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Based on the 1985 time travel flick, Electric Dreams' Back to the Future for the Commodore 64 (and ported to the ZX Spectrum) differs significantly from LJN's version on the NES.

The player takes control of teenager Marty McFly; zapped into the past by an experiment gone wrong. To preserve Marty's future existence, the player must lure Marty's mother-to-be into spending more time with his father, while avoiding the school bully. These computer-controlled characters will wander the game areas and interact with each other according to basic rules - Marty's mother will follow him around, his father will avoid the bully, the bully will knock Marty out if their paths should cross, etc. If left to their own devices, Marty's parents will not meet and his time will run out (indicated by a fading family photo).

The game world consists of five distinct areas, each the size of one screen. A separate "hub" area scrolls past the entrances to these five zones. Each of the five areas holds a collectable item, with a different effect (attract, repel, or no effect) on each character. A skateboard can also be collected to travel across the hub faster.

The player must use their collected items to keep Marty's mother and father in close proximity, while also keeping the bully away.


Back to the Future Amstrad CPC Inside the home of Dr. Emmett Brown.
Back to the Future Amstrad CPC Inside the school.
Back to the Future Amstrad CPC Main menu
Back to the Future Commodore 64 Loading screen

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1986 8.75 out of 10 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Feb, 1986 8.75 out of 10 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1986 8.75 out of 10 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Mar, 1986 8 out of 10 80
64'er Commodore 64 Apr, 1986 9 out of 15 60
Crash! ZX Spectrum May, 1986 42 out of 100 42
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jun, 1986 4 out of 10 40
Zzap! Commodore 64 Apr, 1986 32 out of 100 32
Happy Computer Amstrad CPC Mar, 1986 Unscored Unscored
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Mar, 1986 Unscored Unscored


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