Developer: Tiny Rebel Games
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 2.3
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Take the perennially popular Match-3 genre, combine it with a well-loved TV show, and what do you get? Doctor Who: Legacy. That’s all you need to know about it, really. If you enjoy Match-3 games and Doctor Who, you’ll enjoy this. Don’t expect much innovation, though. This is a puzzle game we’ve all played before.

Divided up into seasons, you’re able to take The Doctor and his relevant trusty companion on an adventure through time and space by, well, matching gems to defeat Daleks and Cybermen. Yes, it’s a curious use of the license but it kind of works. Deviating from the typical Match-3 path you can move gems anywhere on screen, thereby setting up some great combos. Doctor Who: Legacy keeps it fairly light and easy, but it’s still quite satisfying to take out an enemy in one move. Also, there are special attacks to inflict on your foe that are very loosely Doctor Who-esque. It’s all very typical of the genre but less so of the show.

drwho3drwho6You can accrue new members to your team, as well as level them. This is a particular boon for fans as who doesn’t want to have a team of Doctor Who favorites under their wing? Don’t expect much innovation, though. Or personality.

Despite being freemium, Doctor Who: Legacy is pretty good at dishing out stuff for free – although you can always skip ahead via in-app purchases. There’s no energy meter in sight either, meaning you can simply enjoy rather than feel restricted.

Ultimately though, Doctor Who: Legacy is a fairly regular combat-focused Match-3 game with a Doctor Who-based skin to it. There are plenty of levels to tackle but it lacks the crucial dialogue that makes the show so entertaining, plus the menus and general visuals are pretty mediocre and far from eye catching. This is one mostly for fans only.

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