The first episode of the Doctor Who adventure game is available for download a few days ahead of its official release date.
City of the Daleks, the first episode of the official Doctor Who game, has been released a few days ahead of schedule with relatively little fanfare. You might be wondering why a game based such a popular show is getting such a low-key release, and it's because it's not quite finished yet
"We're testing the system with an almost-final version of City of Daleks' ahead of the official release date," said BBC executive producer Anwen Aspden. "The reaction so far has been overwhelming, but so far we're still investigating whether we should tweak certain elements up to release on 5th June. So whilst those who've downloaded and enjoyed it in its current iteration have the advantage of playing through it early, there may be some minor tweaks coming."
Aspden goes on to say that the BBC expect a fairly heavy strain on the servers after the official release on Saturday, but would let people know if the finished product is available before then.
The release is currently restricted to the UK, but is free to download. Having had a go myself - one of the advantages of being British, aside from the cool accent and free castle - I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised at how good it is. It's not going to compare to a hardcore game, but for something that the BBC is giving away for free, I'm pretty impressed.
If you live in the UK, and want to give it a try for yourself, click here to visit the site.