If you have seen
the Back to the Future films, and you can’t help but have a big
grin on your face at the thought of the DeLorean hitting the
speed that will trigger the flux capacitor and send the car into
time, leaving nothing but a fire trail from it’s tires….then
this game is for you.
While it can be a bit on the simplistic point, click, and move
your character around screen, to solve some simple puzzles, it
has some charm to it. While it sure will not be for everyone,
your best bet if you wonder as to if the game will charm you
into the full purchase of the entire episodes, just grab the
demo and give it a play.
TellTales Games brings a highly stylized look to the franchise
that can well be kid friendly though some of the dialog can be
adult. Case in point with Doc Brown telling Marty he is about to
see some heavy Sh**.
The great thing
about this episodic adventure is that it is all new, with just
enough from what you know of the films to make you feel like
your part of that world and that adventure.
Six months after the events of the third film, the DeLorean Time
Machine mysteriously returns to Hill Valley - driverless! Marty
must go back in time and get aid from a resistant teenage Emmett
Brown, or else the space-time continuum will forever be
5-Episode Adventure will humor and fun for everyone.
Episode 1: It's About Time - Now Available!
Episode 2: Get Tannen! - Now Available!
Episode 3: Citizen Brown - Now Available!
Episode 4: Double Visions - April 2011
Episode 5: OUTATIME - Finale!
Play as Marty in the stylistic cinematic adventure that stays
true to the films. Thanks, in part I am sure by the
collaboration with Bob Gale Film Trilogy Co-Creator/Co-Writer.
The adventure plays out in true episode fashion with new Back to
the Future story in 5 monthly episodes. We of course see all the
families that play a part in the Back to the Future adventure,
the McFly’s, the Browns, and of course, the Tannens, with all of
them yet again playing key roles in this adventure.
The voice actors
are rock steady, with Christopher Loyd reprising his role as Doc
Brown, the person voicing Marty Mcfly is scary exact like
Michael J. Fox, even though it’s not him. AJ LoCascio voices
Marty Mcfly in the game. Michael J. Fox was not available for
voice work, but did license his likeness for the game
thankfully. Dennis Lenart who directed episode 1 of the game,
and Julian Kwasneski the voice director and those that had a
hand in voice casting made a spectacular choice.
All the voice actors turn in engaging performances and it is as
if you stumbled into the next chapter of the Back to the Future
adventure and have become part of it all.
Everything comes off as natural and unforced, from one scene to
the next on this time jumping adventure.
Notes on the puzzles, as the player makes there way around the
gaming world or scene, the puzzles are simplistic at best. If
you actually are stuck and are not sure what the game is looking
for to progress the story, there are hints available with the
touch of a button. There are times where solutions are reused,
and there are times when Doc Brown’s dog Einstein comes into
play to assist in the adventure.
With out ruining it for the player that wants the joy of a story
line unfolding as they play, things are not quit right in Hill
Valley. For some reason Dog Brown has been missing for months
and the banks are now trying to sell off his property and items.
Marty of course steps in and in no time, the mystery of what
really happened to Doc unfolds with Marty having again time
travel to assist his friend Doc Brown.
Along with the story line and likable characters, the
backgrounds and environments as stylized as they are lend it all
a charming well-designed look that back the whole game an
enjoyable package. Those nostalgic for the films and not looking
for an overly deep game are going to be enjoying themselves. The
game is based off some fun pop corn feel good movies with
adventure; the game does a good job of delivering all of that
The controls are
not bad, for the most part getting around in the PC version is
the norm w.a.s.d keys, while the PS3 version I felt I had more
control over. Even with some of the quarks at times making the
character face something that I wanted to face in order to
interact with it. Some times two items that where close together
caused this to be an exercise in frustration since it would not
click on the item I wanted.
Even with some of those minor shortcomings, Back to the Future
the Game, is a pleasant jaunt with old school gaming charm and
new school gaming flair.
Have fun, play games
United States Editor