Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality Review – Return of the Tardis

Developer Maze Theory has reimagined their 2019 VR release of Doctor Who: The Edge of Time, added in some extra bells and whistles, added in an extra Doctor or two, and released the game for non VR players. Should you grab your Sonic Screwdriver and jump in the Tardis, or is this game better off lost to a time virus?

Read on to find out.

 

The Doctor Who series has been around since 1963 and has seen movies, TV specials, card games, and several video game spin offs. With the release of Doctor Who: The Edge of Time, it ventured into the world of Virtual Reality, and those without VR access were left unable to play it. Developer Maze Theory took the VR version and added in some collectibles, a new subplot (sort of) and brought in an extra Doctor to expand the game. If you have played the previous release, you will probably recognize quite a bit, and what few puzzles are there will be easily solved due to the fact that they are exactly the same.

Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality Review – Lots of Collectibles to Find

The main story is basically the same: Someone or something has unleashed a reality virus that will destroy the entire universe unless you can somehow stop it. What was added, story wise, was a mysterious character that is trying to materialize and catch you throughout each of the levels. There are also collectibles, and quite a few of them, each with their own Doctor Who tie-in. This is something that was missing in the first game, as it adds a depth to the game as it tells the history of each item when you first find them. All of the collectible items are viewable within your tardis but there’s no way to replay the description. It would have been nice to be able to go back and reread about the items. One thing to note, upon starting a new game, all of your collectibles carry over, so it’s really more of a New Game+. There is no Level Select, so if you missed anything, you’ll have to replay every level to find anything you may have missed.

Also new to the game is the Journal of Improbable Things. This is another series of collectibles that are notes found throughout the game, and once found are added to your journal. Filling up the journal can be a daunting task as the papers are spread out and not always easy to find. The notes add to the overall depth of the storytelling, so thay are a nice addition.

 

Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality Review – Play Just a Little Longer

For those that played the VR version, the last chapter of Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality is an all new addition and a new ending for the game. It introduces the 10th Doctor, played by David Tennant, and adds a brand new level to the game. It also reveals who has been trying to materialize throughout your journey and you, the player, will be faced with a final decision. You’ll have to play through the game to find out what that is.

Developer Maze Theory took their previously released title Doctor Who: The Edge of Time and added a little spit and polish to it, putting a little more meat on its bones, and expanding it somewhat. If you’ve never played the VR version, the game is definitely worth the low price of USD $24.99. It would have been nicer for those of us that owned the previous game to get a discount on that price since so much of it is included here, but nope. Full price for everybody.

That being said, if you are a fan of Doctor Who, you’ll be buying the game anyway, as it is a great little homage to the series.

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Doctor Who: The Edge of Time review code provided by publisher and reviewed on a PS4 Pro and PSVR. For more information on scoring, please read What our review scores really mean.