Doctor Who: Puzzle Battle Preview
Reviewed by Didi Cardoso
Review Date Platform Genre Rating Production
2012-04-01 PS3 Puzzle RP (Rating Pending) Backbone Entertainment / Capcom / BBC

Doctor Who: Puzzle Battle (tentative title), a joint effort between Backbone Entertainment, Capcom and BBC, is an upcoming Puzzle Fighter-inspired game with an all Doctor Who theme. To quote one of The Doctor's famous sayings, "First things first, but not necessarily in that order."

Doctor Who Puzzle Battle

The Universe is at war, and it seems that every race is targeting the humans, so it is up to The Doctor to put a stop to the attacks. The game features the traditional Puzzle Fighter arcade gameplay, where characters from the show go head-to-head in puzzling battles of universal proportions. You will be able to choose a variety of heroes and villains from the Doctor Who universe as your playable character: The Doctor in different "incarnations" of himself, his companions (including Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Amy Pond and Donna Noble), River Song, Captain Jack Harkness, the Ood and other friendly faces make their appearance.

In your battles to save the universe you will fight against Daleks, Cybermen, the Sontaran, the Judoon, the Slitheen, The Master himself, The Silence, and the ever scary Weeping Angels - don't you dare blink if you find one of those! Enemies and other characters will be unlocked as you progress through the Quest Mode.

Versus Mode will allow you to play locally or online with others, with up to three other players, either on your own or in a 2 vs. 2 co-op situation where both players share a common puzzle field and get two different pieces at a time.

By earning Timey-Wimey points through Quest Mode or Versus Mode victories, you can unlock bonus content in the Gallery and the Theater. The Gallery will showcase artwork, posters and photos, and in the Theatre you can find short clips of memorable scenes from the TV show.

It is also rumored that the game will come bundled with a Sonic Screwdriver of your choice (David Tennant's or Matt Smith's), at no additional cost for pre-orders, making it a treat for die-hard fans of Doctor Who.

Free the Ood slaves, escape from the Pandorica, prevent the Adipose from multiplying and stop the Daleks from exterminating everyone in their path. In between, hope the Silence don't make you forget your efforts... There are plenty of Puzzle Battles to be fought, coming to both major consoles by the time the next Christmas Special hits the screen. Brilliant!

"There are worlds out there where the skies are burning, where the sea's asleep, and the rivers dream. People made of smoke, and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice... and somewhere else the tea is getting cold. Come on Ace...we've got work to do!"


Editor's Note: At the risk of upsetting fans of both Puzzle Fighter and Doctor Who... Sorry! April's Fools! :)