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Review – Back to the Future: The Game Episode 1 – It’s About Time

 

Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Platform(s):PC, Mac (iPad and Playstation 3 coming early 2011)
Genre: Point and Click Adventure, Episodic
Rating: Unrated
ESRB Content Descriptors: Unrated, but contains mild language

***REVIEW WAS DONE WITH THE PC VERSION***

The Scoop: Over twenty years after the previous installment of the landmark film series Telltale Games brings about a new chapter in the Back to the Future franchise, this time in the form of an episodic adventure game series.

The Setup: A year has passed since Doc Brown disappeared into time with his wife and kids and Marty is wondering if he’s ever going to see his friend again. While Marty is at the sale of Doc’s estate, hoping to prevent anything dangerous from ending up in the wrong hands (Biff’s hands more specifically), he hears a noise out back and finds that the DeLorean has returned from the dead and appeared in Doc’s yard. A tape inside the DeLorean says that Doc may be in trouble and trapped in time, so Marty much trace Doc back to the 1930s and prevent him from being gunned down by prohibition era gangsters.

What’s Hot: First and foremost is the revitalization of the Back to the Future franchise, I am a HUGE fan of the series and, much like Ghostbusters a few years ago, I was ecstatic to be able to see a continuation to the storyline. Even though Ghostbusters managed to get together most of the original cast the story felt secondhand and unconvincing, even with top notch dialogue. This is not the case with Back to the Future: The Game, the story seems very much like what an official sequel to the movie would be. It features all new characters (more specifically new incarnations of the same characters, a staple of the series) in an all new era of Hill Valley, and the writers were smart when they placed in their references to the original series, making them not too subtle and not too forced. With the exception of George McFly the voice acting is extremely good. Christopher Lloyd returns as Emmett Brown so you can imagine he does a good impersonation of himself. The guy who does the voice of Marty really nails the 80’s Micheal J Fox, often seeming nearly indistinguishable, it’s a huge improvement over the casting from the early 90’s cartoon series.

Great Scott!

Talking about controls in a point and click adventure is usually rather pointless, but BttF handles it above others (though I have yet to play the 3rd season of Sam & Max). You move around Marty with the keyboard and click on objects with the mouse, which makes the gameplay move more fluidly than the usual adventure game.

Some of the puzzles are challenging, but they are never impossible to figure out. Usually in this genre there will be a solution that you would only ever figure out through trial and error, but I figured all but one of these out without using the hints option (and the one I did use I only didn’t figure out because an event I needed to see first didn’t happen yet).

What’s Not: The graphics aren’t terrible for lower end machines or for a PSN title, but if you’re running a high end PC you are probably used to better graphics and animations. I am not going to fault a game, especially an adventure title, for bad graphics when it is otherwise awesome, but I have played one-man-show indie titles with better graphics.

I know this is only the first episode of five, but the game is very short. Counting all dialogue I would say I completed this episode in about two hours, and at least 30 minutes of that was trying to get past one part (obtaining alchohol from the bootleggers). My brother, who also purchased the game, beat the episode in one sitting which is unusual for him. Don’t expect to get much time out of the series until more episodes are released.

Final Verdict: It’s just a short taste with greater things to come, but if you are a fan of the Back to the Future film series you owe it to yourself to grab the whole season. But since it’s an adventure game there isn’t much substance in the gameplay department, so non-fans need not apply, there is nothing here for you.

 

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