Look! Doctor Who games! Alright, so I like the Doctor Who franchise. Who doesn't!?
Doctor Who: City of the Daleks is the first of three episodic point-and-click adventure games based on the eleventh doctor and his companion's adventures. It involved classic adventure elements and some stealth and puzzle-solving elements. It is a free game, so I highly recommend trying it yourself, if your computer can handle it.
City of the Daleks starts with the doctor and Amy Pond traveling back to 1963 to see the Beatles. They exit the Tardis to find a post-apocalyptic 1963. Everything is in ruin, and Daleks are everywhere!
The game gives you a quick tutorial of the controls, which are quite simple, and you continue to explore the immediate area for objects to examine and collectables to collect. I found these collectables to be rather pointless, as they are only fun facts about the Doctor Who universe, and you can find a lot more information on Wikipedia.
However, the story is engaging, just like the show, and the sound effects and voices are straight from the show. If you're a Doctor Who fan, you'll find plenty of fan service in City of the Daleks.
As you progress through the game, you'll enter stealth mode and have to sneak past several Daleks. This gets a little annoying, because the controls don't lend themselves well to fast movements, but the stealth moments never get insanely difficult. You'll be fine.
You'll also solve puzzles, which are fairly easy but could be confusing at first. Everytime a puzzle screen popped up, I accidentally closed the instructions, so I had to figure out what to do through trial and error. This was extremely easy, mind you. Some puzzles require you to connect colored dots with wire. Other puzzles require you to drag an object through a maze without hitting the walls. There may be other puzzles. I haven't played through the entire game yet.
Again, the story is the fun part. You'll enjoy all the cenematics. You'll love the way the episode ties into the show's timeline. You'll also enjoy the official voices and the decent animation quality. However, there are moments of crappiness, when you really feel cheated, but since this game is free, you'll have nothing to complain about.
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