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OS: Android (also available on iOS)

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DISREGARD THIS IS THE FIRST ARTICLE IN OVER 4 MONTHS

DISREGARD! DISREGARD!

DISREGARD! DISREGARD!

On January 6th, 2013 I had no idea what Doctor Who was. Two months, the loss of a job, and a Netflix subscription later, I embarked on a journey to watch all of Doctor Who. I marathoned 6 seasons in a week. Nowadays, barring the latest Christmas special, I’m all caught up. So, in my quest to become completely engrossed in the fandom of Doctor Who, I embarked on a mission to find some Doctor Who video game goodness! Surely there was a great Doctor Who game floating around out there!

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Nothing. That is, until Doctor Who: Legacy was gifted to us from the wonderful people at Tiny Rebel Games and Seed Studio! Doctor Who: Legacy is a match-3 puzzle/RPG game tasking you with building a team of a Doctor of your choosing with up to 6 companions, ranging from the familiar (Amy Pond, River Song) to the… bit more obscure… (the kids Clara babysat).

The literal bottom of the barrel was scrapped early in development.

The literal bottom of the barrel was scrapped early in development.

Each Doctor and character has a color that corresponds to them. Match 3 or more of that color and each character using that color will do damage to your enemies (Daleks, Cybermen, etc). Pink refills health of course. This all plays into the strategy of how you build your team. Do you try to max out one color and do slower, but more damaging, attacks? Or do you vary it up for quicker, but weaker attacks?

On the left: Selecting the team to be sent to their doom. On the right: The Doctor pulling victory out of his ass again.

On the left: Selecting the team to be sent to their doom.
On the right: The Doctor pulling victory out of his ass again.

In typical RPG fashion, you gain XP to level up your characters, which of course makes them stronger. The cool thing is you can go back and play older episode to level up newer companions you unlock. This is useful if you don’t want to be stuck with the starting set the whole time (which I currently am… because I’m too lazy to go back to level up newer characters… shut up).

The starting set, in mid-attack. They're all-powerful gods in my game right now.

The starting set, in mid-attack. They’re all-powerful gods in my game right now.

Bottom line, this isn’t your typical match-3 game. The strategy it takes to succeed here is something you can’t get from Bejeweled or Candy Crush. Phooey on them! If you’re a Doctor Who fan with a smartphone, this is a no-brainer

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