I will never understand the big hype surrounding Top Trumps, if there is any. Top Trumps is a
card game where you have to try and guess whether or not your card has a higher stat than another. This game tries to incorporate
this card game together with the successful franchise of Doctor Who, and to be honest, as much as I love Doctor
Who, I had little fun with this game, purely because it's just Top Trumps with the Doctor Who franchise
slapped on it.
There really isn't much to this game - you get a deck of cards, each card with a Doctor Who
character on it, including various stats including Height, Intelligence, Monster Points, Darkness and Courage, each of which
has a number next to them. The goal of the game is to try and win all of the cards from your opponent, by guessing which stat
might be higher than your opponent's. It doesn't sound like much fun, but to shake things up, you cannot see what your opponent's
card is. Now granted, in a card game like poker, it might be fine to have a game based on guesswork and chance, but when you
have to go through a story mode and the AI at later stages seem to near always have a better card than you, it's annoying
to play a game mostly compromised of blind guesswork.
There are special power-ups available in the game - if you manage
to fill your meter all the way to the top, you can use your special power. The annoying part about the special powers is that
some are way too overpowered, such as Time Warp, which enables you to see your opponents current and next cards, thus making
the game too easy, or in the case of your opponent using it, too frustrating. Meanwhile, the Chameleon power used by the Slitheen
is just plain useless as it clones your opponent's card, meaning that no matter what stat you choose, it'll come back the
Eventually, what it comes down to is this; the game is all about Top Trumps so I must advise fans of
the Doctor Who series to not be fooled into thinking you're getting a genuine Doctor Who gaming experience.
If you like Top Trumps, you'll probably enjoy this, but for the most part the game just feels like nothing more than
blind guesswork and relies on luck. I can't really recommend this to fans of Doctor Who unless they like Top
Trumps as well, because otherwise while you could probably get some enjoyment out of it for the first brief time you
play it, it quickly gets old.