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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?
- Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR
- Price: $24.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: PlayStack
- Release date: November 12, 2019
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: E for No Descriptions
- Last updated: December 20, 2019
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