Back to the Future: The Game is an episodic graphic adventure based on the film franchise Back to the Future. Telltale was assisted in writing the game’s story by Bob Gale, co-creator, co-writer, and co-producer of the film trilogy. Original actors Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd agreed to have their likenesses used in the game as Marty McFly and Doc Brown, respectively. Although Lloyd reprises his role as Doc, A.J. Locascio plays Marty, and Fox later appears in the final episode to voice two cameo roles, reprising his role as future versions of Marty McFly as well as playing his forefather William.
The game is divided into five episodes that are available on various gaming platforms, with the first episode being released on December 22, 2010 for Microsoft Windows and OS X. In February 2011, PlayStation 3 and iOS versions were released. Episodes 2–5 were released from February to June 2011, with the final episode on June 23, 2011. Telltale Games released the series in North America as retail products for the PlayStation 3 and Wii consoles. On May 4, 2012, Deep Silver released the retail PlayStation 3 and Wii versions for Europe. On October 13, 2015, Telltale Games released the game on PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One to commemorate the film’s 30th anniversary. Tom Wilson, who played Biff Tannen in the films, provides updated voice work for the ports (Biff was voiced by Kid Beyond in the original release).
The player controls Marty as he explores the 3D environments, moving around with the keyboard, mouse, or game controller. To solve puzzles and advance the game, the player can have Marty examine objects, talk to non-player characters (via conversation trees), and perform specific actions. Some items can be collected and stored in Marty’s inventory before being used to interact with other characters or objects. The game displays a list of current goals for the player to complete in order to progress in the game. The player can use the hint system to reveal one clue at a time from a list of cryptic clues for how to solve a specific puzzle.
Six months after the events of Back to the Future Part III, the DeLorean Time Machine mysteriously returns to Hill Valley-driverless! Now, Marty must go back to 1931 to recruit the help of a reluctant teenage Emmett Brown in order to save 1985's Doc from certain death. Can they repair the rifts of the past without accidentally erasing the future?