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Back to the Future PC Review - -

Gameplay 7.0
Graphics 8.0
Sound 10
Value 8.5
Distributor: Steam
TellTale Games
Review Date:
April 2011
Edwin Millheim


Back to the Future
PC, Mac (Steam) & PS3 Store

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 unraveled!

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
Edwin Millheim
United States Editor
Impulse Gamer



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