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GF Rating
5.9

171 ratings

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GF Rating
7

Good

Back to the basics of adventure games

posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Dec 22, 2011

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Member since Jan 2008

8 out of 8 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Back to the Future – a movie that came out in the 1980’s and featured Michael J. Fox as the time travelling McFly. This game takes place a year after that.
Seems Dr. Brown has taken the Delorean time machine for a spin back to 1931, and gotten himself arrested for arson. The Delorean time machine goes back to 1986 (that’s the present in this game). That’s when Marty McFly jumps in and goes back to 1931 to save the doctor.
But one important thing about the movie is that a slight change in the past can have huge repercussion in the present, and it’s no different in this game. Before long, McFly and Brown have accidently created an artificial reality where his town in a police stat where nobody has any rights.
In order to set things right, you solve puzzles by talking to people, gathering up items, using those items, and/or manipulating large objects. But just like many other games in the point and click genre, there are problems.
Some of the puzzles have solutions that don’t make sense, the controls are clunky, and the game runs really rough – to the point that it will infuriate several players.
But the story is really good, and there’s a good hint system that’s almost perfect. Back to the Future, the Game one of the better adventure games that’s available. It’s a sure rent, and at $20, a good buy.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Fun game, Lacks in frame-rate

posted by spidasteve (FORESTVILLE, CA) Jan 10, 2012

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Member since Oct 2005

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This is a fun game, and it would get an 8/10 instead of a 6/10 if it wasnt for the glitchy frame-rate issues. The game is very choppy, and loads very slow. Plus the controls are a little funky to get use to. But im a die-hard Back to the Future fan, so once i got into this game, its pretty cool if you can just ignore the choppiness and get use to the control layout.

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GF Rating
7

Good

Great Scott!

posted by 6amer95 (HOWELL, NJ) Dec 24, 2011

Member since Nov 2010

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

If you're a Back to the Future fan, you’re guaranteed to like this game. Although I was never really into point and click games such as this, I decided to try it because it's Back to the Future. If they ever were to make a Back to the Future game, it would have to be a point and click game like this. Back to the Future just isn't that kind of movie; you can't turn it into a legit action game. That would be like making an action game out of a romantic comedy, you just don't do it. That's where the old Back to the Future games went wrong for the most part. Some of the puzzles are pretty challenging and really get your mind into the game, which in turn aids in engrossing you in the story. The story isn't quite as good as that of the trilogy, but it's more entertaining in the sense that you're in the story. And in a way it serves as the Back to the Future 4 we've all wanted, in a similar way that the 2009 Ghostbusters game serves as a Ghostbusters 3. The story starts off a bit predictable and somewhat of a rehashing of the movies. It goes from stopping Doc from being murdered in 1931, and preventing the Tannens from becoming a powerful mafia family. But then the plot evolves into an alternate 1986 where Doc rules Hill Valley alongside his wife Edna as they try to create a race of "perfect" humans. It also looks a little deeper into the ancestries of the characters. We get to see Marty's grandfather Artie McFly, and his great grandfather Willie McFly (who was in Back to the Future 3 as an infant). We also get to see a teenage Doc and the conflict with his father, which lead to him to becoming scientist. And we also meet Biff's father Kid Tannen, a 1930's gangster. However there is quite an abundance of graphical issues. They're all glitchy and they jump around, the dialogue isn't always in sync, and there are the very rare times where Marty will disappear. That may be different on other versions of the game, but if you're a fan, you should still check these games out.

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