My 3 year old son & i are having a blast playing this, but it is definatly kiddie. Im an admited Back to the Future fanboy i love the series. So maybe thats why i enjoy it more than it deserves. The graphics suck, the controls are lousey, & the "story" is pretty lame, but i am enjoying it simply because my son loves sitting on my lap & playing it with me, so if you have little ones & arent looking for a great game its worth a rent.
Most of the other reviews here are negative, and I just don't buy into that. If you look at what this disc is, it does a great job. It's a point and click adventure that was made to be downloadable episodes. Through that medium, it tells a fun and light hearted story in the Back to the Future universe. It's that story that I enjoyed.
Yes, I used a guide to get through point and click stuff, since that isn't my thing. That actually took the game out of this disc, and made this a story. No, the graphics aren't that good, and it could have easily been done on a Wii (where the graphics would have been reasonable). But, the story was fun.
I'm actually surprised that I enjoyed this, but I grabbed the first episode off of the PSN (when it was, and still is, a free download), and it was the story I liked then, though it bored my wife. She's seen all the movies, so you might call her a fan. I've only seen the first movie, and now wish they were all on my existing subscription streaming service.
My suggestion to you is to grab the first episode on the PSN, if it's still free. If you enjoy that, you'll enjoy the rest of the story. If you don't enjoy the download, you haven't lost out on the shipping time. And if you're entertained by the story, but not the game play, grab a guide so you can just enjoy the story play out for you like an entertaining movie.
I don't know what group of people sat down, looked at the gaming market and said, hey.. let's make point and click games for PS3, but I hope it took a lot of convincing.
Anyway, Back to the Future is your average point-n-click adventure series pre-Walking Dead. I say pre-Walking Dead because Walking dead is Telltale's best point-n-click production. That being said, Back to the Future is still a fun ride to anyone that grew up with the movies and an excellent go between if you're taking a break from more serious titles of just looking for a casual game.
Graphically, this game is nothing special and it often lags for a few seconds when you make important decisions.
The story is surprising close to one you might expect from any Back to the Future story and isn't a disappointing tie-in.
Where you may actually lose focus is the gameplay. Despite a decent story filled with arcs and the relatively short campaign (8-12 hours) it all depends on how much point and click you can stand. This is said with special consideration to the "puzzles" you'll be dealing with in the game. Most of you will end up with a guide for the game to coach your journey through.
Last bit, for the trophy hunters out there... easy platinum. Ridiculously easy, but if you're renting it JUST for the platinum than you have some patience friend. I could never play this game if not for my love of Back to the Future.