City of the Daleks is the first in a series of Dr. Who adventure games, which in my opinion have been long overdue since the rebirth of the series in 2005, and is available to download today for the PC and the 15th June for the Mac.
The best thing about these games is that the BBC are letting you download them for free!
The first instalment kicks things off with a bang, pitting the Doctor against his arch enemies, the Daleks. The TARDIS lands in 1963 where the Doctor and Amy step into the ruins of London created by the Daleks, who have seized control of time. Our favourite Time Lord then has to travel to the Dalek homeworld of Skaro in order to unravel this mystery, before the time of his faithful companion's species and planet runs out.
Previous games featured on the Dr. Who website have been targeted almost exclusively for kids, although there were a couple of diamonds in the rough, in particular Attack of the Graske and a game in which you played the Dalek from the 2005 episode Dalek.
The graphics in the game look pretty good and the story has been crafted by writers with at least one credit in the series, who have tried to incorporate the narrative strands from the TV show into the games, and thus have extended the current series from 13 to 17 episodes.
I'm hoping the four interactive episodes or adventure games, will grab the attention of developers who will see the potential of future Dr. Who games, whilst remaining loyal to the fans. I for one would love to play a longer game, in which you could play through some of the classic moments from Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant's tenures, before moving into Matt Smith's incarnation of the charismatic time traveller.
Dr. Who fans should love the game, and the fact its a free download means that its definitely worth a try, even if you don't know your sonic screwdriver from your vortex manipulator. Stay tuned for our review.
Thanks to andywedge @ HUKD