Back to the Future: The Game Episode 1 review

  • Doc and Marty are voiced perfectly
  • Some great moments near the end
  • Hints keep you from getting stuck
  • Some obtuse puzzles
  • Drags in the middle
  • Are we going to have to stay in 1930s?

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

More Info

Available Platforms: PS3, Wii, iPad, PC
Genre: Adventure
Developed by: Telltale Games
ESRB Rating:
Rating Pending
PEGI Rating:
Rating Pending


  • Sinsational - February 21, 2011 11:58 p.m.

    lol Well, of course the Doc is voiced perfectly; Telltale hired Christopher Lloyd to reprise his role! And Marty did a pretty bang-up job.
  • Ben_Reillys_Ghost - January 11, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    Anybody know of any XBLA details? I thought that Telltale said one of their previous games were going to be on Live, but nothing ever happened.
  • MassSaber - December 24, 2010 9 p.m.

    I hope this gets A XBLA release Tell tale would be crazy not to
  • tiben36 - December 24, 2010 6:42 a.m.

    its good play a bit, but i cant figure out some things maybe its because im too tired and that its almost christmas (1:41 AM, just stop playing it, started 1:00 AM) only thing not too fun is walking
  • ventanger - December 24, 2010 1:03 a.m.

    Good news: You can get the first episode for free Bad news: You can't play it until just before the second episode comes out. Boo, I was anxious to play it.
  • ssj4raditz - December 24, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    GREAT SCOTT!! (because someone had to do it...)
  • garnsr - December 23, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    I just got the Strongbad games on PS3, and I've enjoyed the Sam and Max and Monkey Island games, but I'm not sure I'll pick these up. If they offer them for a good bundle price I probably will, eventually.
  • sweetzombiejesus - December 23, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    I didnt watch the third movie, but I still might get this.
  • Peanut726 - December 23, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    I love back to the future, but never played a point and click really. This might be my gateway

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