BBC launches Doctor Who Game Maker

The Doctor Who Game Maker rounds off a big year for Doctor Who as part of BBC Make it Digital...it’s hugely exciting and we can’t wait to see what people come up with.Jo Pearce, Creative Director, BBC Cymru Wales Interactive
Date: 15.09.2015     Last updated: 15.09.2015 at 15.41
The BBC today launched The Doctor Who Game Maker, allowing fans to create and share their own adventures in time and space. It gives users the chance to manipulate the Doctor Who universe like never before, creating their own action-packed games featuring the Doctor, Clara, and a huge range of other heroes, monsters and worlds from the series.

Within minutes users can create a fun game from scratch, or use one of a selection of templates to help them get started. Templates include classic game formats with a Doctor Who twist, including platform games, puzzles and racers. There is a huge range of assets on offer to help fans create their own unique games - including stunningly designed environments, monsters new and old, friends, foes, and spaceships from across the galaxy.

Commander Strax is also on hand to offer advice, with a range of helpful guides that show users how to get started, change a game’s physics to make things fly, animate objects and even add special effects. There will soon be an Arcade area letting people play games made by users from around the world.

The Doctor Who Game Maker follows on from the success of The Doctor and the Dalek coding game, putting a wide range of the game’s digital assets - and plenty of new ones - into the hands of the fans. All the characters, crafts and objects featured in The Doctor and the Dalek are available in the Game Maker, alongside new additions including Clara, Missy, Weeping Angels and more, plus some new creatures from the latest series.

It requires no technical knowledge, no download and works on desktop and tablets, allowing fans to get creative whenever they feel inspired, building something simple in minutes and moving onto more complex ideas as their skills develop. Fans will also be able use the arcade feature on their mobiles so they can play games on the go.

Jo Pearce, Creative Director, BBC Cymru Wales Interactive, says: “The Doctor Who Game Maker rounds off a big year for Doctor Who as part of BBC Make it Digital. Our  game introduced our audiences to coding basics, Mission Dalek competition encouraged fans to create stories using digital technology, and now we’re giving fans the chance to make their own games. It’s hugely exciting and we can’t wait to see what people come up with.”

Launched as part of the BBC’s Make it Digital season, the Doctor Who Game Maker gives young people the chance to get creative with digital technology and introduces them to game design. The Game Maker was produced in collaboration between BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Digital, Aardman Animations, Aerian and BBC Connected Studio, and is built using the BBC’s new mixital technology.

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