Back To The Future Ep 1 HD
Great Scott, or just plain regular?
From Wallace & Gromit through Monkey Island to the upcoming Jurassic Park episodic series, Telltale has gained somewhat of a reputation for breathing fresh life into beloved yet inactive series, celluloid and digital.
Though occasionally workmanlike in nature, its releases have nevertheless consistently captured the essence of each subject licence – throwing in knowing references aplenty in an effort to keep seasoned veterans entertained.
And so that formula is resurrected through this first of five nostalgia fests featuring the adventures of Doc Brown and Marty McFly (though, for now, primarily our younger hero), which opens as trusty hound Einstein becomes a time travel pioneer on a dusky, rain moistened parking lot.
Troubles begin to arise however, when rather than going on to play a role of loveable eccentric through our hero’s existential crisis, Christopher Lloyd’s character instead disappears into thin air as the iconic DeLorean fails to dematerialise, offering his friend and confidante merely an apology before disappearing into thin air.
Secreted to times unknown, what better genre could there be to initiate the hunt than a point and click adventure? Or, as the iOS universe knows it, a point-and-tap adventure. Using the license as a convenient device to shift proceedings to prohibition-era America, rather than an opportunity to engage with time manipulation puzzles, say, structurally events prove rather rigid.
Addressing Telltale’s puzzle architecture from a position of cold objectivity, it’s difficult not to be disappointed.
From multiple identical puzzle solutions peppered throughout to teasers solved via the exhaustion of all dialogue or action based options, the thought that players are simply tapping between a sequence of elongated narrative elements proves hard to avoid.
Ultimately, it seems highly likely that seasoned point and click adventurers will bemoan the eagerness with which puzzles have been simplified in order to chase a casual consumer, while precisely that audience will wonder how such staid logical processes tie in with a movie that has hovering skateboards in it.
Among other sequences loosely classed as ‘action’. As ever, purely economical concerns interject to ensure a solid score accompanies gameplay designed adequately and to high production values.
However, those hoping execution might match justifiably high expectation should prepare for slight disappointment.
Makes players pine for the Eighties to make a swift return. Which, considering it was also the decade of shoulder pads and ridiculous glasses, is quite a feat.
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