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Back to the Future Part III

aka: Paluu Tulevaisuuteen 3

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Back to the Future III is a collection of four arcade games. Marty McFly and Doc Brown have traveled back through time to the year 1885 - and they're soon deep in trouble when they face "Mad Dog" Tannen's gang and have to find a way to return to the present. This game takes four scenes from the Hollywood movie Back to the Future III and turns them into arcade sequences: Buckboard Chase*: Doc Brown goes horseback in an attempt to save Hill Valley's lovely school teacher Clara. This game of quick ducking, jumping and shooting alternates between a side-scrolling and a top-down perspective.

  • Shooting Gallery: The name says it all. A classic game of aim-and-shoot, spiced up by hidden extras and bonus targets.

  • Pie Throwing: Meet the Mad Dog gang. They have guns, and you have... cream pies. It's an isometric version of the shooting gallery, only with ammo. And the targets shoot back.

  • The Train: Basically a side-scrolling beat-em-up on train wagons with some ducking and jumping. Get rid of the mechanics and collect speed logs to push the engine to a magic 88 mph.

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Genesis version

The Genesis/Mega Drive version of the game has a very dark and muddy color palette. This wasn't done by design, though; there's actually a bug in the palette handling code which causes one-third of all color data to be lost. This means that everything is much darker than it should be, and that there's detail in the graphics that doesn't show up at all! An illustration of the bug showing how the game should look can be found here.

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  • MobyGames ID: 7600


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Game added by -Chris.

Commodore 64, Atari ST, Amiga added by Quapil. SEGA Master System added by Kabushi. ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC added by Martin Smith. Genesis added by Unicorn Lynx.

Additional contributors: j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】, Picard, Patrick Bregger, Victor Vance.

Game added October 28th, 2002. Last modified March 9th, 2023.