Throwback Thursday Review – Back To The Future: Episode 1 – It’s About Time

This is one of those games that I got for $0.99 when PSN was having one of its famous “Flash Sales.” While this wasn’t the Back To The Future game with the platinum trophy, I really didn’t care because I wasn’t getting it for the trophies. Even though I’m not really a fan of the movie, I still wanted to play this game. I wasn’t a fan of The Walking Dead before I started playing the game, so I figured it would be the same with this game. Once I purchased all five episodes for $0.99, I can’t say that enough because I mean how rare is it that you can find that much of a game for that low of a price, I was eager to start playing. Here’s what I thought about episode 1.

The game starts off seven months after the last film. Having to save Doc, Marty travels back to 1931 where Doc is in jail for burning down a speakeasy. In order to save future Doc, Marty has to work with 1931 Doc and help him build his rocket drill. Once all is well and it’s time to go back to the future, which is 1986, Marty starts to disappear. Uh-oh.

For some reason I really couldn’t get into this episode. I think it’s really because I’m not a fan of the movie series. I just thought the whole thing was really corny and it made me roll my eyes throughout half of the episode. That’s not saying that the episode wasn’t any good though. It was the basic Telltale adventure story driven game that takes you from point A to point B. The first episode was pretty lengthy and at times I did think that the story dragged and it took a hell of a long time to get to the actual point of the episode.

Like with any Telltale game, the playability is super simple and it’s your basic point and click game. There’s really nothing crazy that you have to do in order to play the game. There were however the same problems that come with any Telltale game that include loading times and lagging. If you think about it, it’s kinda messed up that this game came out in 2011 and suffered these problems and here in 2015 Telltale games still suffer the same problems.

The one thing that I really liked about this game was the graphics. I thought that it was a good representation of Back to the Future and it was done in good taste. Marty looks like Marty and Doc looks like Doc. I had no problem the graphics were cartoon like and thought that it was a good way to go for the game series.

Kudos: Good on Telltale for getting Christopher Loyd to reprise his role as Doc. Hearing his familiar voice within the game made it really feel like another addition into the Back to the Future franchise. Even though Michael J. Fox couldn’t be in this episode to reprise his role as Marty, Telltale did a really good job on finding someone who sounded just spot on.

This episode has 12 trophies. While this seems like the typical Telltale list of trophies, it’s not. This is one of the things that I’m glad Telltale has improved on because some of these trophies require you to do certain things at certain times that maybe you didn’t want to do. If you don’t do them the first time you’ll have to go back and play the whole game over again in order to get the trophies, and you’ll have to start from the beginning of the game since there is no chapter select. Not fun. Just because this can be a total pain in the ass, I’m going to suggest using a walkthrough the for the entire episode so that it ensures you get all the trophies the first time around, unless of course you want to go back and replay the entire episode to get all of the trophies.

Let’s remember that this is a Telltale game so there is no multiplayer.

Overall I give this episode a 3 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Interesting story that stays in track with the whole Back to the Future concept.
+ Nice graphics that went well with the game.
+ The voice acting really makes the game and makes it really feel like another addition to Back to the Future franchise.

What’s Not So Great:
Story is a little long and at times drags.
Even in 2011, Telltale had the same loading and lag problems.
If you want all of the trophies be prepared to play a certain way and not have the same freedom that you have today with newer Telltale games.

I would say that in order to really enjoy this game you have to be a Back to the Future fan. If not, then the game isn’t going to be as enjoyable as it should be. Overall it was a strong addition to the Telltale game collection, but it is no where near what The Walking Dead is.

After this episode, you would think that next week’s Throwback Thursday would be episode two, but surprise it’s not. Although I was eager to get this series over with since I wasn’t really into it, I decided to take a little break and start World Gone Sour. World Gone Sour was another little gem of a game that I picked up during the same $0.99 flash sale. I’ll let you know if it was worth it next week.


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