Title: Back to Future: The Game Episode 1 – It’s About Time
System(s): *PC, Mac
Release Date: December, 23, 2010
Publisher (Developer): Telltale games
ESRB Rating: “Everyone”
Pros: all your favorite characters, same wit as the movies
Cons: a bit glitchy
Overall Score:Two thumbs up; 98 out of 100; A; * * * * 1/2 out of 5.
Great Scott! Doc has disappeared somewhere in the past and left no trace. It’s Marty’s job to figure out where Doc went and how to bring him back to the present before he dies in the past.
Cue The Huey Lewis
The events in Back to the Future: The Game take place 6 months after the events of the movies. It starts with a familiar scene from the first films but the events are a little different then Marty remembers. Soon Doc disappears and we are brought back to the present with Marty waking up (the scene turned out to be a dream) and going to his scientists pal’s house to help oversee the auction of all his stuff, since he’s been missing for months.
The rest of the game involves Marty trying to save the Doc who went back and time and was killed, which explains why he disappeared in the present. As always with Telltale, this is the first part of a five part episodic game. Each episode tells a part of the whole story.
There are five major goals you have to accomplish in the game, all of which need to accomplished in a specific order which makes it more linear, which is helpful in an adventure game. I don’t want to tell you the goals since it will spoil things in the game, but I will say that they range from simple to complex.
All the original characters are back in the game, Marty, Doc, Marty’s parents, Biff, and even Einstein (Doc’s dog). You even get to see relatives of some of the characters in the past, plus you get to see a teenage Doc. There are also a lot of relics from the movies that will recognize as you play.
Flux Capacitor Is Still… Fluxing
Telltale managed to get a couple of the original actors to do the voices like Christopher Lloyd for Doc, and James Tolkan for Principal Strickland. The other characters are voiced pretty well and sound a lot like that characters but, let’s face it, no one could quite voice the Doc like Lloyd.
I’m starting to like the 5 episode/one-big-story theme Telltale is using. I think it keeps you interested in the game and make it feel like each episode is much longer than it really is. Plus, what works with this series is that single non-connected stories wouldn’t work so well since it involves traveling through time. It would be hard to come up with 5 unrelated stories since each event seems to affect another event. Plus, if you recall, even the three movies were played out as one big event.
It looks like Telltale is ALSO going to switch around the characters you play in each game. In this episode you play strictly as Marty but in the next episode it could go either way and maybe play as Doc instead. It would be fun to play as Biff too, but that probably won’t ever happen.
My only real complaint about the game is that it was very glitchy. You have to fiddle around with the graphic options a lot to get it to look perfect, plus I was never able to get full screen to work. My advice is if you have problems with loading, reinstall the game a second time. That seems to fix it.
Watch Out For That Re-Entry
I really enjoyed this game. At first I was worried I was going to be replaying the movie, which would be fun and all but not very challenging or original. Instead it turned out to be a completely different experience.
Once again, this is the first part of a five-part game with each new episode being released per month. Telltale is also selling it a bit differently this time. Rather than having the option to buy each episode individually, you buy the entire game all at once, and each month a new one will unlock that you can play, no extra installation required. Happy time traveling.