It wasn’t too long ago that I was getting ready to dive into a Doctor Who game with some trepidation and excitement. This was because the patchy history of our favourite Time Lord in this space has not nearly echoed the success of the TV series. Thankfully The Lonely Assassins was a blast and like buses, another game, Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality has come along shortly after. Can lightning really strike twice?
This latest adventure expands on 2019’s VR game The Edge of Time, and as the new name suggests, the stakes have risen considerably. A reality virus threatens to completely destroy the fabric of the universe and only The Doctor, with more than a little help from yourself, can stop it.
Starting in what looks like the laundrette from EastEnders, you make contact with The Doctor who starts to explain the threat you are up against. Immediately you’re thrown into the middle of a Dalek invasion, which for Doctor Who fans is a thrilling prospect. Right from the off, it’s clear that developers Maze Theory and Just Add Water understand how to deliver what Doctor Who fans want. This is a game for them.
Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality is the genuine article. It’s very faithful to the TV series, respects it, and feels absolutely on a level with it creatively. The narrative is well written and acted by Jodie Whittaker, David Tennant (yes he’s back) and the supporting cast. The soundtrack is also delightful, once again matching the calibre you would expect from The Doctor’s adventures on the small screen. However, in the same way as the TV series in the past, the music drowns out the dialogue at times, and there isn’t an option in the setting to rebalance this. It’s another, possibly accidental way, in which Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality is faithful to the source material.
However, one thing that lets it down are the visuals. There are some lovely moments to be enjoyed if you stand back for a few seconds and survey your surroundings (such as looking back through the doors of the TARDIS into the huge console room), however there are plenty of rough edges. I can only assume this is due to the fact that the previous game was built for VR.
There are a few glitches that remain in the game too, ranging from a floating Doctor during a monologue to a cutscene I had to watch twice over before the game progressed. Overall they took away some polish but didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the game too much. However, I am a big Doctor Who fan, and I think that really helped.
In Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality you’ll need to search for and examine items to solve fairly simple puzzles. There’s no combat, so instead you’ll need to choose your path carefully. Well, this changes at one part of the game where you get to pilot your very own Dalek which is great fun. However, for the most part in true Doctor Who fashion you’ll simply have to run, because the Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels and brand new baddie, the CyberReaper, will all be trying to catch you.
Your adventure will take you across the universe, from Victorian London to 22nd Century Mars in what feel like mini episodes of the TV show. There are scattered collectibles to find which are iconic belongings from each incarnation of The Doctor. Otherwise the levels are very linear with a clear path from start to finish.
You also have a journal to hand, which documents your adventure, and is filled by finding pages as you play. These give you more information around events, characters and objects in the game, adding a bit more context to the action.
Objectively speaking, Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality is a game that aims high but doesn’t always hit the target. However, for fans of the series, there’s a cracking adventure to be had here.
Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality is a short, simple adventure game. However, it draws skillfully upon the Doctor Who franchise, making it an experience fans won’t want to miss.
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