Never Ending Backlog: Back to the Future: Ep 1 - It's About Time Recap
About the session
The session is an episode of The Never Ending Backlog podcast, which focuses on short reviews of PC games. The host, Zach, reviews the adventure game Back to the Future episode one: It's About Time.
- Zach (Host)
- Introduction to the game
- Graphics and resolution
- Gameplay and controls
- Game economy and availability
- Final review and personal thoughts
Takeaway 1: Back to the Future Episode 1 is a well-crafted adventure game with high-quality graphics and sound, based on the popular movie franchise.
The host, Zach, praised the game for its smooth gameplay, impressive music and sound effects, and the use of original voice actors from the movies. He mentioned that the game "ran extremely smooth" and that the sound effects and voice acting were "really cool to see." The design and graphics were also well-done, with an "artistic vibe of cartoony comic book-like" style.
Additionally, Zach noted that the writing is well-executed, offering a new storyline instead of just rehashing the plots of the movies: "It's not an exact remake of Back to the Future one, two, or three... It does offer a lot of new storyline, which is really cool." He also appreciated the fact that the game is not too demanding in terms of quick reflexes, making it accessible for newer gamers or those who prefer a slower-paced experience.
Takeaway 2: The game's controls are easy to pick up, but the limited choices within the adventure game genre can be frustrating for some players.
Zach discussed the straightforward controls and point-and-click gameplay, stating that "Controls are pretty easy... You can use the keyboard arrows or arrows or WSAD to move your character around." However, he also expressed his frustration with the limited choices often found in adventure games, as they can negatively impact the player's problem-solving experience.
He explained his preference for games that allow for more creativity and choice, saying, "I like that free roam ability. I like the ability to quickly solve problems in a creative way that I want to... and until adventure games can do that, unfortunately, I'm probably not going to be as interested in them."
Takeaway 3: The game is no longer available for purchase due to financial hardships at Telltale Games, making it a rare find for collectors.
Zach mentioned that Back to the Future Episode 1 is no longer available for sale, as it was delisted in 2018 due to financial hardships at the game's developer, Telltale Games. This makes the game a rare and valuable find for collectors, as well as a missed opportunity for fans of the movie franchise who might have enjoyed playing the game.
He shared his own experience as a collector of physical PC games, as well as the challenges of collecting digital games that can become unavailable over time: "It's an aggressive world for collectors, which I think is really fun but... it's going to get uninstalled. Maybe someday if I ever get into adventure games, they'll get reinstalled."
- Back to the Future episode one is a point-and-click adventure game with manual control of the main character, Marty.
- The game features many of the same characters and voice actors from the movie series.
- The game's design, graphics, and writing are well done, offering a new storyline instead of remaking the movies.
- The game has been delisted from Steam and other services due to financial hardships at Telltale Games.
- Zach is not a fan of adventure games due to their lack of freedom and choice in problem-solving.
- "It's based in the same realm of Back to the Future movies, has many of the same characters, has all the same voice actors for the most part, which is really cool."
- "I'm not going to spoil anything, but I'm not going to spoil the game itself. I'm not going to spoil what the whole plot and principle is. What I am going to say is it's not an exact remake."
- "Regarding the actual controls for the game economy, this part was kind of interesting and I guess I heard about this in the news, but I guess I'd never even really followed it, so the game had a historical low of $2.40."
- "I like that free roam ability. I like the ability to quickly solve problems in a creative way that I want to. And most games still struggle with this."
- "So although I am uninstalling Back to the Future episode one, it's about time. I have a feeling they'll have mentions of that game in future games."