You're late! Do you have no concept of time?
Twenty years! Twenty years we'd waited to find out what happened to Marty after events in final instalment of the Back to the Future Trilogy.
And then, finally, Tell Tale stepped into the breach to satisfy our craving with their 5 part episodic adventure, Back to the Future: The Game.
But was it worth the wait or should the franchise have remained a fond memory, unsullied by this digital resurrection?I saw it on a re-run
When you fire up episode one, the aptly titled "It's About Time" , You'll find yourself (Marty) standing in the familiar Twin Pines Mall Parking Lot with Doc and Einstein.
The Delorean is hooked up to a remote control, It's nearly 1:21 AM, October 26th 1985 and Einstein is about to become the worlds first time traveller.
The recreation of this scene from the first movie does an excellent job of sucking your right into the Back to the Future universe. You'll find yourself quoting the lines from the movie, comfortable that you've been here before and you know what is coming next...Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a Delorean?
It's here that the story throws its first curveball.
Things don't pan out the way you expected, and its at this point that you know it's not just the nostalgia that's keeping that big grin on your face. This isn't just a trip down memory lane, This is Back to the future 4!
Whatever you've got to tell me, I'll find out through the natural course of time.
The "Present Day" Time line in the game takes place in 1986, a few months after the end of the final movie in the trilogy, although it won't be long before the game has you heading back in time to help Doc out.
Let me say now that, for the most part, the story in this game is excellent. It may get a little silly towards the end, but then you'll be so invested that it just won't matter!
In the spirit of avoiding spoilers, I'm not going to cover any of the story in this review, but I will say that if you enjoyed the movies, you will enjoy the twisted, rollercoaster of a narrative that awaits you here. I didn't have time to build it to scale or paint it.
So we know we know there's a cracking story waiting for you here, but how does it look?
It looks just fine.
Released at the end of 2010, the graphics show their age a little, but they're perfectly serviceable.
The characters we know and love are all instantly recognisable and their facial expressions are spot on. As I said, it looks just fine. Ronald Reagan? The actor?
The voice acting here is of the highest quality.
Christopher Lloyd reprises his role as Dr Emmett Brown and whilst Michael J Fox doesn't provide the voice for Marty McFly in the game, A.J. Locascio, the actor who fills his vocal shoes, does an outstanding job of sounding every bit the Marty McFly we know from the movies.
The superb Michael J Fox, does make a cameo appearance later in the game, providing voices for past and future McFlys.
The musical score is also true to the movies, I defy any Back to The future fan not to be swept up in the atmosphere of the game when the theme start playing.Maybe you were adopted.
So this is a Tell Tale game, should we expect a quick time event extravaganza like the disappointing Jurassic ?
Thankfully No. Back to the future s game play is a pleasing mix of puzzles , searching for items and picking your way through the snappily written and often funny dialogue options.If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything
The writing is witty, the atmosphere is spot on and the continuation of the story is worth the price tag alone.
If you're a fan of the franchise, then you owe it to yourself to play this game.
If you haven't seen the movies (shame on you) then you should go and watch them first, go on... "make like a tree and get out of here!"
Whilst some chapters play out better than others and the ending is a little "silly" I still have no hesitation in recommending Back To The Future: The Game.
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