Steam Sales and a Cheapskate Gamer
In a move destined to earn me endless ridicule from my "hardcore" gaming friends I decided to take advantage of a deal this week. Sometimes it's just too hard to resist a sale on Steam.
Why ridicule? Well, unlike most of my other gaming pursuits this game is a bit lower key and higher brow.
I wasn't lining anyone up in my sights, hurtling 6 figure cars down the racetracks of Europe or trying to figure out what I was supposed to do with the orange propulsion gel. Instead I was spending time with some old friends.
Back to the Future: The Game was offered on Steam for $10 during a mid-week sale. Normally the game is $24.99.
Following on the storyline of the original movie trilogy the game is set 6 months after the third Back to the Future film. We open on a very familiar shopping mall parking lot with a certain Delorean prominently featured. The first 5 minutes of the game mirror the first movie until we discover something's not quite right.
The game is divided into 5 stand alone episodes which were released between December 2010 and June 2011. A number of the game's characters are voiced by the original actors from the movie trilogy including Christopher Lloyd as Doc "Emmet" Brown. Currently, all five episodes are included in the price.
You play the character of Marty McFly interacting with other characters in Hill Valley. Movement is accomplished with either arrow keys or mouse movements. I played the PC version of the game using mouse and keyboard. As of this writing there is also a MAC, IPAD and PS3 version available that allow movement via their own control surfaces.
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