Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time

Common Sense Media says

Surprisingly average game from popular TV series.

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Ease of play

Moving the characters around the screen is fairly easy, though it's not immediately obvious how to switch between the Doctor and Amy Pond. Once that's figured out, though, controlling the game is easy and the puzzles aren't overly difficult.

Violence

The Doctor and his companion are hunted by series villains Daleks and Cybermen, but when they're shot, there's no blood or screaming. Instead, characters "regenerate" and the level starts over.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The app is meant as a vehicle to promote the television series.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Open Feint, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers. Players who choose to use Apple’s Game Center to track achievements can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname. Requesting or accepting a friend via email will reveal the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and the sender’s email address. Both Open Feint and Game Center are optional.

Some safety concerns. If users opt in to Open Feint they can choose to share their personal information with strangers.

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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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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$3.99
Release date:January 14, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:BBC Worldwide
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.0 or later

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Teen, 14 years old Written bySkyrimFlorence March 14, 2012
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Super fun app

LOVE THIS GAME. It's so fun!!!! I love it. I play it all the time ^_^ It's cool, I love the Daleks and stuff, good graphics for an iPod game. Anyyywaaayy, it's kinda non-realistic in the series. AMY IS A HUMAN SHE DOES NOT REGENERATE!!! :( That's my only complaint, and that it can get difficult.
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