The time-traveling adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown in Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis’ “Back to the Future” movies happened just as home video game consoles were in their ascendancy. Tie-in games based on the trilogy appeared on the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Sega Master System and the Sega Genesis but none of them set the world on fire. There wasn’t anyway to infuse the copycat game design and crude graphics with the wry humor and punchy style the movies were known for.
Now, Marty and the Doc get another chance to captivate the button-pressing set in a new series of episodic games from developer Telltale Games. Unlike other movie-to-game translations, it’s the involvement of Telltale that makes the imminent playability of this back catalog classic worth noting. Telltale’s been behind some of the funniest games in the games medium, including the wacky “Sam & Max” adventures and modern versions of the beloved “Monkey Island” games. Bob Gale-the screenwriter who worked on all three movies and a “BTTF” cartoon series-will be serving as storytelling and characterization consultant on the games and Christopher Lloyd will be reprising the role of Doc Brown. It’s not yet known if the gameplay will be in the point-and-click style of Telltale’s other games.
The remastered 25th anniversary Blu-ray edition of the “Back to the Future” trilogy hits on October 26th and the five-episode game is scheduled to be start releasing this winter.