Reviews and Problems with Doctor Who - The Eternity Clock
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Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock
28 August 2012
Conclusion: Otherwise The Eternity Clock is a buggy, forgettable game. Although this is the first in a proposed trilogy of new Doctor Who titles commissioned by BBC Worldwide, it feels as though it would have been better to focus the entire budget and creative ideas on just one, more refined game, than to release such an uninspired, tedious insult to the great Doctor’s name.
Summary: Doctor Who is a license built on narrative, mystery, and humor, but 2D puzzle platformer The Eternity Clock's combination of spiteful puzzles, fun-sapping bugs, and a phoned-in plot fail to do the revered BBC series justice. Despite some excellent voice work from actor Matt Smith, The Eternity Clock is a clumsy but sometimes-funny platformer wrapped up in a crude Doctor Who skin.
Pros: Great voice acting from Matt Smith, Co-op mode is fun
Cons: Sadistic checkpoints, Buggy, Forgettable take on a <i>Doctor Who</i> story
Excerpt: Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock has all the ingredients of the well loved TV series: the current Doctor himself, Matt Smith, on voice and motion capture duties, witty dialogue and a cerebral side, though they did largely forget to put in the ingredients of what makes a good game at the same time. The story sees time distortions appearing all over the world, leaving it up to the doctor and his companion River Song to find out just why this is occurring.
Conclusion: I like Supermassive Games' idea they had for Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock, but I think the execution fell far short of what they planned. Had they given the game a bit more time to cook, then it would have turned out far better. The 2D platformer genre worked well for this title, but it couldn't overcome the shoddiness of the finished piece and the frustration it creates.
Conclusion: Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock is a game with a lot of promise. It has reasonably good graphics, great voice work and dialogue, and a few worthwhile challenges. However, making the game 2D, repetitive puzzles, and a host of bugs and glitches make The Eternity Clock almost unplayable. It's truly a shame, because for a few brief moments here and there, one can almost see how fantastic a more fully realized Doctor Who game could be.