Back to the Future game review

James / June 23rd, 2011

Matt Conant shows me the new Back to the Future game. Recently, I played episodes 2 through 4 on PS3. Very cool! Go try out the game at backtothefuturegames.com

Comments

  • duhhxxiloveyou

    June 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

    awesome!

  • RNorthex

    June 23, 2011 at 11:21 am

    now these are good bttf games:D
    glad you played it[tough i heard the ps3 version got hickups]

    ever played sam and max? has tons of nintendo and old-school references[as well as new ones]

  • June 23, 2011 at 11:26 am

    These games are so awesome.

  • Faroutdude

    June 23, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Swaaaaaaag me out Mcfly!

  • Solitary

    June 23, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I played Maniac Mansion as a kid on my C64… absolutely great game, yea, it was kinda hard… but so rich, clever and funny. I did finished it though…

  • Solitary

    June 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I played Telltale Puzzle Agent… great game too, if you like puzzles and brain teasers.

  • nes313rd

    June 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

    hey james u should do a video on some of the other video game accessories or like the little things u show for a sec in ur videos i always get innterested in some of those things u sho like the thing that plays full size sega game u kno stuff like that even if u talk about them for 20 seconds it would be very cool like how them little arcade things u got in the back or jus the things we cant see or touch .

  • nes313rd

    June 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

    i kno u did the sega 32x to tha power of shit and the sega cd and nintendo accessories but think about it bro.

  • rapidfire187

    June 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Heh, I keep my laptop on a TV tray too. Haven’t seen anyone else do that until now.

  • lebutzki

    June 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I went to the game’s website and actually saw that Christopher Lloyd reprises his role as Doc Brown, and although MJF doesn’t play Marty, he DOES voice a character in the final episode. Far out!

  • June 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Never thought I’d hear Homestar Runner mentioned on a Cinemassacre video. If you haven’t seen that site yet, James, check it out. It’s pretty funny.
    Also it’s a shame you didn’t mention Homestar Runner’s games during the discussion about game styles, because they parodied the whole thing in their game Peasant’s Quest.

  • Nerdfan64

    June 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    James, you have the same laptop as me!!!! Also great video.

  • Jimbo

    June 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I like when James hears he is about to play a BTTF game and pretty much slips in to his Nerd persona.

  • sjd4skip

    June 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I love the TellTale Games. I have all of them, basically. The reason they changed the control style to click and drag is so iPad and iPhone users can play the games too. That way it’s easier to walk off screen without trying to interact every time you touch the screen. Monkey Island is where it’s at. And Sam n Max keeps getting funnier every season.

  • June 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Damn, you guys don’t mention an epic point & click game called BROKEN SWORD???????????

  • xdeathknightx

    June 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I really like the telltale games. They are more logical than the older click and points where there were situations where tried to click everywhere and combine everything with everything to see if that would finally get you further into the game.

  • Aristotelles17

    June 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I really liked this episode, Matt is a cool guy!

  • June 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Hahah… Nice Star Trek IV reference with the mouse.

  • Rust In Peace

    June 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Nice review, guys!

    I used to play a ridiculous amount of PC games in the same genre. I did like the ones by Sierra, but my favorites by far were the LucasArts games.

    Hard to pick the one I loved the most, but it’s definitely between any of the first three Monkey Island games and Indy 4.

  • June 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    He’s gonna take you to the present, to play the good games he hasn’t, he’s the happiest gaming nerd, he’s the PC and Ps3 nerd, he’s the 360 and Wii nerd, he’s the happy video game nerd.

  • June 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Love BTTF, love adventures, played all LucasArts games and everything Telltale did for PC that was any good
    but this game arc is lame, unfunny plus kinda artificial (dropped it after 2 episodes)

    they should have played Tales of Monkey Island. now that was worthwhile

  • Marbo

    June 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I love Point’n’click games. Actually I played this BTTF game with my brother a couple of weeks ago. I always loved the Kyrandia games and lucas Arts’ DIG

  • June 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I heard that in episode 3 of the series, Doc Brown becomes a villainous character inspired by Lloyd’s role of Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit!

  • soviut

    June 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    he reason they changed the control style to click and drag is so iPad and iPhone users can play the games too.

    Actually it was so console gamers could play without a cursor. The control scheme is designed to work like a joystick. On the other hand, touch screens are essentially mouse input. Instead of “point and click”, you have “point and tap” which is why classic adventure games have been ported with no changes.

  • Venkman

    June 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Looks good, been waiting myself. On another note, are you and Mike going to do anymore free domain commentary?

  • June 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks for the review! (although I do think you mean intonation instead of inflection because inflection has nothing to do with pitch of voice)

  • shadowdsfire

    June 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Dude duuuddeeee… You got the exact same computer AND same mouse as me…

  • June 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Hey James, they have these games for Mac also. Don’t you have a MacBook?

  • poly6

    June 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Gread vid, friendly video game nerd rules too. you two seem like good guys

  • Torus202

    June 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Excellent Review. Love the new Show concept. I’m looking forward to more.

    Nice to see you getting into PC games now. If your a big RPG fan, I suggest World Of Warcraft. I was once a Console Gamer Only. Since Playing WoW, I’ve spent the last 4 years of my life Online.

  • miracleman83

    June 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    As usual, I enjoyed the video.

    BTW, James used the word inflection correctly.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/inflection

  • Edgarmcfly

    June 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Nice review ! :D

  • SURPLUS_NiNjA

    June 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I actually loved these games I can’t wait for the 5th episode. Wait actually its out today! Awesome!

    Anyways, I play these games with WASD to move :p I’m a PC gamer who plays lotsa genres and WASD is typically the movement controls in non-point ‘n click adventure games.

  • rossbosstx

    June 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    so edna .tell me everything you know about, harry callahan…
    To BE CONCLUDED.

  • June 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    This was cool ^_^
    James’ expressions when recalling the BTTF review made me laugh so much x]

  • helt_vilt

    June 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6jyjKOPpFU

    “I will not rest until all the Tannens are DEAD!”
    Biggest coincidence i have ever seen.

  • June 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Star Trek IV reference, FTW!!!! lol

  • June 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks for that informative review. Man, this makes me want to play this game even more! I LOVE Back to the Future!

  • Jenslyn87

    June 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Great review! Loved the AVGN reference :D

  • Kraelich

    June 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    lol at the Strar Treck reference!

  • Paronfesken

    June 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    YAY!!! PC-Games!!!

  • Landofunk

    June 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Lol at the look of horror accompanied with the NES music :D

  • June 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I like this new “Friendly Video Game Nerd” too. Want to see more of him. Would be a nice way to also do reviews of good video games, not just the bad ones. Having a friendly conversation with someone else while playing a game.

  • GhostSniper

    June 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    There’s an old adventure game called “Flight of the Amazon Queen” that makes fun of the fact you can perform illogical actions on things

    *Talk to doorknob* and the character would be like: “Hello! …… I don’t think it’s gonna talk to me”

    Game is now freeware in case you want to give it a go, totally worth playing

  • June 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    episode 5 comes out today! :D

  • welshwuff

    June 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Playing episode 5 right now and theres a horrid glitch that gets you stuck, id wait before you play 5 till they patch the glitch, its unavoidable and you cant move on…

  • dakaarts

    June 23, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    nice review! do more pc reviews! :)

  • angryrider

    June 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I can’t believe no one questioned that Marty left the gas on in Edna Strickland’s home. If she dies of asphyxiation..

  • Joker83

    June 23, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Day of the Tentacle is one of my favorite games ever

  • mantrox

    June 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Very nice to see you playing a PC game finally, James! :) I love adventure games, especially those highlighted by Matt – Monkey Island series (BTW Telltale also made a game for this series), Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, etc. I still haven’t played BttF yet, but as far as I know it’s far easier than other adventure games (even those made by Telltale), which is a bit disappointing for me – but I understand that they wanted to bring this game to a broader audience, who might not necesseraly love point’n’click games (just like you, James :P).

  • PorkFrydRice

    June 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Debating whether or not I should watch this video. I haven’t started to play the game myself yet and I’m worried their might be some unintentional spoilers or puzzle solving in the video.

  • Rasengan999

    June 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    DUDE JAMES!! You said about a BTTF/Terminator cross-over, it instantly reminded me of this video I saw on YouTube!

    Here, check it out! It is AWESOME! And would totally make a GREAT cross-over!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBBw9E2Q_aY&feature=BFa&list=FLD4KV9_UDqIY&index=24

    *I DO NOT OWN THIS VIDEO* It was posted by “HISHEdotcom”.

  • Snejku

    June 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I like the ending of the video, how it insinuates that there’ll be more about this game. That is, the episodes..

  • DjDiabolik

    June 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I WANT A NEW SERIES!
    ANGRY PC VIDEOGAMES NERD!!

  • danny

    June 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    The final episode (number 5) is out now. I haven’t played it yet, but I thought episodes 1-4 were very cool. Both as a BTTF fan and an old-school adventure game fan (I know every game mentioned by Matt in this video by heart). They made the game easy to learn and control for newcomers to the genre, for which I applaud Telltale’s efforts (I know all about how frustrating it can be to get stuck in a game without having any clue about what you’re supposed to do next).

    If you’re a fan of Back to the Future, you owe it to yourself to check this one out. Telltale’s other episodic games are worth a look as well, especially the Sam & Max series and Tales of Monkey Island.

  • viJilance

    June 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Mike you played lame ass PC games, it was all about: Duke Nukem 3D, Unreal Tournament, Warcraft 2, Diablo 2 & Half-Life 2

  • XiotheGamer

    June 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    i HATE the move my school won’t shut the hell up about it being film in the school i go to

  • lucktacular

    June 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Nice video guys, I’d love to see more. Maybe after you play all of the episodes?

  • June 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I grew up on the old school adventure games… Like Space Quest and Sam and Max. I am so grateful that TellTale is making these games.. So far I have bought all of their Sam and Max, Monkey Island, and Back to the Future episodes. Granted they aren’t as challenging as an old school game.. but sure are far less frustrating! That mall section in Space Quest 4 was a killer (in the skating rink)

    The best part of those games are the humor and the boost of accomplishment when you solve a difficult problem.. I really would dig if TellTale started doing Sierra games… I would die for a Space Quest.. With all of the gruesome death scenes and taunting when you die!

  • June 23, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Not an AVGN, but I’ll take it. Very cool

  • June 23, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I love Maniac Mansion. Great game…

    Great video James! And no hula hoop girls or bee’s! Happy Day!

  • OMA

    June 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    @David Barnette: They’re actually doing a Sierra game. More precisely, a new King’s Quest game.

  • Eman73

    June 23, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    why does everyone keep calling him mike?!?!?!?!?! his name is matt, other than that i liked the review a lot. also not sure if many of you may know this but one really fun point n click adventure everyone should check out is stupid invaders, i played it on dreamcast, but i believe that it is also available for PC, its a really funny game with rich humor, originally based on a french game, but its still great.

  • preying4war

    June 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Very good video. I had hoped that I could buy a physical game disc of BTTF, but was disappointed to hear it was DLC only. When reviews from other sites started rolling in, they were generally negative. I think at one point the game was discounted to FREE, & I remember my younger brother saying to me, “You know why?…’cause it sucks!”
    Still, I like the look of the game, the voice acting, and the idea that it is BTTF pt.4.
    James, I don’t know if it’s coincidence or not, but I requested you review Maniac Mansion & Turtles: Tournament Fighter. You mentioned them in two seperate videos, & I think that’ s really cool.

  • June 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Warcraft 2…. Comand and conquer…. This guy ROCKS.

  • SiriuslyLupin

    June 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Plus, Marty’s great-great-grandfather, Seamus looked just like Marty, so it could probably be assumed that his great grandfather, William did too. I think the McFlys must alternate between Martys and Georges every second generation.

    I’m a big fan of both point-and-click adventure games and of BTTF, so I’m very much looking forward to playing this eventually. You’re not the only one that’s behind, James!

  • Jackred89

    June 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I been waiting for you to review this game since you’re reviews on those horrible games.

    I was wondering if you are planning to review the other episodes or just this one due to a busy work schedule you have?

    I won’t be mad since I do like this video a lot thanks man.

  • June 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Find it funny that I just beat Under a Killing Moon a few hours ago for the first time in years, & then it’s the first game to pop up when Matt starts talking about point n click games. I prefer the sequel, The Pandora Directive, with it’s more in depth story & cleaner cutscenes, and also the option to be an asshole throughout the game, changing the story in some places.

  • June 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I thought it was a pie pan in back to the future 3.

  • Analbag Thats Me

    June 23, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Day of the Tentacle = my favorite PC game/ most underrated PC game of all time !!! I’m glad that finally got into one of your videos :)

  • Brenry

    June 24, 2011 at 12:05 am

    >> Play with a Xbox controller to move in left hand.. and mouse in right hand to interact with objects !!!

  • Calavera

    June 24, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Awesome video! The 5th chapter was just released today. Also very nice mentioning Grim Fandango! I’m a fan of that game as you might have been able to tell from my screen name ;)

  • MitchSchaft

    June 24, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Nice. I’m gonna go ahead and buy these episdoes like I’ve been planning on. And I like your new “sidekick” you’ve been using.

  • June 24, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Point & click adventure gamers unite!! I played every one of the games mentioned in this review when I was growing up. I always thought it was such a shame that Sierra stopped producing these kind of games when the company was sold and that Lucas Arts began to focus on only making Star Wars related games. I always loved all the Police/Space/King’s Quests, Quest for Glory and Monkey Island games. The Fate of Atlantis was amazing too (would have loved to see that as a basis for another Indy movie rather than Crystal Skull).

  • June 24, 2011 at 1:12 am

    This was awesome. Totally nostalgic for me, I grew up playing Monkey Island, Space Quest, Kings Quest, Legend of Kyrandia and all that good shit. These kids don’t know shit about solving puzzles these days.

  • svengoolie

    June 24, 2011 at 1:24 am

    I love the way you just play the Back the the Future NES music instead of showing anything. Us fans that have been with you since the beginning recognize it immediately.

  • svengoolie

    June 24, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Matt is such a n00b though. I feel like I’m having adventure games explained to me by a Best Buy worker who’s never actually played any. The only Sierra series he knows is King’s Quest, and he thinks Sam and Max was Telltale’s first game. Ugh.

  • June 24, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Day of the tentacle. What a great game.
    Oh and Civilization, and Sierra’s Pharaoh are my favourite strategy games

  • iReem

    June 24, 2011 at 4:25 am

    So will you play more PC games now?

  • DirkDiggler

    June 24, 2011 at 5:48 am

    points for the star trek joke!funny

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    June 24, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Matt is not so bad in these non-OA videos.

  • mjstones

    June 24, 2011 at 7:33 am

    good video, i’m jonesing for more avgn but these are pretty good. the tmnt one was pretty funny, i can’t believe that’s what the turtles descended into! but thanks for this review, i have now played through the first of these games and liked it alot. i wouldn’t have even touched the game if not for this video, so thanks!

  • punksterdaddy

    June 24, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Wow an interesting game for me and it is on the pc!

    Great review, I got goosebumps at the excellent Back To The Future theme and was also impressed at the voice acting.
    Although you can probably tell while playing the game that it isn’t the original actors doing all the dialogue, it is really close by what I heard? Well Doc Brown’s was for sure…

    “Your kids Marty, something has to be done about you’re kids!”

    I wasn’t too interested in playing this before now but after watching this review, I now will be very likely in buying it to play for myself next week…

    Any other reviews planned in this style for future? I for one was liking this a lot!

  • holder

    June 24, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Ha. I just think to message to James is he ever play this game. I am glad that he finally make a review and comments. I play the first EP of the game. Is great. Very close to Back To The Future series. Great voice acting and scenes. I never find time to play the rest of the episodes. Great video.

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    June 24, 2011 at 7:39 am

    @svengoolie: Don’t you think he just mentioned one of their most popular game series…? I’m sure he knows of more.

  • June 24, 2011 at 7:56 am

    The series doesn’t get much more difficult in the later episodes and at the moment, the last episode has a bug that can prevent you from finishing it (PC & Mac Version), but the story is totally great. Especially the third part has a really great twist to it.

  • Jenslyn87

    June 24, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I didn’t play that many games in this genre, but they did have a certain charm. I do think, however, that they are best left to nostalgic memories.

    I fondly remember the Kyrandia series, but I probably won’t ever play it again… think I’ll just get impatient with it now :-)

  • June 24, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Loved this. I like point and click adventures but never played a ton because I really, really suck at them. My attention to detail is just… lacking, to be nice. My fiance made me play The Longest Journey and anyone who says they didn’t use a guide for the majority of the game is either cheating or has too much time on their hands…haha.

    Would like to see more like this, and friend is dorky/cute/good addition.

  • June 24, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I was really hyped for this game but when I played it I was so disappointed. The graphics sucks and the animation sucks… There’s just no feelinf in the game. Too bad they didn’t let a bigger developer make the game because it sure aas hell deserves so much more than what it got.

  • June 24, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I want to see you review the Ghostbusters game…aka the 3rd movie

  • June 24, 2011 at 8:53 am

    hey matt, did you ever play any of the police quest games? 1 and 2 were some of my favorites.

  • ScaryManiac

    June 24, 2011 at 9:58 am

    @punksterdaddy
    Doc Brown’s voice was done by the original actor of the movies.
    MIchael J. Fox didn’t, but he makes a cameo at the last episode

  • polarbearted

    June 24, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Nice Star Trek – Scotty reference, “Hello computer”. Made me laugh

  • crump90

    June 24, 2011 at 10:37 am

    @polarbearted Agreed : )

  • filipepw

    June 24, 2011 at 11:28 am

    SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET

    I FUCKEN LOVE POINT AND CLICKS!

  • filipepw

    June 24, 2011 at 11:34 am

    i could make a review of a bunch of point and clicks

  • TheAceofSpadez

    June 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    That was awesome! I gotta have it!

  • BrandonMP

    June 24, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    0:47 James is like “Oh shit.”

  • June 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Yay! 100th comment !!! I played episodes 1-4 already and I’m waiting for the 5th one, Outtatime! It’s really a great game. I was missing the old school point & click style games!

  • punksterdaddy

    June 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    @Cappy Larou

    He has reviewed that Ghostbusters game… He didn’t do it as the nerd but he made an appearance before being told to leave.

    Go check it out? It is worth a look.

  • RobotEmilio

    June 24, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I hope James and Matt make more videos like that, i’m a huge fan of classic point & click adventures and it will be great see some reviews just to remember it again.

    Very nice video!

  • Bluesy

    June 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Svengoolie everybody
    He’s just an all around jerk using old artifact words from years ago. He comes off as a the stereotype of that internet kid trying to come off as cool. Look at him getting angry because someone doesn’t know something he learned about not too long ago. Maybe some day he’ll learn to communicate and that not everybody is trying to be a poser who poses as an expert.

    Telltale was founded in 2004 and did nothing of note until they got the Sam and Max license.

  • scronan

    June 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Interesting game, thanks for sharing. One observation though – are any of the actors from the movie doing any voice acting for this game? It sounded like they were not but you hardly shared any of the voices so it was kind of hard to tell. I did like the video, but I kept hoping you’d let the characters talk a bit more so we could hear their voices and compare it to how they used to sound. Maybe you couldn’t do it for legal reasons and I understand if that’s the case, but I kept getting pissed since I really wanted to hear what Marty and Doc sound like and it felt like you guys were talking a bit too much. The few seconds I heard felt like a tease and it was really frustrating!

    Again, if you couldn’t share more for legal reasons I understand – I’m not trying to come across like a dick or anything – just some honest feedback! So if there was no specific reason not to allow us to hear more voices – next time, please LET US HEAR THEM! :)

  • GabeTheGameGuy

    June 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Lol I just beat episode 4 Today. :D

  • Keile

    June 24, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    @ scronan

    They did indeed get Christopher Lloyd to do the voice of Doc. But I think the rest of them are all sound alikes. I know James did an interview with the guy who voiced Marty for this series some time back and put up the audio for that. He is actually pretty good at doing the voice.

  • Squall85

    June 25, 2011 at 5:09 am

    These adventure games took a long way from Zak McKraken and the Alien Mindbenders throught the Sierra games. In the early games you could die or waste a key item and you wouldn’t be able to finish the game. Good thing Monkey Island came up with good puzzles you can’t mess up and no dying. Guybrush even put away a dog in his coat in MI 2 :)

  • overtheunder1993

    June 25, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Hope to see more videos like this. It’s cool to see James’s first impressions and stuff.

  • adouglass

    June 25, 2011 at 8:47 am

    i played under a killing moon, myst, and 7th guest!

  • z_thompson

    June 25, 2011 at 11:17 am

    My brother really liked the Journeyman Project Turbo series of point and click games.

    And he liked Shadowcaster a lot too. Anybody remember those?

    We played these games on our 75MHz Pentium processor with 8 MB of RAM and a 750MB hard drive! The computer was a Packard Bell. Man we were high tech when we got that!

  • Pablo1989

    June 25, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Matt Conant try The Neverhood its veeery funny P & C adventure game

  • June 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I’ve been playing thru the BttF games on my PS3. They come out a little later than the PC ones. I really like it so far! I wonder tho — will we see a follow up video when you finish them?!!?!?

  • jerseys

    June 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    That guy looks like he’s related to Motherfucker Mike. Is it Motherfucker Ike perhaps?

  • danny

    June 26, 2011 at 12:26 am

    @ scronan: Christopher Llyod performed the voice of Doc Brown. All the other voice actors are indeed sound-alikes, but (spoiler?) Michael J. Fox does make a cameo appearance (sort of) as another character you’ve seen in the movies near the end of the game.

  • June 26, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Matt, I don’t know which game Telltale made first (although a quick google-search would do the trick), but Sam & Max are definitely not the first games. I played the episodic game(s) “Bone” back in the day before they got the licenses to these Lucasarts games and what-have you. So Sam & Max definitely wasn’t the first. :)

    PS: Now Telltale are making a game based on The Walking Dead. I wonder how that will turn out. Certainly a new twist for the zombie-genre! They’re also currently making a Jurassic Park game.

  • Zipperman2000

    June 26, 2011 at 2:25 am

    I lol’d hard when James briefly turned into the Nerd for a second at the beginning. It’s like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. One mention of a bad game and he goes from nice James to pissed off Nerd. lol

  • honkytonk

    June 26, 2011 at 2:26 am

    I love the old Point and Click Games, but I’m not so fond of the transition to 3D since I always have the feeling it got way easier in those games. Especially the early 3D games were way too easy.

    And I’m not so fond of the episode thing telltale keeps doing, I didn’t like it with Sam and Max and it was basically the reason why I didn’t buy BTTF. Now that they’re all out I may give it a try.

    So how does this one hold up, is it a challenge or one of those “One thing to interact in the room” kind of 3D games?

  • Kanji

    June 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I’ve just finished the 1st episode, and man, love this game <3

  • June 26, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    James, if you want a console-like experience with this game, plug in an Xbox 360 USB controller on the computer. The game supports it, and it actually is easier that way (holding the left trigger will display all the items you can interact with in the game, and you can use the left and right shoulder buttons to move between them).

  • sinisterjuggernaut

    June 26, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I love Back to the Future. Good job with the TMNT stuff

  • stocxt

    June 27, 2011 at 12:52 am

    funny that James says the thing about the McFly generations looking identical every two generations since Marty’s great grandfather Willie looks just like him as does his great-great grandfather Seamus

  • Trisepta

    June 27, 2011 at 3:23 am

    I love these types of games. I grew up playing Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. I still play it today, even though I’ve completed it and everything. It’s just too awesome! Definitely one of my favorite games.
    Oh, but about this…thanks for the review! I’m downloading the 1st episode of this now to play for myself. You can download it FREE from the Telltale Games BTTF website. You just need to register, but that only takes a few seconds.

  • Juho L

    June 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

    It’s rather suprising that James haven’t played the Lucas Arts classics. Afterall they are really important games in gaming history. Although it’s understandable as James apparently haven’t had gaming PC back in the days, I assume? But anyways it’s never too late to “educate” yourself with these classics. They are even not that hard, excluding few exceptions, like the Indiana Jones series.

    The best part in Lucas Arts classics is the wacky humour. What it lacks in action it takes back in story and dialogue. They are like interactive slapstick insanities, which transforms into chaotic surrealism in Sam & Max Hit the Road – which is really faithful in that aspect to the original Sam & Max comics from the 80′s. Tons and tons of hilarious one-liners and (positive) obscurities.

  • Neo4Bond

    June 27, 2011 at 11:27 am

    James,

    I know you mentioned “Maniac Mansion” as a point-in-click console game, but I was hoping you might mention the other NES games that are a similiar style. There were 3 MacVenture games for the NES: Uninvited (1986), Shadowgate (1987), and Deja Vu: A Nightmare Comes True (1990). These games are definitely worth trying out…

  • johnmorisi

    June 27, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Oh that reminds me… When you leave a comment in the middle of the video, you shouldn’t have to rewatch the whole video, it should just post and the video should keep going. I HATE REWATCHING ADVERTISEMENTS FOR JOHN BENJAMINS FUCKING VAN, I HATE THAT DOUCHEBAG

  • Ronin

    June 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Awesome video James, great way to break up time between now and the movie.

    *Maniac Mansion Spoiler Alert*

    The key to the door is under the doormat. ;)

  • Fazer

    June 27, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    i love the part 50 seconds in

  • Fazer

    June 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    i use the WASD keys on the keyboard to move marty and i use SHIFT to run.

  • PoLaR

    June 27, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    LOL at 0:45 <33

  • Jehauri

    June 28, 2011 at 1:14 am

    I’ve always been an adventure game fan since the days of Monkey Island, and I found the Back to the Future games disappointing for several reasons.

    First of all, bugs: The first time I played the game, I got stuck forever because it somehow glitched and didn’t trigger an event that was supposed to happen. I had to start all over again, and it triggered fine the second time around, but I wasted hours because I didn’t even realize it was a glitch until looking online. In the other episodes, there have been a few seconds where the sound and graphics start stuttering for no reason during cutscenes, though luckily only briefly and once per episode. And all of the games seem to have missing dialogue in a few spots, as though they forgot to record those lines and rushed it out the door with just the text subtitles. None of the Sam and Max games by Telltale had these problems when I played them, so it was really a notable decrease in quality.

    Second, the games were way, way, way too easy. There was almost nothing to interact with, and it posed absolutely no challenge for a veteran adventure gamer. I’m surprised they had such an extensive hint system, as I really think even a person playing Back to the Future as their very first adventure game would have little trouble. Maybe they had to keep the puzzles simple to make the story work, but they could at least have made more things examinable, just to make the world feel bigger and more engaging.

    Third, not really a fan of the art style or the interface… the buttons seemed unnecessarily gigantic, for sure. That, combined with the excessive hints system, made it feel like the game was trying to insult my intelligence… which was really weird when many of the game’s best jokes were actually quite clever and subtle.

    Fourth, it seems like the scope of the episodes has been very limited… I could travel ANYWHERE in time, and I keep going to the 80′s and the 30′s. However, as the final episode hasn’t come out yet as I write this, I could very well be wrong about this in the long run. Hopefully there’ll be at least a brief jaunt to a more exotic time period.

    My complaints are mostly with the game’s mechanics, rather than the story and voice acting, which I’ve actually enjoyed a great deal. I think they didn’t do a bad job at all when it comes to the story and dialogue, but nobody likes bugs, and it’s so easy that it’s almost an interactive movie rather than a game. Considering it is, after all, based on the movies, that may be intentional, but I still think they could have provided a more challenging and rich experience without sacrificing the game’s good traits.

  • Senna4ever

    June 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I agree with Jehauri.
    The BttF game sucks nuts.
    Even as a HUGE point n’ click fan and an even bigger BttF fan, the game just disapoints on pretty much every level.

    It’s too damn easy, so much so it may as well not be a game at all.
    These style games main selling point is puzzles, and this game makes them so damn easy you need not stop and think.

    Yeah the story is “interesting”, yeah the acting is good…but it’s a game frist and foremost, it’s the gameplay that makes htis game such a let down.

    They should have just relased this as a CG movie instead of a game…cos that is what it really is.

  • July 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Hey James, I’ve never left a comment before, but for some reason i felt now was about time. I fucking LOVE your videos, i think i’m watching them all through for the third time now.

    Don’t know what else to say, but keep up the awesome work and I look forward to the AVGN movie in the not too distant future.

    p.s. you’re awesome

  • July 2, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Wow! I was a great fan of the Sierra games and liked to play click-n-play games on my NES (with limited success, because the puzzles often were so god damn complcated). This one seems really interesting.

    About the equipment; In some games you actually see what the guys are carrying. For example, in RE5 you see most of the stuff that the two characters carry around. Maybe not everything, but anyway.

    Thanks for a nice review. If I ever play a PC game again I will seriously consider this one.

  • July 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Also King’s Quest V was on the NES.

  • July 12, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    I’ve play the demo so far .. but I’m really interested in this game ..
    Watching this video only makes me want me to play it now.. >..<

  • Schloss Ritter

    July 22, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Sierra also spoofed the seemingly infinite carrying capacity in Leisure Suit Larry 2, with the Grotesque Gulp (5 gallon soda) item.

  • August 1, 2011 at 11:07 am

    you know it would be interesting if you did a AVGN episode on this game

  • August 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

    and for starters this one is about the story not the gameplay

  • Kroni

    August 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    James you’re right about the Mcfly thing. George looks like Artie, Marty Jr. looks like Marty, and as we see in Episode 5, adult William looks like Seamus, (William is the first Mcfly born in America that peed on Marty for those of you who don’t know, and Seamus was his father.) Since they both look like Marty, that means Marty Jr.’s son and grandson should look like George again!

  • August 18, 2011 at 3:34 am

    i just god all episodes gona have a blast playing them :)

  • TigerCatBrandon

    September 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks, James, for Covering Adventure games. My cousin and I enjoy them a lot together. We solve the mysteries with eachtother.

  • CameronSherry

    September 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    What a kick ass Zelda t-shirt. Want.

  • deepcello

    September 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    finally a good back to the future game

  • LicaWolf

    October 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    James’ reaction when he’s told is a Back to the Future game was hilarious :P

    I just finished playing them all, and personally I think they’re great. But I agree with Likkyzero that this is the kind of game in which is “story” first, “playability” second.

    I loved how cinematographic the whole game feels, the camera angles and everything. When I got stuck in a puzzle (usually out of sheer stupidity, because all the puzzles are really easy) I got annoyed how it interrupted the flow of the game, because, for me, it felt more like watching a movie with a little of interactivity. I didn’t want to stop for a long time and interrupt the story… so I’m perfectly okay with them being really easy games. Of course the voice acting was top notch, and the attention to details is just delicious. I love how well tied the games are to the movies. (Definitely a must for any Back to the Future fan).

    My only complaints: the games are really buggy, they should have beta-tested them more. Small bugs like the lip-syncing being off at times are okay, but I encountered at least three bugs that forced me to stop playing, one of them was a fatal bug in the last chapter. I had to google how to solve it without having to start again the episode. But all in all, I loved the games.

    I used to love Maniac Mansion for the NES when I was a child. I was never able to do shit, and I couldn’t understand a word of english back then, but I thought it was awesome because it was such a different game xD

    You know… that game would make a good AVGN episode, just saying… :)

  • October 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    How about an update James?

    Now all 5 parts are out a mini review would be cool to see

  • Twsm

    November 6, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I was kinda disappointed bij the puzzles themselves, but is was nice to see some backstory of the franchise.

    For people who want to try a point and click adventure for the first time, It’s okay, but I think Telltale did a much better job with Tales of Monkey Island.

  • November 14, 2011 at 12:12 am

    looks like a LOT of FUN if you enjoy point and click adventures. like james said, how could you pull off a side scroller in bttf? simple. make it arcade action like the simpsons, teenage mutant ninja turtles, double dragon, and so on. side scrolling arcade theme would work so well for this game.

  • ZZCOOL

    January 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    if i could unplay it and replay every episode i would one of the best games i have ever played it’s like the back to the future movie that was never made i need a sequel NOW

  • Fracassi

    February 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Just bought a ps3 and ep. 1 is a free download. It’s pretty fun. Although I can play Maniac Mansion any day of the week. Didn’t some of the SCTV guys make a Maniac Mansion TV show?

  • likalaruku

    March 9, 2012 at 6:22 am

    I LOVE this series.

  • Gamefan113

    March 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I love when James reverts to his angry nerd character when he’s told that the game is Back To The Future.

  • Jayeff

    March 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    did they not realize the gun’s a “kid’s gun” ? :3

  • The French Frog

    March 31, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Do you know the point’n click from Sokal ? They are the most beautiful and interesting I’ve ever saw !

  • The French Frog

    March 31, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Do you know the Sokal point’n click ? They are the most beautiful and iteresting games I’ve ever seen !

  • MAXY4444

    May 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I LOVE BACK TO THE FUTURE
    I downloaded all the episodes from internet.
    I win the whole game in three days
    it was AWESOME!!!

  • barkmoney

    May 4, 2012 at 2:44 am

    @Jayeff That’s because it’s Kid Tannen’s gun.

  • January 28, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Thanks man I love this game and the movie

  • January 28, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I’M NERDING THE FUCK OUT OF MY SELF

  • Utrom Shredder

    February 10, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I practically laughed my pants off(literally) when James said how does he play the PC.

  • thatrandomperson

    June 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I just wish I know how the PS3 version is. Mike and/or James should make a video for it.

  • Brennan Martinez

    September 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I laughed at how the shitty Back To The Future music started playing and James was thinking to himself, “Oh shit, not this again!!!”

  • Kjetil håvås

    May 12, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I like TV console. I,m not so good at computer games.

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