Back to the Future: The Game - PS3

Back to the Future: The Game
  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Genre:Adventure
  • Developer: Telltale Games
  • Release Date:Feb 15, 2011
  • # of Players:1 player
  • ESRB:T - Teen (Drug and Alcohol Reference, Language, Mild Blood, Mild Violence, Sexual Themes)
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Game Description: Picking up shortly after the events of the third Back to the Future film, Marty and Doc embark on a completely new cinematic time-travel adventure. The story unfolds across five exciting episodes, with a new installment releasing each month.
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Back to the Future Preview: From 1986 to 1930

Back to the Future Preview: From 1986 to 1930

By Christopher Monfette - Posted Dec 16, 2010

When the project was first announced earlier this year, the idea of a Back to the Future adventure game – involving the voice of Christopher Lloyd and an uncanny imitation of Michael J. Fox – seemed like a brilliant idea, capable of summoning the kind of comedic, time-travel puzzle-solving unseen since the era of Day of the Tentacle. As far as demos go, however, we didn’t see much of the actual game when the Telltale folks stopped by the office recently, but what we did see only seemed fitting to the world established in the popular films.

The opening of the first chapter in this multi-episode game – released and distributed in the vein of Telltale’s episodic Monkey Island series – begins with a riff on the opening of the first film. Events play out slightly differently than fans will remember, explained away in due course by the narrative that begins to unfold. When Doc Brown vanishes and the Delorean suddenly materializes – programmed to return to Marty in the event of a time-traveling mishap – Marty must head back to 1930’s, prohibition-era to retrieve his mentor.

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In the small slice of the first chapter shown to us, Marty must wander into the Hill Valley Soup Kitchen – located just across the street from the iconic clock tower and the old-timey movie theater – in order to make a phone call to the Brown residence. Our 1985 Doc, you see, has gotten himself thrown in jail and Marty needs the help of young, 1930’s Doc Brown to get him out. While in the kitchen discovering young Brown’s whereabouts, Marty runs into his cowardly grandfather and some bully Mafioso lead by Biff’s distant relatives. It’s a device that worked well enough in the three films, but seems rather tired and obvious in retrospect. But then again, perhaps it wouldn’t be a Back to the Future story without devolving into a family affair…

Thankfully, young Doc is working in the courthouse across the street, but when Marty confronts him, the boy’s interest in science has unfortunately stalled out. Instead, he’s clerking for his father, the Judge, and has no time to follow his passion. As you can imagine, Marty must convince him to join his cause.

Sadly, that’s all we were able to see of the game, and that short snippet didn’t even include a single piece of puzzle-solving. Your inventory is managed by clicking on one of three magnifying glasses in the top-right of the screen – one of which opens up your options menu while the other recaps the story thus far. Your items will pop up in a linear arrangement, and after you’ve selected the appropriate tool, it’ll key up on the screen for you to select at any time. And since clicking is fairly context sensitive – you don’t have to scroll through a list of commands – navigating the world is a pretty simple affair.

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That said, we’re still not certain how complex the puzzles will be, or whether you’ll be tasked with traveling freely back and forth in time to affect certain objects and areas in other time periods, or whether your travel will be strictly scripted. We do know that you’ll travel from 1986 to 1930 and a few other times in-between, including an alternate 1986. That said, even the folks at Telltale couldn’t readily explain how the Delorean – destroyed at the end of the third film – is present in this title which takes place a year after the conclusion of the trilogy.

We’ll be interested to get our hands on the first chapter and dig into some of the puzzles to determine where and how the game fits into the series’ overall continuity. Thankfully, we won’t have to travel too far into the future as the game releases in late December.

Comments are Closed

  • ian_stein

    Roads...Where we're going we don't nee roads.

    Posted: January 22, 2011 11:47 AM
  • Jhonax

    what the hell is a jiggawatt ?!?

    Posted: December 29, 2010 6:48 PM
  • swantar66

    this is gonna be an epic game ilove the movies but i never thought they would make a game of it all i want to know is will we get to use the hoverboard

    Posted: December 21, 2010 8:23 PM
  • jn7996

    will it be available for the XBOX 360?

    Posted: December 20, 2010 1:53 PM
  • JRX75

    That sucks I have a XBOX 360 and its for the PS3

    Posted: December 19, 2010 9:20 AM
  • VermillionGFX

    I didn't expect anyone to make a game off of this movie. Might be interesting.

    Posted: December 19, 2010 6:50 AM
  • Boba-the-Jedi-Hunter


    Posted: December 18, 2010 10:21 PM
  • ScaryCl0wn

    Nobody, calls me CHICKEN!!!!

    Posted: December 18, 2010 9:53 PM
  • FaroDemon

    WTF!!! They should have made it a multiplatform game they could have made so much money!!!

    Posted: December 18, 2010 12:53 PM
  • CujoSWAoA

    The Dalorian was destroyed in part 3. So I'm guessing Doc went back and got the version of it that couldn't fly and sent that to 1985 for Marty.

    Posted: December 18, 2010 12:27 PM
  • ShinsenMX5

    "Nobody calls me chicken!"

    Posted: December 17, 2010 4:16 PM
  • lowkevmic

    All I want to know is, will we be able to use the hoverboard??!!

    Posted: December 17, 2010 3:20 PM
  • ekg4

    I just hope the game doesn't ruin a great classic, which judging by this preview, it will

    here's hoping for an epic game for an epic series

    Posted: December 17, 2010 8:53 AM
  • TreyFischer

    I hope we get some back story to "Uncle Jailbird Joey " :) , maybe in the next episode!

    Posted: December 17, 2010 8:08 AM
  • P1rate

    What's the matter?.....Chicken?!

    Posted: December 17, 2010 6:03 AM
  • obriens0n

    this is heavy doc

    Posted: December 17, 2010 6:01 AM
  • Smasher122

    I love Back to the Future! Can't wait to see how this turns out!

    Posted: December 17, 2010 5:57 AM
  • dino2100

    man I gotta get back in time.

    Posted: December 17, 2010 2:39 AM
  • johnnyjovany


    Posted: December 17, 2010 2:23 AM
  • smashayre

    Wasn't the last time-travel machine Doc made (and for that matter used) a time-traveling locomotive? That ran on specialized logs. Will we be able to use Marty's hoverboard or did he lose that in the last movie (its been a while since I've seen part 3)

    Posted: December 17, 2010 1:22 AM