It took almost six decades, but now it is possible to say that I played a good Doctor Who game without any caveats. The lone assassins is, in my opinion, the best Doctor Who game never made, although considering what has happened before, that’s only half a compliment. It turns out, however, that a rediscovered phone title with a little bit of horror and a hint of love story contains the spirit, if not the letter, of what the series is all about.
I did my best not to spoil the game but, you know have a spoiler warning anyway.
Lone Assassins is a minor sequence of Flash, a beloved episode starring Carey Mulligan and Finlay Robertson instead of David Tennant and Freema Agyeman. At the end of this hour, Sally Sparrow (Mulligan) and Larry Nightingale (Robertson) together as love blossomed between them. Go ahead now, and Larry runs the boutique, the timeshare pair with her new boyfriend, while Sally is in New York City. Either because this Happy Ever After didn’t last Ever After, or because Carey Mulligan is no longer an Oscar nominated global superstar and not getting up for the money from mobile spinoff games.
For reasons you can probably understand, you stumbled upon Larry’s abandoned smartphone, this is how you meet Osgood (Ingrid Oliver), the former UNIT Bod is now a freelance worker. She tasks you with breaking down Larry’s digital history, going through his text messages, browser history, and photos to figure out what happened. Naturally, the game’s promotional material reveals that the Weeping Angels and Wester Drumlins, the home of Flash, are involved, so it’s not really a spoiler.
When looking for clues, you will be asked to upload some useful information to Osgood via a scan mechanism. It works well, except for the fact that the scanner icon appears whenever you hit a useful data point – a common annoyance in digital sleuth games where the UI inadvertently holds your hand. You then upload your results to Osgood via a predefined text messaging interface with multiple choice answers.
The dialogue here is fine but sometimes there is a bit too much “eh, tell me more” and other phatic speeches thrown to get you to the next point in the game. It’s also a bit difficult that, since your character does not know The Doctor, you have to go through a sequence to find out who they are. There are also times when you’re ahead of what the game wants you to be, forcing yourself to play while the story catches up, but not too much. Oh, and take plenty of notes on what’s going on, and write it all down in a notepad, because you’ll need easy access when you hit the big game conclusions.
Lone Assassins works hard to delve into the horror elements of Flash, although phones are less efficient than virtual reality – the last Doctor Who title from publisher Maze Theory was only in virtual reality The edge of time – to create a layer of terror. The developers say the game is best played in a dark corner, with headphones on, so much the better for the jump scares. As someone who thinks life is pretty scary, I played the title on a sunny morning without headphones, and it works just as well. Plus, you know, I never felt the need to fuck my own pants.
The game was developed by Kaigan, the Malaysian studio behind other phone titles found like Simulacra and Sara has disappeared. The kind of phone found often poses serious questions about privacy, voyeurism, and identity when gamers access someone’s deepest data. (A normal lost phone, from developer Accidental Queens, puts you in the awkward position of revealing someone deeply private information to advance the game, for example.) Lone Assassins There’s only one moment in something that looks like cat fishing, and it’s played more for laughter than drama.
With a playing time of about two hours, the game does not exhaust its reception and the conclusion is rather satisfactory. Although, just warning, you will be deprived of any sort of closure unless you complete all side quests in their entirety.
Doctor Who: The Lone Assassins arrives on iOS, Android, and Steam on Friday, March 19, and is priced at $ 2.99 on launch day, after which the price increases to $ 3.99. I highly recommend it.