BootHammer Video Game Reviews is excited to release our review for Back to the Future: The Game. It is an action adventure (“point and click”) video game based on the Back to the Future film franchise and is developed by Telltale Games. Bob Gale, co-creator, co-writer and co-producer of the film trilogy, assisted Telltale in writing the game’s story, while both the original actors Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd have allowed the developers to use their likenesses in the game for the lead characters Marty McFly and Doc Brown. In light of this, fans of the movies will absolutely love what Telltale games have done with this release.
Your adventure starts on October 26, 1985, Dr. Emmett Brown and his teenage friend, Marty McFly, are testing out Doc’s DeLorean in the Lone Pine Mall parking lot. After they put Doc’s dog Einstein in it and making it run to 88 miles per hour, the car disappears. Doc explains that the DeLorean is actually a time machine, and that he has sent Einstein to the future. However, the car does not come back, and furthermore, Doc begins to disappear because of a horrible mistake.
Marty wakes up in his bed and finds that it was just a dream, revealing that it is now May 14, 1986. Marty is reminded by his mom to go to Doc’s house where things are being sold off by the bank, Doc having disappeared in the months since. The first objective you are given is to retrieve Doc’s notebook that contains crucial information that might help Marty in finding out exactly what happened.
After finally recovering Doc’s notebook from Biff, Marty walks outside and is surprised and delighted by the sudden appearance of the DeLorean time machine. Unfortunately the only occupant is Doc’s dog, Einstein. A pre-recorded message from Doc explains that he had programmed the car to return to the present should he become stuck in the past. Marty follows a clue in the car to the home of bitter, elderly Edna Strickland, a former reporter in Hill Valley. From her newspaper collection, Marty finds Doc (while the player choose the name, Carl Sagan, Michael Corleon or Henry Callahagn) was going to be killed in 1931 by the mobster Kid Tannen, Biff’s father, for burning down his speakeasy. Marty and Einstein are then off to use the DeLorean to travel to 1931 to rescue Doc and prevent this tragedy from occurring.
The world that has been created for this game will truly hit home with fans of Back to the Future. Everything from the exceptional voice work, humorous dialog and attention to detail throughout the game pays great tribute to the beloved franchise. Telltale games have certainly delivered a solid “point and click” action adventure that combines a rich story, a nostalgic soundtrack and memorable characters along with puzzles and humorous scenes throughout your venture to keep the experience truly unique and enjoyable.
With the majority of movie inspired games being lackluster at best, Back to the Future: The Game defies the odds and presents gamers with one of the best “point and click” experiences to date. Fire up that flux capacitor and get your time travel on with this excellent adventure.
Review Rating: 9/10