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Doctor Who: The Edge of Time

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Timey wimey Doctor Who VR adventure is a bit wibbly wobbly.

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Positive Messages

While the Doctor always puts others above herself, she's surprisingly absent in the game. Instead, you're basically just following what she says in order to survive … and maybe save the universe and time itself while you're at it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though the Doctor isn't technically an active part of this adventure, her presence is still felt throughout, both through her messages to you and via the AI system which helps you on your quest. The Doctor's a caring character willing to do whatever she can to help others in need, and as her latest companion, you're expected to do the same.

Ease of Play

The game's controls are pretty simple and easy to learn. Generally, you're just manipulating objects on the screen in some way to solve a puzzle and progress in the story. Sometimes the interface can feel a bit wonky, making it difficult to use items with precision.

Violence

The game features many to the Doctor's classic enemies, each of which is trying to stop what they believe to be the Doctor. Even so, there's little to no actual violence portrayed onscreen.

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Based on the popular Doctor Who TV franchise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Doctor Who: The Edge of Time is a virtual reality adventure game available for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR hardware. Based on the popular Doctor Who television series, the game features an original story set within the current Doctor Who mythos, as players are whisked away to save the Doctor and time itself. While the game features many of the Doctor's enemies together in one story, there's very little in the way of violence. Players instead are challenged to find creative solutions to overcome obstacles and avoid direct confrontations where possible.

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What's it about?

When the Earth is threatened and time itself is unravelling, it usually falls to the Doctor to swoop in and save the day, but in DOCTOR WHO: THE EDGE OF TIME, the Doctor finds herself trapped at the ends of the universe. Of course, this is the Doctor and she's never one without some sort of plan. In this case, that plan is you. What starts off as just another day quickly turns into a day like no other after an alien force begins to seep into our reality. Receiving a holographic message from the Doctor, along with the keys to her TARDIS, it's up to you to set things right. Guided by the Doctor and armed with a Sonic Screwdriver, you'll need to travel through moments of broken history and face off against some of the Doctor's greatest foes in order to collect a series of powerful "time crystals" with the ability to repair the timeline and save the universe.

Is it any good?

It's been more than fifty years since a certain Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey first stole a time machine and went galivanting across all of space and time. While fans of the show have always been content to watch the Doctor on his and her fantastic journeys, it's Doctor Who: The Edge of Time that finally gives them a chance to live one. To its credit, the game does genuinely feel like an episode of the television series. And from the moment you first step into the "bigger on the outside than it is on the inside" TARDIS, you know this is undoubtedly a game for the fans. The game features an array of self-referential moments and Easter eggs, along with a Who's Who (pun intended) of Doctor Who villains. Unfortunately, if you're not already familiar with the show, most of the material will fly right over and completely miss its mark.

There's one big thing about The Edge of Time that sticks out more than a 1963 Police Box sitting in the middle of a forest. While it might be fun to play with a sonic screwdriver, or sneak past a few Weeping Angels, it's not long before you can't help but feel like something's missing. For a game that's got "Doctor Who" right in the title, there's a surprising lack of interaction with the actual Doctor. She pops up from time to time courtesy of holographic messages but that's about it, which is disappointing for would-be companions. Instead, most of the time you're led around by a chatty AI program which, while entertaining, isn't nearly the same as having a Time Lord at your side. Lacking that, the game winds up feeling like just another VR puzzle game, but with a smattering of Who's Whovian trivia tossed in for good measure.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about virtual reality entertainment. How does VR technology change the way we view entertainment? What is the potential for the future of VR entertainment?

  • What are some of the ways that games, books, etc., can be used to build onto the universe of television shows and films? Is it better to have original stories or to follow adaptations of previous released material?

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