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Developer: Telltale Games
Price: $6.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Judging episodic content on the basis of one episode – particularly the last – is a little pointless. While background reading isn’t usually necessary for our reviews, take some time out to read up on the previous 4 episodes of Back to the Future.

Odds are that two different types of reader are consulting this review. Ones who have bought the previous 4 episodes and are considering a fifth and final purchase, in which case they almost certainly should skip past this review and click buy. Then there are the ones who have waited for all five episodes before considering a purchase of the full set. Add the variable of being a Back to the Future movie fan, and these people should still get on with downloading the full set. Adventure gamer fans will also find some benefit here, although it’s a shame that the full season has been a little mixed. Fortunately, Back to the Future has gone out with a bang – Episode Five is my favorite of the lot.

The episode starts with Marty waking up in the 1930s trying to stop Edna and the future Doc. That’s about all I’m going to say for fear of spoilers. The voice acting is as strong as ever, made all the better by a cameo appearance by Michael J. Fox, which provides some wonderful fan service.

It’s the puzzles that sell the title more so. They’re nowhere near as frustrating as previous episodes and the hint system is actually useful, although such puzzles won’t test the avid adventure gamer by any means.

Back to the Future Episode 5 might be more of the same, technically (warts and all), but it ensures that the season ends on a high note with a selection of strong set pieces to enthral. Much like any great film or piece of writing, it means that players get to the end and are left with a good taste in their mouth rather than strong memories of the weaknesses of earlier episodes. Back to the Future film fans will feel particularly satisfied at the results.

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