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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.


Back to the Future Part III Commodore 64 Crawling
Back to the Future Part III ZX Spectrum ... both of them
Back to the Future Part III Commodore 64 Jumping
Back to the Future Part III ZX Spectrum I thought the chest would be some kind of power up, turns out to be an obstacle

Promo Images

Back to the Future Part III Logo
Back to the Future Part III Concept Art
Back to the Future Part III Concept Art DeLorean ending screen.
Back to the Future Part III Concept Art DeLorean ending screen.

Alternate Titles

  • "Paluu Tulevaisuuteen 3" -- Finnish title

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum May, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Zzap! Amiga Apr, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Apr, 1991 79 out of 100 79
Mean Machines Genesis Feb, 1992 77 out of 100 77
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Datormagazin Amiga Mar 27, 1991 75 out of 100 75
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Apr, 1992 68 out of 100 68
Dragon DOS Apr, 1992 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
16bit Genesis 2004 30 out of 100 30
Player One SEGA Master System Sep, 1992 28 out of 100 28


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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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