Back to the Future - The game

Published February 22, 2011

I remember watching some Back to the Future extra features where a guy was going around the set finding answers to viewer questions. The final question was from a little kid who went: “Is there ever going to be a Back to the Future 4?” And the guy said no, but Back to the Future would live on in the ride at Universal studios.

I was always very disappointed at that answer.

It’s not that I want another sequel, really, it’s just that the Back to the Future world is such a fantastic one to lose yourself in.

How excellent, then, to find the Telltale Games Back to the Future five-episode spectacular has begun. Episode 1 was just released on the iPad.

Back to the Future Game

I’ve played around with it for a bit, and I was super-duper impressed with what I saw. Although, I didn’t get off to a good start because the game takes up quite a lot of iPad power, and I had to restart the device to get it to work properly.

Once it was loaded, the game began, and it looks incredible. There are a lot of video elements to it, they’ve recreated the scene in Twin Pines Mall, where the Doc first shows Marty the DeLorean. It’s done really well, with Christopher Lloyd returning to voice the Doc. You can tell he’s getting on a bit, but it’s still quite exciting to hear his voice. Marty is done by a new actor, but is still pretty good. When I say there are a lot of video elements, I mean a lot. At least 60% of the game is taken up by watching what is unfolding before you, so perhaps it is less of a game and more of an interactive movie hybrid thing.

That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. I wasn’t so bothered about the gameplay anyway. It’s sort of a “wander around and investigate things and we’ll guide you most of the way” and I can’t play it for any length of time. I do like to dip in and out though, and see where the story goes. It’s an interesting premise they’ve gone for, and I’m happy to have the Hill Valley environment at my fingertips.

I don’t know if I’ll be in any rush to get all five episodes, but I’m not at all offended by what they’ve done, and that is the main thing.

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