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Back to the Future: Episode 1 HD
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Back to the Future Ep 1 HD -- much like the movies it's based on -- isn't appropriate for younger players because of some profanity, alcoholic references, and mild violence. Mistakenly, iTunes lists the game as not containing any objectionable material.
Is it any good?
The first of a five-part downloadable game series, BACK TO THE FUTURE: EPISODE 1 HD for iPad lets you play as Marty McFly (voiced by a Michael J. Fox sound-alike) three years after the events in the Back to the Future films. As McFly, you must travel back in time to the Prohibition era in the 1930s to rescue Doc (voiced by Christopher Lloyd from the film trilogy) -- but in doing so, you'll run into some resistance by the police, mobsters, and an eager newspaper reporter. By solving puzzles (based on an inventory system), exploring Hill Valley in the early '30s (by walking in a given direction and tapping on objects), and interacting with the townsfolk (by selecting answers from dialogue options), Marty desperately attempts to complete his mission -- without altering the course of history. While fun, the game can be quite sluggish at times, so be sure to close all other iPad apps that might be running at the time (and hopefully, Telltale Games will offer a downloadable fix, too). Plus, the game isn't as interactive as other adventure games, but overall is an enjoyable digital diversion -- especially for fans of the film series.
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