Top Trumps: Doctor Who
|a game by||Team 3 Games Limited, and Rockpool Games Ltd.|
|Platforms:||PC, Playstation 2|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 3 votes|
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|See also:||Movie-based Games, Board Games, Doctor Who Series|
Confronted By The fact that the solution to every lifethreatening event in Doctor Who is David Tennant having an idea, placing his hand on his forehead and shouting a lot, there must have been a few problems when it came to the videogame. The Doctor isn't a fan of run-and-gun violence, while point-and-clicks full of saucily winking bisexual aliens who must be flirted with in exchange for the keys to the Tardis are hardly in vogue.
Bid welcome, then, to Top Trumps: Doctor Who. The spirit of playground gaming re-invented by the Timelord himself, even if the versions you may have previously played wouldn't have had you using phrases like Combo Breaker! Unsurprisingly, this is a game best suited to a real deck of heavily thumbed, slightly sweat-smelling cards. By its nature the single-player mode gives the computer half the play-time, while the repetitive rule book of this most simple of games starts to grate a few hands in.
In fact, the only way Top Trumps: Doctor Who does work well is as conversation piece. The Face of Boe only with Intelligence of 49? Really? A Dalek statistically less brave than fearless Prime Minister Harriet Jones? Autons (mere automaton puppets of the Nestene Consciousness) with a courage of 50? Pub conversation between Doctor Who geeks has rarely been so animated...