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

by Geoff on December 30, 2010

in Game Review Bits

Back to the Future: The Game - Doc & Marty

Back to The Future: The Game – Episode 1: It’s About Time
Available for: PC, Mac (coming soon to PS3 and iPad)
Game Developer & Publisher: Telltale Games
Release Date: December 22, 2010
Official Website:

4.75 out of 5 stars
4.25 out of 5

Review Summary:

Back to the Future: The Game starts out right where the original movie begins. I won’t be spoiling it, but “It’s About Time” is easily the best looking game that has come out of Telltale Games in a long time. The voice acting is spot on with the films, even though there is a new Marty and Doc Brown sounds a bit older. I had fun in the two hours it takes to finish off the episode; I just wish there were a couple more puzzles. I want more and February 2011 cannot come any sooner.

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

It is not a common theme to have a game developed twenty five years after the intellectual property was introduced. This is the case with Telltale Games’ new episodic adventure game series based on the Back to the Future film franchise. “It’s About Time” is the best looking adventure game that Telltale Games has produced. The voice acting is spot on, even though the story deviates from what you remember from the Back to the Future trilogy of films.

Back to the Future: The Game - Doc & Marty
When I booted up the game, I could already see that this series, like all other Telltale Games, will be released in monthly increments. In this first act you pick up right where the first film started, in the mall parking lot. This environment has been perfectly recreated, with a few of the store names changed up. This is only one of a handful of environments in the film but all of them hold true, almost exactly to the sets and aesthetic of the films. The areas that you explore are not huge, but they are vibrant and colorful; some of the best I have seen from Telltale Games.

The most interesting part of the game, like with most adventure games, is the story itself. With Back to the Future being such a beloved movie franchise, Telltale Games had a tough job in creating a different story, while keeping the feel of the originals. Guess what? There is time traveling, although without spoiling too much, it isn’t too far in the past. Wait, I think I have already said too much. Trust me, it is solid and will entertain you greatly.

Back to the Future: The Game - Doc & Marty

The puzzles in this episode aren’t all that difficult. They also are not as crazy as the puzzles in Telltale Games’ Monkey Island episodes. The inclusion of a great hint system makes the game all that more easy, making some of the tougher puzzles less mind-numbing. I clicked here, I clicked there, used this item with this character; we have all been there. Nothing stands out too much and I wish we could have had a few more puzzles mixed in, because it was all over too quickly.

One of the biggest questions when the game was announced was who would take the role of Marty’s original voice actor, Michael J. Fox. The voice actor that Telltale Games found, AJ LoCascio, was spot on in his portrayal of Marty. The producers were able to get the original Doc Brown, Christopher Lloyd, to lend his voice to the game and he sounds pretty close to the way he did in the films, albeit a bit older sounding. This is easily the best aspect of the first episode and I can’t wait to see how the antics improve in later entries.

Back to the Future: The Game - Doc & Marty

There isn’t much more to say about Back to the Future: The Game – Episode 1: It’s About Time, except that it has an insane, long title. The game is one of the best looking and interesting adventure games to come out of Telltale Games. The franchise has been given to a creative, solid team that has fulfilled on just about every level. This first episode sets up everything well and leaves you wanting more. The next episode can’t come any sooner.


Back to the Future: The Game – Episode 1: It’s About Time trailer from Telltale Games:

Thanks to Telltale Games for making this review possible!

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