movements are awkward, especially when characters are walking around in the TARDIS (it looks like there is some skating happening). The environments in the game are good, although I have to give the graphical edge to City of the Daleks. Both the ruined London cityscape as well as the planet of Skaro look great and feature plenty of detail. While the environments in Blood of the Cybermen still look good, the arctic landscapes seem basic, and even the areas inside the arctic base seem bland.
Sound in the game, however, is top-notch throughout both episodes. The game's soundtrack borrows liberally from the score of the TV series, and is nicely varied throughout the game. The characters are also fully voiced by the actors from the series (Matt Smith and Karen Gillan), and the voiceovers sound perfectly in character. I was definitely happy with the quality of the sound in the game, and their high production values keep these games feeling like "lost" episodes.
Overall, The Doctor Who Adventures: Episodes 1 and 2 are a joy to play. Although they are not that heavy with hard-and-fast gameplay, as vehicles for additional Doctor Who episodes, they work perfectly. Both episodes are available exclusively for download, priced at only $5 for both (they cannot be purchased separately). While I would have my reservations about paying more for a game that is so light on gameplay, $5 seems just about right, especially since you can count on spending about four to six hours playing these titles. Doctor Who: The Adventure Games is slated for two more entries in 2010, so here's hoping the next two entries are just as fun as the first two!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor