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The technical difficulties that plagued the last two games are also found in Episode 3. For first generation iPad owners this means constant stuttering of action and even occasional freezes. Ipad 2 owners will hardly notice the odd glitch though, but it's still a shame that Telltale can't iron out the issues with the older hardware. These aside, the game is just as easy to play with intuitive inventory items and a good system for spotting helpful items. The movement still involves a virtual stick rather than the more logical point and click method, but it's workable. But as a self confessed Back To The Future fan, this episode has been a great ride through some slightly unfamiliar territory. The ending might leave you wanting Episode 4 in a hurry, however. As usual, it's a must for ipad owning fans of the movies.
In the end, the leap forward in the story helps a lot to counter any disappointment with the gameplay, though the latter won’t change the minds of anyone let down by it in the series so far. For me, the welcome plot developments were enough to still feel satisfied with the episode, and the cliffhanger ending left me ticking off the weeks until the release of Episode 4, Double Vision. If you're a puzzle-focused adventurer, however, feel free to dock an extra star from this review—there just isn't much of that here for you. But for anyone looking to experience a darkly original take on the Back to the Future world that is funny, exciting, and a little disturbing, there's a lot to love about Citizen Brown, so strap in and fire up the time circuits.
Back to the Future Episode 3 isn’t the strongest episode thus far with seemingly all the focus placed on plot progression rather than offering clever puzzles. It’ll still keep players interested though and has certainly piqued my interest ready to try Episode 4.