Back To The Future Episode 3: Citizen Brown Review
TellTale Games set themselves no easy task when they took the Back To The Future franchise on board; such a highly regarded piece of 80's pop-culture needed to be handled with a little finesse. The first two episodes of the series proved they had what it takes, but Citizen Brown excels at creating a true Back To The Future feel.
This episode is heavy on the story which makes it exciting; Marty winds up in an alternate 1986 where Hill Valley is under a communist like control, ruled by first citizen Brown. Doc has become the leader of this Orwellian future where alcohol, dogs and other common place practices are illegal. Unfortunately Marty has destroyed the deLorean and he needs the help of first citizen Brown to fix the time machine, and work out just how to fix the predicament he has wound up in.
Citizen Brown immediately stands out as it uses a new setting (the first two episodes were set in the same time period), some interesting puzzles and most importantly a bright and vivid cast.
Unlike the first two episodes, Citizen Brown uses a cast that are straight from the movies. The audience who are most likely Back To The Future fans can instantly identify with the issues at hand, and actively want to see the results as opposed to meeting totally random people and developing a relationship. It seems to work much better than previous episodes and makes for a great experience.
Once again the voice performances are perfect with some great writing and witty dialogue. Back this up with the impressive TellTale engine and you have one great looking and sounding game in your collection.
The episode clocks in around the three hour mark and is a little harder than previous attempts, but it won't challenge adventure game veterans much at all. It's fun and accessible, but don't expect needing a degree in bio-chemistry to be able to solve the games puzzles.
The Back To The Future series was off to a good start, but Citizen Brown has cemented the series into greatness. Offering an exciting setting with characters we already know and love makes this the best episode yet.
We say: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED