Last time I discussed the Back to the Future game, I was only mildly impressed and mostly happy that they hadn’t ruined everything.
I wrote that first post after playing the game for about twenty minutes, and I may have judged it a bit harshly. After the post went up, I picked up the game again and played it right through to the end. I loved it! I couldn’t wait for the second episode to appear.
Two months on and hey presto, Episode 2 is available in the App store now. This time, I opened up the game and I basically spent an entire afternoon working my way through it in one sitting. I love it so much!
The story picks up from last time, with Doc and Marty thought they had solved everything but found themselves returning to a vastly different present to the one they had left. That has echoes of the second film of the trilogy but that’s where the similarities end.
Marty has to go back to the 1930s and fix what he has broken, trying not to mess anything else up along the way.
As I mentioned in the previous post, the game is heavy on animated content, so it is more like watching a movie that you occasionally have to interact with. The gameplay itself involves making your way to the right place at the right time, picking up objects, talking to people, and generally moving the story in the right direction.
I must admit that sometimes I had a quick peek at the TellTale walkthrough but that’s more because I was enjoying the story so much that I didn’t want to get stuck for hours on end. Usually it’s obvious what you have to do but not always obvious what you have to do to get there.
Anyway, I loved it, I recommend it. It’s intensive on the iPad – usually requiring a restart before you get playing – but it’s worth every second. They’ve got the time travel stuff spot on – Marty trying to avoid Marty in this episode was brilliant. Seeing the characters as you’ve never seen them before – young George and even younger Emmett – is great.
I think I enjoyed this one better than the first and that just makes me even keener on getting Episode 3.