‘Back to the Future’ quick, colorfulWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“Back to the Future: The Game: Episode 1 — It’s About Time” (Telltale Games)
Marty, Doc Brown and the DeLorean time machine/car return for a fun-filled ride through time with strong voice acting and an engaging storyline worthy of the popular film series. Christopher Lloyd does Doc’s voice acting while the remaining voice cast does a great job, so players will not miss the original voices too much. AJ Locascio matches Michael J. Fox’s voice surprisingly closely as Marty. This single-player story starts in 1986 shortly before the “Back to the Future III” film with the time-travel storyline set in 1935. Fans will enjoy new elements like some special logistics relating to the DeLorean while new fans can enjoy the quick humor and colorful characters such as Edna, Biff and Marty’s father.
The choose-your-own-adventure style format, role-playing elements and challenging puzzles provide great appeal. Players can get creative with their dialogue responses and story choices because the end result usually leads them to the right path. Kid Tannen is the antagonist among a familiar cast and nostalgic story elements. Hopefully, game developers include a controllable camera and better movement controls for the next installment, “Back to the Future: The Game: Episode 2 — Get Tannen,” which releases on the PlayStation Network on March 29. (***1/2, rated T for alcohol reference, language, and mild violence, also available on iPad, Mac and PC).