As with most of Telltale’s games, a built-in hint system will guide you through each brainteaser, but it’s tough not to get stuck at some point. Luckily, the episode ends with some of the cleverest and (believe it or not) most exhilarating tasks we’ve experienced in a point-and-click game. We won’t spoil them for you here, but the last 30 minutes of the game alone are fun enough to make you (almost) forget about that damn soup kitchen puzzle.
Back to the Future: The Game is at its best when it’s fast-paced and doesn’t bog you down with too many choices to make or inventory items to keep tabs on - the episode ends on a high note because its puzzles generate and maintain a sense of momentum that the middle section lacks. Episode 1 predictably ends on a cliffhanger, and many plot elements are left unresolved. The teaser for Episode 2 seems to suggest we’ll be spending more time in the 1930s before moving to new eras - considering Telltale’s bad habit of recycling locations between episodes, we’re a bit worried about this time period getting stale. Still, if episode 1 is the equivalent of this season’s “pilot,” you can be sure we’re interested to see where Doc and Marty go next.
Dec 23, 2010
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