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2014-08-20 12:11:37 PM  
They have a point, those games were great.
 
2014-08-20 12:49:26 PM  
theeleonoraproject.files.wordpress.com

"Spoilers, sweetie."
 
2014-08-20 01:43:34 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: [theeleonoraproject.files.wordpress.com image 500x600]

"Spoilers, sweetie."


Well, now I want to see a Carmen Sandiego movie with Alex Kingston.
 
2014-08-20 01:55:23 PM  
FTA: Don't bother alt-tabbing out to Wikipedia and looking up the answers, either, since players are on the clock for every mission and usually have no more than five or 10 minutes to track down the mark.

Gee, if only our hero had some way of circumventing such time limits.
 
2014-08-20 01:56:14 PM  
I'm just wondering, with the advent of smartphones that can narrow your location down to within about 10 feet, no one's taken the CS license and made the mother of all geocaching games.
 
2014-08-20 01:56:56 PM  
He sneaks around the 'verse from Gallifrey to Sol-3
He's a Dalek killing Time Lord from Mondos to Skaro
He'll take you for a trip in the TARDIS to Telos
Tell me where in the verse is the Eleventh Doctor
 
2014-08-20 02:01:49 PM  
I wanted to hear more about its depiction of the future 2014.
 
2014-08-20 02:11:11 PM  
Meh...

I picked up 'Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock'on the cheap during a Steam sale, had no preconceived expectations...  and found I actually enjoyed it.  Native Xbox controller support, and just enough of a challenge to keep a filthy casual like me interested to the end.

If you can catch it on sale for a few bucks, it's not a bad platformer.
 
2014-08-20 02:21:55 PM  
Doctor Who video games? You mean

www.timey-wimey.com

two player vs galaga, right?
 
2014-08-20 02:41:53 PM  

Stile4aly: Well, now I want to see a Carmen Sandiego movie with Alex Kingston.



I'd pay to see that.
 
2014-08-20 02:44:23 PM  

ArkAngel: He sneaks around the 'verse from Gallifrey to Sol-3
He's a Dalek killing Time Lord from Mondos to Skaro
He'll take you for a trip in the TARDIS to Telos
Tell me where in the verse is the Eleventh Doctor


The burden of a time lord is there's never any time.
Too much of eternity and nowhere to unwind.
Hobgoblins and morrismen fighting in the streets.
Hot continuum breakdown give them lightning!

Waiting on the corner for the Swiss guard to arrive...to arrive.
And when they do we'll battle them and rattle them.
Halberd versus mind versus mind.
Once more unto the breach!
 
2014-08-20 02:45:04 PM  
I hated that game.  Sure, you could easily get enough clues to catch them, but if you took the time to get the right clues to put together a warrant, you usually ran out of time, or if you trusted to luck and got a warrant with only 2/3 identifiers, you almost always got it for the wrong person.
 
2014-08-20 02:54:49 PM  
I remember spending far more time than I am willing to admit  playing with the in game coffee machine :P
 
2014-08-20 02:58:50 PM  
They make it sound like you had to know all this crap to play the game but it came with a huge encyclopedia of history and you could easily skim throuhg and research the key names/places they listed in the text clue. I adored that game loads when I was a kid.
 
2014-08-20 03:01:52 PM  
Surely a AAA Dr. Who video game shouldn't be THAT challenging to come up with. This is an IP with arguably more source material than any franchise on the planet that has yet to have a decent game associated with it.

In 3 minutes, here's a game that could work:
*Play as the Doctor's companion
* enable an aspect of random generation within reason (x numbers of scenarios to encounter, x possible time/places to encounter those scenarios)
* pack it to the gills with source material (species, characters, enemies) without stepping on top of anything canon
* include an overall plot that each scenario can be loosely are tied to (ala XCOM)
* develop a gameplay mechanic that's fun, satisfying, isn't hokey, and won't get old after 20 hours of play

Huge money maker off the bat, and a machine for churning our DLC.
 
2014-08-20 03:07:54 PM  

AmazinTim: Surely a AAA Dr. Who video game shouldn't be THAT challenging to come up with.


you'd be surprised how difficult it is to model hastily constructed rubber masks
 
2014-08-20 03:08:21 PM  
 
2014-08-20 03:29:27 PM  

MrEricSir: FTA: Don't bother alt-tabbing out to Wikipedia and looking up the answers, either, since players are on the clock for every mission and usually have no more than five or 10 minutes to track down the mark.

Gee, if only our hero had some way of circumventing such time limits.


There actually was a "Where in Time is Carmen Sandeigo?" where you had a time machine and you still had those time limits.  Actually, I recall it being the hardest of all those games.  Doctor Who would explain it away with either "Timey Wimey" or unchangeable "fixed point in time" explanations.
 
2014-08-20 03:30:41 PM  

ConConHead: They make it sound like you had to know all this crap to play the game but it came with a huge encyclopedia of history and you could easily skim throuhg and research the key names/places they listed in the text clue. I adored that game loads when I was a kid.


Yeah. If nothing else, you learned how an index works. I never played Where in Time, but I did play Where in the World and Where in the USA... both came with their own almanacs.

Fun games. Once you played them a ton you didn't even need the almanac.
 
2014-08-20 03:33:05 PM  

turboke: Doctor Who: Legacy

/DNRTFA


sadly, that ran like crap on my Kindle HD -- screen freezing, stuttering music, unresponsive "buttons".  but I did appreciate that it was actually free ...
 
2014-08-20 03:36:10 PM  

skyotter: turboke: Doctor Who: Legacy

/DNRTFA

sadly, that ran like crap on my Kindle HD -- screen freezing, stuttering music, unresponsive "buttons".  but I did appreciate that it was actually free ...


Ran ok on mine...but I got bored with it. Not a big fan of too many of the match the gem games, although I DID appreciate that you idn't need to have them in a line. Also, the abilities of each character was a nice mechanic to fiddle with.
 
2014-08-20 03:37:11 PM  

xsarien: I'm just wondering, with the advent of smartphones that can narrow your location down to within about 10 feet, no one's taken the CS license and made the mother of all geocaching games.


Where in Your General Area is Carmen Sandiego?
 
2014-08-20 03:37:50 PM  

FoxKelfonne: xsarien: I'm just wondering, with the advent of smartphones that can narrow your location down to within about 10 feet, no one's taken the CS license and made the mother of all geocaching games.

Where in Your General Area is Carmen Sandiego?


Carmen Sandiego stole the Grand Canyon and hid it at this geocache location!
 
2014-08-20 03:55:15 PM  
Would it feature Rockapella singing the Doctor Who theme?
 
2014-08-20 03:58:04 PM  

NeoCortex42: Would it feature Rockapella singing the Doctor Who theme?


Now I want to hear them do it. Thanks.
 
2014-08-20 04:01:01 PM  
He's WONDER RAT!
 
2014-08-20 04:09:05 PM  

sprawl15: FoxKelfonne: xsarien: I'm just wondering, with the advent of smartphones that can narrow your location down to within about 10 feet, no one's taken the CS license and made the mother of all geocaching games.

Where in Your General Area is Carmen Sandiego?

Carmen Sandiego stole the Grand Canyon and hid it at this geocache location!


Actually,with Travel Bugs, you could... do something simillar? Not necessarily The GRand Canyon, but...

Travelbugs are a fun little concept. We found one that 'wanted' to get to the DC Smithsonian/have its picture taken in front of it, and it had already been back and forth between the coasts a few times. We took it to the DC Smithsonian, took some pictures (and uploaded them)-then passed it off to a friend who was going back home.

To Scotland.

Where he hid it in a cache near his house. I have no idea why that amuses me, it just does.

/CSB
 
2014-08-20 04:09:43 PM  

Nine Hundred and Eight: I remember spending far more time than I am willing to admit  playing with the in game coffee machine :P


I remember that. I remember that and I did that too.
 
2014-08-20 04:18:37 PM  
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Have you checked the police call box?
 
2014-08-20 04:48:26 PM  
Now we know where in the world Carmen Sandiego is....she's inside the TARDIS.
 
2014-08-20 05:52:49 PM  
Hard to make a good game out of boring source material.
 
2014-08-20 06:19:37 PM  

Jack Lambert's Missing Teeth: Hard to make a good game out of boring source material.


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2014-08-20 06:58:09 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: [theeleonoraproject.files.wordpress.com image 500x600]

"Spoilers, sweetie."


Yowza.
 
2014-08-20 08:38:09 PM  
Personally, I'd love to see an open-world sort of Skyrim-esque Doctor Who game where you can pilot the TARDIS to various places and help people out (and wander through the TARDIS freely of course) but it'll probably never happen.

While unofficial, this game lets you fly a "blue wooden box" through space, so I'll have to settle for this for the ahem time being.
 
2014-08-20 10:09:21 PM  
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2014-08-20 10:15:21 PM  

AmazinTim: Surely a AAA Dr. Who video game shouldn't be THAT challenging to come up with. This is an IP with arguably more source material than any franchise on the planet that has yet to have a decent game associated with it.

In 3 minutes, here's a game that could work:
*Play as the Doctor's companion
* enable an aspect of random generation within reason (x numbers of scenarios to encounter, x possible time/places to encounter those scenarios)
* pack it to the gills with source material (species, characters, enemies) without stepping on top of anything canon
* include an overall plot that each scenario can be loosely are tied to (ala XCOM)
* develop a gameplay mechanic that's fun, satisfying, isn't hokey, and won't get old after 20 hours of play

Huge money maker off the bat, and a machine for churning our DLC.


Anyone play PT yet?

Played it and my mind drifted to how good a psychological puzzle game like that would be in the Doctor Who universe.
 
2014-08-21 10:33:23 AM  
Doctor Who isn't the only massive Sci-Fi property to never have a decent game. Star Trek has yet to have a must-play video game.
 
2014-08-21 10:41:26 AM  

zipdog: Doctor Who isn't the only massive Sci-Fi property to never have a decent game. Star Trek has yet to have a must-play video game.


I dunno. The one for the first Game Boy was a lot of fun...when I was 12.
 
2014-08-21 11:28:20 AM  

zipdog: Doctor Who isn't the only massive Sci-Fi property to never have a decent game. Star Trek has yet to have a must-play video game.


Disagree

upload.wikimedia.org upload.wikimedia.org

And no one seems to be able to make one on par since.  The resurrection of space sims fueled by interest in EVE and the Star Citizen Kickstarter might lead to something though.
 
2014-08-21 05:21:17 PM  

zipdog: Doctor Who isn't the only massive Sci-Fi property to never have a decent game. Star Trek has yet to have a must-play video game.


The first Elite Force game was pretty good.
 
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