Doctor Who: Legacy
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Developer(s)Seed Studio
Tiny Rebel Games
Publisher(s)Tiny Rebel Games
Producer(s)Susan Cummings
Jack Yee
Peter Hickman
Designer(s)Lee Cummings
Kuenda Lee
Programmer(s)Jack Yee and the Seed Studio Team
Artist(s)Pest Jiang
Writer(s)Lee Cummings
Ben Badgett
Composer(s)Chris Huelsbeck
Fabian Del Priore
EngineUnity 3D
Platform(s)iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle, Facebook, Samsung
ReleaseiOS
27 November 2013
Android
27 November 2013
Kindle
26 February 2015
Facebook
10 July 2014
Genre(s)Puzzle/Role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player

Doctor Who: Legacy was a match-3 puzzle RPG video game released on 27 November 2013 and based upon the BBC television programme Doctor Who. The game was developed by American company Seed Studio in collaboration with British company Tiny Rebel Games. It is a free-to-play game released to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the popular sci-fi show, with rights licensed by BBC Worldwide. The game launched focusing on the Eleventh Doctor (played by Matt Smith), then later shifted the focus to the Twelfth Doctor (played by Peter Capaldi), following his debut in the show. New characters and content were added to the game regularly upon them being "signed off" with both the actors and the BBC brand team. The game includes every incarnation of the Doctor from the television series (including the War Doctor) and well over 200 companions from both classic and modern Doctor Who. The game closely followed series 8 and series 9 of the show with new levels launching each weekend alongside each episode and included new characters, costumes, and enemies from most of the episodes.

The game also contains content which does not come from the television series but rather from expanded universe canon from Big Finish Productions audio series,[1] Titan Comics[2] comic books, and George Mann's Engines of War novel. The game also has a side story entitled "Bigger on the Inside" which uses the retro 8-bit style art of PixelWho[3] and follows the story of the TARDIS being infected by a virus. The game was closed down on 17 February 2019 as Tiny Rebel did not want to renew the license with the BBC.[4]

Synopsis

The story begins when the Eleventh Doctor and Vastra arrive in Cardiff on 16 October 1978, discovering that the Earth has been invaded by the Sontarans, who have acquired time travel and are rewriting the planet's history. The Doctor must go back through his own personal timeline to defeat them before it's too late. Later story arcs focus heavily on the Zygons and The Master (in virtually all of his incarnations).

Gameplay

The gameplay takes the form of a role-playing puzzle game covering the genres of: puzzle and RPG. As you play through the game, you collect characters which you level up and then use to build your team of 1 Doctor and up to 5 Companions by playing levels in a match-3-gems, detachable gem format. You are required to match different colour of gems to deal damage to enemies. Each character has a special ability which refreshes after a set number of turns (these abilities level up with the character), some examples of these are: colour changing, reset the board, deal damage, heal character and stun enemies. Whilst most colours deal damage, the pink gems are used to heal your team. By leveling up you earn points which can be assigned to different stats in order to improve them. Throughout the game you experience some of the Doctor's most famous tales, tied into an original story.

Reception

Doctor Who Infinity

On August 8, 2018, Tiny Rebel released Doctor Who Infinity, a follow-up to Doctor Who Legacy. The game uses comic book style images and voice actors from the show, combined with the gameplay of Legacy, with a few enhancements. The game also has bonus content, which can be purchased as add-ons and features new stories featuring characters from different seasons of the show. Unlike Legacy, Infinity received a PC port via Steam, on top of a mobile version[11]

References

  1. ^ "Audiobooks from Big Finish". Bigfinish.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Amazing Comics, Graphic Novels, Trade Paperbacks, and Statue Selection - Welcome to Titan Comics - Dallas, TX". Titancomics.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Doctor Who: Legacy". Tinyrebelgames.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  4. ^ New, Daniel (3 February 2019). "Time runs out for Doctor Who: Legacy".
  5. ^ Nichols, Scott (27 November 2013). "'Doctor Who: Legacy' review (iOS): TARDIS takes on Puzzle & Dragons - Doctor Who Review - Gaming". Digitalspy.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Doctor Who: Legacy – comprehensive review". Androidcentral.com. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Doctor Who: Legacy review – a waste of time". 5 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Doctor Who: Legacy Review". Officialvghc.com. Archived from the original on 30 July 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  9. ^ Mike Fahey. "The Game That's Kept Me Sane Waiting For The New Doctor Who". Kotaku.com. Gawker Media. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  10. ^ "'Doctor Who: Legacy' Keeps Getting Updated as 10th Anniversary of 'Dr. Who' Show Approaches". Toucharcade.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Doctor Who Legacy on Steam". Steam Store. Archived from the original on 13 May 2018.