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Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 1: It's About Time (Windows)

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Overall MobyScore (11 votes) 4.3


The Press Says

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Game Revolution
This is definitely a Telltale game, the look and feel, along with the animations and top-notch dialogue writing. They nailed the crazy tone of Back to the Future, from the absurd storyline to the pacing. It seems that the decades have only passed for the fans, but not for Back to the Future. It's been years since any decent development with the franchise was made (cartoon not considered, yuck!). It's About Time sure lives up to its name. It's about freaking time we got to see a decent attempt at a game based on Back to the Future. If this is any indication of how old and beloved movie franchises can become episodic adventure games, let Telltale have at it with a few others. Like previous Telltale season games, the only way to get Back to the Future The Game is to buy a season pass, but if this first episode is any indication, that's a sound investment.
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1UP
Back to the Future is a promising start for the five-part series and a treat for fans. While adventure aficionados might hope for harder puzzles and larger spaces to explore, casual players and first-time adventure gamers should have fun reconnecting with familiar characters. Most of all, Telltale deserves credit for showing how its polished storytelling can make this episodic series live up to its namesake.
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Game Chronicles
For fans of the films, you can hardly go wrong with It’s About Time. Adventure game fans might have a harder time justifying it, since while the puzzles are excellent, they go by a little fast, and can be a bit too easy for the seasoned veterans out there. Still, as a first step in their ongoing series, It’s About Time shows a lot of promise, and hopefully points at even greater things to come in the future of the episodic series.
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Atomic Gamer
For fans of the hit movie trilogy, Back to the Future: It's About Time is exactly what we were hoping for. As an interactive interpretation of the franchise, it hits all the right notes, being funny, irreverent and extremely entertaining. Add to that the great art, spectacular voice acting and the benefit of becoming a participant in the action (rather than a passive spectator) and you have the formula for an unforgettable adventure game series. The only bad thing I can say about It's About Time is now that once you've played it, you'll have to wait till February for the release of the next episode if you want to find out what happens next.
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GamePro (US)
As the first of five parts of a $25 package, it's hard to complain about the small scale of Back to the Future: It's About Time given the amazing job that Telltale has done replicating the audio and visual elements of the trilogy while telling a good story (which has the potential to get even better). Right now I think Telltale's created a very good game, and I have a feeling it's going to have an even greater future.
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Game industry News (GiN)
The game is tremendous fun, and the attention to details by the developers is just astounding, I love the little touches you find though the game. If you had not guessed, I’m being deliberately vague here. The game won’t be overly challenging for most gamers, but is priced to tempt gamer and non-gamer fans of the series alike. I can’t wait for Episode 2.
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ZTGameDomain
All in all, Back to the Future: The Game is a great little sequel to an amazing franchise. Fans of the series need to pick this up, no question. Fans of point and click adventures should really looking into it as well. I’m not a big fan of the point and click genre, but even I had a really good time watching the adventures of Marty and Doc unfold. There’s so much nostalgia coming from this game that a dad who grew up with the series would enjoy watching or playing the game with their child. It’s an easy pick up and play game with some amazing presentation that will keep you entertained throughout.
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Destructoid
The success of the series as a whole can still be very much in doubt. Writing a good story is hard enough, but writing a good time-travel story (judging by the percentages) seems nearly impossible. And then taking that story and coupling it with inventive puzzles? It's a tall order, indeed. Telltale is off to a good start in this first episode. and if they can remain consistent with the quality without giving the feeling that they've simply produced the same small game five times, I feel comfortable suggesting that Back to the Future could be their very best effort yet.
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Game Vortex
As a foundation for future Back to the Future: The Game episodes, it works well to get you back into the feel and rules of the movies. If you have even the slightest interest in the movies or this new series, then you will need to play through this installment in order to be prepped for the next episode, Get Tannen!.
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gamrReview
Where all have failed in the past, TellTale games delivers a worthy continuation of the Back to the Future series, setting itself up for a world of success with the next four episodes. Though a couple of hours might seem like a turnoff at an asking price of $10, it's a pretty decent length for an episodic game, and if each episode follows suit, then the entire series will be a respectable 10-15 hours. So grab your orange bubble vest, pop on some Huey Lewis and the News, and punch that baby to 88 MPH, 'cause you're in for one hell of an adventure game
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AusGamers
In truth, I wasn’t expecting much from this title as the history of both BTTF video games and licensed titles in general has been less than stellar. But Telltale have grasped the license with both hands and finally done it justice. The cliff-hanger at the end of the episode has me secretly hating episodic content, but if it gives TT more time to refine some of the puzzle content and PC navigation controls, I’m more than happy to wait. If you’re a BTTF fan, get this game now; right now.
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GameZone
All in all, this first episode of Back to the Future: The Game bodes well for the following episodes. With a funny and engrossing story, and outstanding voice work, this is one game any fan of the franchise would do well to play. Yeah, some of the characters are a little out of place (here’s looking at you, Edna), and the puzzles don’t quite strike the balance between brain-teasing and being just plain easy. Everything comes together in the end to create a feel good cinematic experience that any fan of Back to the Future will want to check out, and everyone else would do well to check it out.
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IGN UK
Back to the Future is a welcome surprise – it's a movie-inspired game that doesn't suck. Instead, it pushes the characters in interesting directions and whips up a good story. This is the first of five episodes, but when I was done, I felt both satisfied with my efforts and interested in what was to come next. The game's funny and clever if not a bit simple, but it's an enjoyable ride fans shouldn't miss.
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GameBoomers
Much of what happened in BTTF: It's About Time is a set-up for the following episodes. Everything in this episode is polished and entertaining, though the total experience is a bit briefer than I expected. February 2011 can't come too soon.
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GameCola.net
I feel a bit weird reviewing the game right now, for the same reason I don’t rush out of a theatre to call my friends about my impressions of a film twenty minutes into it. I mean, I’m anxiously awaiting the next episode and will most likely play it as soon as it comes out, so that is usually a good sign, as I’m not one to wait around the mailbox and wait anxiously for the mail if I know it is only going to contain bills and a notice for jury duty. That not might sound like a ringing endorsement, but Back to the Future: We Get Paid By The Semicolon is about as good as you can expect the first fifth of any adventure game to be.
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GameZebo
If you remember your hoverboards, manure trucks and flux capacitors, then Back to the Future: Episode 1 is going to be a great romp that you can’t believe actually happened. It’s a slower start for Telltale, but the plot has a lot of twists and turns left in it, and they are the studio to pull it off.
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Game Informer Magazine
Despite its clunky interface and short length, Telltale’s first episode of Back to the Future: The Game provides a steady stream of delights thanks to its charming story and eccentric cast. Fans will dig the opportunity to learn about Doc Brown’s past, adventure fans will discover a puzzle or two worth chewing on, and the ending will have almost anyone who played it eager to download Episode 2. This movie game may be decades late, but it helps prove that Back to the Future may never go out of style.
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Adventure Gamers
I never thought that I would get to play a legitimate Back to the Future game, let alone one that did justice to the charm and fun of the films. There are so many ways that this project could have gone wrong, but thankfully none of them came to pass. Like Telltale's other episodic games, the ending does seem to come too fast, as the game can be completed in about three hours. Yet the fact that I finished the game starved for more should be taken as a testament to the quality of the narrative rather than a criticism of the game's length. It’s certainly light in the gameplay department, but this is just the first episode, so there’s still time to ramp up the challenge in the four episodes to come. Overall, It's About Time is an excellent start to the series, and I can't wait to see where Telltale takes Marty and Doc next.
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Gamers Daily News
The flaws don’t outweigh the things this first episode gets right. It feels like a proper Back to the Future story, such that existing fans will enjoy the nods to the original films while also looking forward to this new chapter in the story. Like most first episodes in a Telltale adventure series, "It’s About Time" gives up some of its immediate momentum in order to set up the details and major plot points that future episodes will build on. So while it might not be the best episode they’ve done, it’s still very good and worth playing just to see how this story will grow.
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Video Game Talk
The most glaring fault of the game is that it’s basically impossible to get stuck and fail a level. The hints system makes it even worse and it feels more like you're watching a group of stitched together cinematics rather than participating in the story. This is also one of the shortest episodic games that I’ve played this year clocking in at a smidgeon under 2h. However, Telltale does a superb job of nailing what makes the Back to the Future movies so rewatchable. The story driven presentation fits within Marty & Doc’s universe absolutely perfectly and the dedication to finding such an incredible voice replacement for Michael J. Fox is fantastic. If you have any love for the Back to the Future series or simply are looking to digest TellTale’s latest click-happy adventure, you really can’t go wrong with Episode 1: It’s About Time. Just don’t expect to be racing around on hoverboards escaping a Tannen or actually being able to drive that Delorean in a first person view up to 88 mph.
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Game Over Online
Overall, I found the first episode of Back to the Future: The Game to be fun -- not amazing or anything, but fun. The game didn't crash on me once, the story is enjoyable, and the voice acting is excellent, but the graphics aren't anything special, and the puzzles aren't much of a challenge. I spent somewhere around 3-4 hours playing the episode, giving the entire series an estimated playing time of 15-20 hours, and that seems more than acceptable for a $25 adventure. So if you like amusing adventures, or if you're feeling nostalgic for the 1980s (or perhaps the 1930s), then Back to the Future: The Game should be a good choice for you.
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Cheat Code Central
Back to the Future: The Game is bound to create a divided response from gamers and critics. Telltale Games' legions of fans have every reason to fall in love with it, because it's a cross between the developer's trademark point-and-click gameplay and the excellent story of the Back to the Future series. Back to the Future regulars, however, may find themselves more bored than entertained when it comes to the puzzles.
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Hooked Gamers
The game is ultimately also a bit short. You may expect that, it being just an episode, but even with the straightforward puzzles it is still noticeably briefer than the usual Telltale episodes. This isn’t necessarily a problem as the story remains interesting all the way through, and just when you expect it to end it obviously doesn’t. Just from the first episode it is obvious Telltale have succeeded in something even the film’s creators didn’t dare to try: follow-up Back to the Future. While the puzzles may be simple and a few technical hitches pop up, the story itself holds your attention. It will be a long wait until February. Unless I could just borrow that car for a second...
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Game Captain
Back to the Future ist ein ziemlich einsteigerfreundliches Adventure für Fans der Filmreihe. Kaum anspruchsvolle Rätsel und eine umständliche Steuerung, die schon in den letzten Telltale Spielen für wenig Begeisterung sorgte, sind für erfahrene Abenteurer allerdings ein deutliches Minus. Auf der Habenseite kann man auf jeden Fall die liebevolle Adaption der Filmwelt verbuchen, auch wenn die Cartoonoptik sicherlich Geschmackssache ist. Die Story macht jedenfalls Lust auf mehr, zumal die erste Episode vom Umfang ziemlich gering ausfällt. Alles in allem ein nettes Spiel mit guten Ansätzen, aber für einen echten Blockbuster reicht es leider doch nicht. Bleibt zu hoffen, dass die kommenden Episoden mehr Futter bieten.
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Gamona
Es gibt zwei Möglichkeiten über die erste Episode von Zurück in die Zukunft zu urteilen. Zum Einen treibt es mir als Fan der Filme das Wasser in die Augen: Endlich sind Marty und Doc wieder auf dem Weg durch die Zeit. Dazu noch eine durchaus gelungene Story, herrliche Charaktere, toller Humor und zahlreiche Anspielungen auf die Filme. Als Sahnehäubchen die unverbesserliche Alan-Silvestri-Musik und Christopher Lloyd (!) als Synchronsprecher. Für Fans der Serie geht hier ein Traum in Erfüllung. Als Adventure-Liebhaber treibt es mir aber ebenso das Wasser in die Augen – im negativen Sinne. Grob gesagt: Wo ist die Herausforderung? Es gibt keine! Die Episode spielt sich wie ein Film, nämlich von selbst. Dazu noch eine schlechte Steuerung und einige technische Fauxpas. Das trübt das Gesamtbild gewaltig.
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GameStar (Germany)
Ich habe die Filmtrilogie erst vor kurzem anlässlich des 25jährigen Jubiläums wieder gesehen. Die Filme sind nach wie vor Meisterwerke, von daher war ich äußerst skeptisch, was Telltales Adventure betrifft. Allerdings hat es mich positiv überrascht. Wäre das Spiel ein beliebiges anderes Adventure ohne diese starke Story, wäre das Ergebnis wohl schwächer ausgefallen. Denn Schwierigkeitsgrad, Umfang, kleine Übersetzungsfehler und der Lapsus mit den Perspektivwechseln und der Steuerung (das hatten sie bei Sam & Max doch im Griff!) rütteln am Gesamtbild. Durch die starke Atmosphäre der Filme, die perfekt auf das Spiel übertragen wurde, gewinnt die Episode aber enorm. Die alten Charaktere sind klasse getroffen, während neue sich gut in die Geschichte einfügen. Über Telltales Episodenformat kann man sich streiten, aber für mich persönlich ist klar: Ich will die nächste Episode!
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PC Games (Germany)
Mit den Telltale-Adventures verbinde ich zwar nur gemischte Gefühle, aber die Zurück in die Zukunft-Filme mag ich dafür umso mehr. Vor allem deshalb ist diese Episode keine Enttäuschung für mich. Telltales Liebe zur Filmvorlage ist einfach spürbar und die Geschichte legt einen rasanten, unterhaltsamen Start hin. Wer mit den Filmen so gar nichts anfangen kann, lässt besser die Finger vom Spiel. Alle anderen dürfen sich aber auf Ende Februar freuen, denn dann soll die zweite Episode Get Tannen erscheinen. Hoffentlich baut Telltale da mal ein paar gute Rätsel ein!
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GameSpot
Despite lacking some of the complexity and puzzle depth of Telltale's other work, Back to the Future's premiere episode still holds you pretty tightly in its grip for the few short hours it takes to plow through it. It's a brief trek that packs plenty of plot and personality to balance out its other shortcomings. Considering the strength of the story and the fact that the plot thread runs throughout the whole series, you're sure to be left feeling anxious to see what comes next. This series holds a lot of promise, and the taste in episode one definitely provides a strong foundation for Telltale to continue building on in upcoming episodes. The future looks bright indeed.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
It's About Time scheurt niet met vlammende strepen van Telltale's platgereden adventurepad, maar voor de rest is dit een niet te missen tijd/ruimte-nostalgietrip voor Back to the Future-fans.
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Thunderbolt Games
Generally speaking, Back to the Future: The Game is still worth some attention for fans of the movies. Its appropriate choices in art and audio, along with its 200% dedication to the films, will definitely keep Future fanatics off the manure. However, when it comes to the gameplay, my advice would be to try and not take it too seriously. To be continued…
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DarkZero
It’s quite hard to recommend Back to the Future: The Game to people that haven’t seen (or that aren’t fans of) the movies. Telltale has created a game for the followers, so if you have no interest then you won’t get many of the charming jokes and references that the game is filled with. If you’re a gamer and a fan who just wants to know what happens to Doc Brown and Marty McFly, then the first episode comes highly recommended to you since this feels like an extension to the movie franchise, a Back to the Future IV if you will. However as a game it’s a little disappointing that it couldn’t have had a bit more depth to the puzzles. It is a very linear experience and there isn’t much room to explore, but at least it shows how much respect Telltale has for making a licensed product. As a gamer I found it enjoyable, but as a fan I finally found an excellent extension to the film trilogy I love.
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PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
It's really great to see Back to the Future, well, back. And It's About Time hits the ground running with a great introduction, as well as a great pair of protagonists in Marty and Doc (as well as his younger version). Unfortunately, the setting of this first episode doesn't inspire, nor do the supporting cast which you'll spend so much time with, and the game really is far, far too easy. However, it is the first episode, and one fifth of a much larger game, which we hope gives the developers time to tell a much more interesting, funnier and challenging story. Right now, it's a nice revisit for Back to the Future fans, of which we are card-carrying members, but not really worth a look for anyone else.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
Ultimately, It's About Time is a decent enough adventure game in a wonderfully-realised universe, where a little bit of corner-cutting can't ruin the pleasures of all the unlikely elements the developer gets right. Having never given a toss about things like Star Wars, I was largely unaware of the power of videogames combined with the right license. But the swell of Alan Silvestri's score with the firing up of time circuits and the rev of the DeLorean's engine caught me unawares and genuinely made me feel like I was seven again: seven and filled with dreams that I too could listen to Huey Lewis and the News tapes on my Walkman and tit around on a skateboard. An authentic tribute.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Le démarrage de cette adaptation de Retour Vers le Futur ne se fait pas véritablement sur les chapeaux de roue et fait figure d'introduction un poil molle. Beaucoup trop facile, dirigiste et linéaire, il laissera les habitués du point'n click sur leur faim pour ce qui est des mécaniques. En revanche, le travail sur l'ambiance, le scénar' et la fidélité aux films est très appréciable. L'un dans l'autre, on parvient donc à un certain équilibre aidant à prendre du plaisir, mais on espère que les prochains épisodes vont se réveiller nom de Zeus ! Telltale nous a habitué à mieux.
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PCActu
Cet épisode est très clairement là pour poser les bases de la série, puisque " Retour vers le futur " compte cinq opus. Malheureusement, Telltale n'a réussi à nous sortir qu'un titre moyen, qui ne satisfera ni les adeptes des point'n'click, en raison de l'extrême facilité, ni les fans des films à cause des personnages en retrait. Au final, ce jeu m'a donné l'impression de n'être basé que sur le fan service et la nostalgie. Malheureusement, c'est une technique qui ne marche pas vraiment sur les joueurs - preuve en est avec l'accueil mitigé qu'a reçu Duke Nukem Forever… Espérons que Telltale Games se reprenne en main afin de nous sortir une suite digne de ce nom, nom de Zeus (il fallait bien que je la sorte celle-là) !
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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Nostalgia makes Back to the Future Episode 1 a good choice for gamers who grew up enjoying the adventures of Doc Brown and Marty McFly. The voice acting is excellent, the story is well told, and the game doesn’t have the frustration factor that many similar games have. But the comparative lack of imagination in the puzzles is the cause of the game’s low difficulty level, which could make many players wonder if they’ve gotten their money’s worth. Combined with the audio bugs and the temperamental movement system, these factors might make players pause before pursuing the entire series. It’s About Time is a good first step, but Step 2 needs to pick up the slack.
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Adventure Classic Gaming
While I'm sure that many young gamers born after the original theatrical release of the movies will still enjoy this game, I believe that the target audience is most likely fans of the original series. Although the game succeeds in creating an entertaining story that continues the events of the movies, it does so at the expense of providing an innovative and challenging gaming experience. I doubt gamers who are not familiar with the movies will find any interest in this game. Further, despite the many nostalgic moments in the game, some fans firmly believe that the story has already ended with the original movies such that any attempt to revive this franchise will be futile. Interesting enough, this episode ends with a trailer (or teaser) on what to expect in the next one. It seems, at the least, that the story will progress in a funny and paradoxical way. Despite a few misgivings, I look forward to future (or possibly past) episodes, just to see what lies ahead (or possibly behind).
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A Hardy Developer's Journal
So, all in all, I’m a little disappointed with the first installment of this five-part game. It’s the game parts that grated the most for me, with the puzzles being a very safe and simple, and a control system that plain doesn’t make sense. On the plus side for Back to the Future: The Game, however, this is only episode 1 – a beginners-friendly introduction. Furthermore, Telltale has created a solid and promising visual and stylistic template to build upon. Let’s hope, come the next episode, we have a more risky game that tries harder to bring something different to both Back to the Future and to the Telltale adventure game format. Certainly from the ending of episode 1 it looks like they have part 2 of that hope covered, as it suggests we will be treated to some interesting game mechanics, based around on one of the most fun ways the Back to the Future franchise played around with time travel.
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PC Gamer
Those who want more than faint reminders of better entertainment are only going to feel cheated by this game, which is too easy and too rushed. The complexity of the puzzles has been dialled back to aid casual gamers attracted by the licence, the environments feel small and empty, the lip-synching is nonexistent and there are multiple lines of dialogue that are completely missing. It’s a mess. There are four more episodes of Back to the Future: The Game planned, shifting between the ’30s and an alternate 1986. It still has time to be good. But based on this first episode, your time would be better spent re-watching the movies.