Doc­tor Who: Legacy

App. Avail­able for iphone and ipad. Free. De­vel­oper: Tiny Rebel Games.

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OVER 50 YEARS LATER, 12 doc­tors, two re­boots, count­less Daleks and Cy­ber­men, many com­pan­ions, and one K9 ro­bot, Doc­tor Who is both a cul­tural phe­nom­e­non in the UK and a cult hit with the rest of the world. Of course there is an app for that, and Doc­tor Who: Legacy is ex­tremely well done. You be­gin with the 11th Doc­tor and his ally Madame Vas­tra, who dis­cover that the Son­tarans have found a way to time-travel and are now us­ing it to change his­tory to their ad­van­tage.

To de­feat them, you have to put to­gether a se­ries of col­ored balls sim­i­lar to the pop­u­lar puz­zle game Be­jew­eled. Dif­fer­ent col­ors al­low the Doc­tor or one of his com­pan­ions to strike at the en­emy or heal the Doc­tor’s health. The mu­sic and art­work make the app seem just like the show, and you pro­gres­sively un­lock dif­fer­ent Doc­tors and char­ac­ters as well as dif­fer­ent bat­tle sce­nar­ios. Any Doc­tor Who fan will ab­so­lutely love this game for its style and con­tent. An av­er­age gamer, how­ever, will prob­a­bly find it repet­i­tive and maybe even a bit sim­plis­tic. And don’t be fooled by the free down­load: You will need to buy Time Crys­tals (99 cents for one) to un­lock cer­tain out­fits and lev­els. The game is graphic-in­ten­sive, so it runs bet­ter on the lat­est Ap­ple de­vices.

BOB CRADDOCK IS A GE­OL­O­GIST AT THE NA­TIONAL AIR AND SPACE MU­SEUM’S CEN­TER FOR

EARTH AND PLAN­E­TARY STUD­IES.

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