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Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time is an action-adventure puzzle game based on the hit television series. The game pits the Doctor (a time-traveler) and human companion Amy Pond against a series of the show's most recognizable enemies, including Daleks, Cybermen, and Silurians. The game's puzzles aren't overly difficult, but will make you think. Amy Pond, though, who in the show is depicted as a capable, independent woman, is more helpless in this game, which makes her less of a role model for young girls. Players who choose to use Open Feint will be exposed to potential privacy and safety issues. There's also an iPad-only version of the game, Dr. Who: The Mazes of Time HD.
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Is it any good?
Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time should have a lot going for it -- well-known characters, familiar enemies, a dynamic universe. This app, though, stumbles by making the characters mere shadows of their onscreen selves, especially in making Amy Pond a helpless stereotype. It's disheartening when, faced with moving an obstacle, she says things such as "I can't push a block. And even if I could, it would be unladylike." The game's puzzles are challenging enough without being overly difficult. And the music, taken from the TV show, adds to the ambiance -- though reading the text instead of hearing the actor's voices does detract from the experience. Diehard fans of the show might be happy to have a Doctor Who game on their iDevice, but casual fans and newcomers will wonder what all the fuss is about.