Back to the Future: The Game Articles RSS Feed | Back to the Future: The Game RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 5 Reasons Why Telltale Should Start Working on a Star Wars Game Fri, 26 May 2017 10:59:44 -0400 Nick Lee

Now that Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy series has ended, there's certainly room for another major space adventure in the company's catalog -- but one that takes place in a galaxy far, far away. Telltale has proven they're able to handle a variety of settings in the game type, and bringing their unique style to the Star Wars universe would be absolutely amazing. 

Star Wars is the one universe that needs a return to personal storytelling coupled with dynamic game play. While Star Wars: The Old Republic provides a story line full of choices, not since Knights of the Old Republic have gamers been able to effect game play on a truly personalized level.

So why, exactly, should Telltale games be working with Lucasfilm and Disney as soon as possible? Let's take a look. 

KOTOR Revival

The classic game and its sequel allowed players to explore a diverse expanded universe while maintaining two separate stories. Telltale often allows players to take on more narrative control, however mundane certain elements they may seem at times, amping up the importance of choice. Giving gamers a wider range of narrative choices is something even KOTOR didn't fully allow, so Telltale could truly revolutionize the way storytelling is done in the Star Wars universe.

On top of that, KOTOR's deep story left gamers with a lasting impression, something other games in the universe have (in ways) failed to do. In gaming, far more liberties are taken with established IPs, and more concepts are often expanded upon to truly fit the narrative of the universe's other canon media.

A Telltale Game's series could revolve around eras we've not fully explored in other media, such as the time just before the Prequel Trilogy or the 30 years between RotJ and TFA. 

Utilizing Story, Not Just Combat

While most games in the Star Wars universe maintain a rough balance of 70% combat and 30% story, Telltale utilizes a near opposite formula that could allow for more in-depth storytelling. While this may not be what all Star Wars gamers are looking for, players of Telltale's games would appreciate being able to take control of any character from the universe and participating in the deeply personal stories that surround them.

Whether that character is well known or a new introduced one, a game like this lends itself to multiple types of stories.

The Ability to Feature Canon Stories

At Star Wars Celebration Orlando, the panel for Battlefront 2 revealed that the story of Iden Versio would be a canon one, opening the gateway for more canon stories in gaming. While this will mark the first original canon story in gaming franchise history since the canon reboot by Disney, Telltale could work on following this up with their own original character, where the story would be entirely dependent on what the majority of gamers chose. Combining this with a canon Star Wars character would be amazing, as it would be another first for the universe and gaming.   

A SWTOR Alternative

While SWTOR may be adding stories that continue to change the game's online universe, there are no other games allowing such story choice in Star Wars gaming. Telltale is the prime candidate for filling this gap -- because MMO's aren't for everyone. Further, SWTOR's PC exclusivity alienates even more of the gamer market. Switching this to a game more gamers can access would return that feeling of KOTOR mentioned earlier, while not entirely disrupting what SWTOR is doing, and continues to do.

The Continued Progress of Telltale Games

It's not often we get to talk about the change of a company from its founding to the present, but Telltale's rise is a story worth Lucasfilms and Disney taking note of. Founded in 2004, Telltale Games employs many designers that formerly worked for LucasArts. Their first game, a poker simulator, may not have been at all what we think of them for today, but over time, the company showed their dynamic range and others took notice. They went on to work on multiple CSI games and a Wallace & Gromit game, with it all culminating to a Back to the Future game and the now famous The Walking Dead series.

The studio found their niche and what fans responded the to most. Being able to not only create games based on supremely popular franchises but do those franchises justice, is outstanding. Star Wars fans should look at the rise of the company and realize they not only can be trusted with the brand, but that they'll bring new ways to look at our well known heroes without distorting them.


The case for Telltale Games to get to work on a Star Wars game is very clear; it boils down to the fans not having enough alternatives and the in-depth stories they'd tell. 

Telltale could truly give us something both familiar and entirely new, and the pairing would be perfect. Until then, stay tuned to GameSkinny for all things Star Wars gaming.

Criminally Underrated Adventure Games You Can Play on Your iPhone Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:16:38 -0500 chopchamen

iOS has been a source of some pretty quality gaming titles over the past few years. There have been many good games, apps and adaptions, but there's always those games that are less noticed or those that have had a less than favorable rating from the small amount of people that have played them.

In this list, we're going to look at some of the more honorable mentions from the past several years that either got overlooked or were unfortunately shot down by the first people to play them.

1. Dead Eyes

Dead Eyes is a turn-based tactical game in which you have to evade zombies and get to an objective for each level. If any zombie has direct sight of you (horizontally or vertically), the darn zed will follow you. If you break from their sight, they will go to the last square they saw you, which can make some of the levels a pain in the butt. Good news: You can also make zombies walk into each other, stunning them for a few turns.

Everything can get fairly intense, especially seeing every zombie chasing you all at once.

You can get Dead Eyes on iOS for $2.99.

2. In Fear I Trust

In Fear I Trust is a first-person horror game in which you play as a man who has the ability of retrospective visions, meaning he can view the past and find important hints and clues. Your goal is to escape a horrifying facility, where you come across many obstacles and puzzles along the way. Something else that's cool about it? It's got a very noticeable Condemned 2: BloodShot vibe going on.

You can get In Fear I Trust on iOS for $2.99.

3. Back to the Future: The Game

Back to the Future: The Game is one of TellTale's best "make your own decisions" adventure games. Telling the story of the zany Doc Brown and always quirky Marty McFly, it's a pretty fun game that can be played multiple times, taking you on different paths every time.

You play Back to the Future: The Game on iOS for free.  

4. The Shadow Sun

The Shadow Sun is a Western Action RPG with a deep single player experience. Featuring a gripping story, important player choices, dynamic NPC dialogues and multiple ways of solving quests, The Shadow Sun provides hours of gameplay. There is even a character creation and a skill system. The combat seems to take certain elements from both Final Fantasy 12 and The Elder Scrolls Online.

You can get The Shadow of the Sun on iOS for $2.99.

5. Taichi Panda

Taichi Panda is a goofy and thrilling adventure hack and slash MMO RPG. It has a player progression system (skills, equipment, pets, etc.), online multiplayer with real-time PvP and team dungeons, fast-paced action gameplay, challenges, bosses much more (Yeah, it's got a lot of content).

Even better: You can get Taichi Panda on iOS for free! 

There you have it! Although these games were underrated, they're diamonds in the rough, so to speak. 

What do you think? Do you agree that these are good, and are unjustly underrated? Do you have any other mentions worth bringing up? Let us know in the comments! 

Telltale Games get the Humble Bundle treatment Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:52:01 -0400 Scott Simpson

The good folks over at Humble Bundle have served up their latest bundle, and this time they've teamed up with adventure game specialists Telltale Games to provide it. A selection of the company's best, including The Walking Dead series, The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, and Game of Thrones, among others, are all up for grabs. 

The full list of games available is as follows:

Pay $1 or more to unlock:
  • Back to the Future: The Game
  • Sam & Max: Devil's Playhouse
  • Poker Night at the Inventory
  • Puzzle Agent 1 & 2
  • The Walking Dead - Season 1
Pay more than the average ($8.19 at the time of writing) to also unlock:
  • The Walking Dead: 400 days Add-on
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Poker Night 2
  • Tales from the Borderlands
  • More games coming soon!
Pay $12 or more to also unlock
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Walking Dead - Season 2

So if you want to get your hands on some Telltale goodness, head on over the Humble Bundle website. The bundle runs until April 26, so there's still 12 days left to get your hands on it, with more games still to be added (don't worry though, you won't miss out if you purchase before that happens).

For those unfamiliar with the Humble Bundle, here's how it works. You pay whatever you want (providing it's at least $1), and they throw a bunch of games at you. However, paying more unlocks higher tiers, which of course means more goodies. Not only that, proceeds get split between the developers, a charity of your choice, and Humble Bundle themselves, with you able to decide who gets what.

Telltale's Back To The Future set for re-release Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:48:48 -0400 Curtis Dillon

Telltale Games is set to re-release its 2010 Back To The Future: The Game series on PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360. The series will be releasing both digitally and physically on October 13 in the U.S and October 16 in Europe.

Telltale will be releasing the series titled as a "30th Anniversary Edition", marking the diamond anniversary of the original movie - and of course the year Marty McFly travels to in the Delorean. This new version of the game will have updated textures, as well as new voiceover work from Tom Wilson, the real-life actor of Biff Tannen. It already features the voice of Christopher Lloyd. There will also be behind-the-scenes videos.

Telltale's Back To The Future: The Game takes place after the original trilogy and sees Marty travel to a variety of timelines throughout the 5 episode arc. He goes into a Prohibition Era Hill Valley, Wild West Hill Valley and a Dystopian Hill Valley, among others.

The series has a fairly mediocre score on Metacritic, currently sitting at 66/100. However, I personally enjoyed the series a lot. It doesn't feature the moral choices and big consequence choices that Telltale has become known for, but it's still a very fun seris that fans of the movies will likely enjoy.

We're only about two weeks away from release. If you're on the fence about getting it, find out where it sits in our ranking of Telltale's best series. For all things Telltale and gaming, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

Ranking Telltale Games Series' Thu, 04 Jun 2015 02:30:01 -0400 Curtis Dillon


What's next? Telltale are currently developing episodes for Tales From The Borderlands and Game of Thrones, both of which have been very commercially and critically successful thus far.


Following those two series', later this year, the studio is set to release the first episode of Minecraft: Story Mode, its take on the mega-popular game (that one's still a head-scratcher). After that the third season of The Walking Dead is set to be revealed, then Telltale's first ever original IP, which will somehow tie-in with a TV show. And finally, the studio recently announced a partnership with Marvel to make a superhero-related game.


All in all, Telltale Games is, quite possible, the busiest and fastest growing developer in the entire games industry. They have 2 ongoing series, 3 upcoming, and have hinted at a 2nd season of The Wolf Among Us. The future is incredibly bright for Telltale Games and I for one can't wait for that Squirrel Girl game! Fingers crossed!


1, The Walking Dead Season 1


This isn't exactly a surprise, is it? To be honest, I'm very torn between both seasons of The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, as to which is the best. But then I recall all the emotions and jaw-dropping choices I had to make in that first season, back when it was unique and shocking, and it has to take the crown.


Lee and Clementine's journey through a scary and confusing world is one of gaming's crowning achievements in story-telling and emotional investment.


2. The Wolf Among Us


The Wolf Among Us is a strange beast, no pun intended. It arrived after The Walking Dead, seemingly out of nowhere, and based on a fairly obscure comic book series. That's not discounting the comics though, they are incredible and I highly recommend you read a few before playing the game.


The story of Bigby Wolf and the mysterious serial killer in Fabletown was a truly amazing one. The Wolf Among Us features some of Telltale's best action sequences, visuals, and tough choices to date. Sadly, with so many upcoming projects (through 2017), a 2nd season seems unlikely in the near future.


3. the Walking Dead Season 2


Season 2 of Telltale's breakout hit, The Walking Dead, was arguably every bit as good as the first season. That's not a statement to be taken lightly, considering how heralded and beloved the first season is, and rightfully so. And yet Telltale pulled off an incredible feat. and gave Clementine a great 2nd outing. Each episode felt different and the story continued to escalate...but I really don't wanna spoil anything. So go play it. Like right now!


4. Back to the Future: the Game


Back To The Future: The Game was the first major license that Telltale got to work with and the results were pretty good. This series honestly doesn't get the recognition it deserves - Christopher Lloyd even returned to lend his signature vocals for Doc Brown.


The game sees Marty and Doc jump from 1986 to 1931, an alternate 1986, and 1876. Each time period offered a distinct visual and fun story, from town fair to prohibition, with a little dictatorship thrown in for good measure.


5. Tales of Monkey Island


Besides Sam & Max, Tales Of Monkey Island was the first big success for Telltale. The game was based on the popular LucasArts property, Monkey Island. A truly funny script and challenging puzzles, not to mention charming visuals, were the lauded aspects of Tales of Monkey Island.


6. Jurassic Park


Jurassic Park was the second huge license that Telltale Games got its hands on but unfortunately it didn't live up to the namesake. If you've heard of this game, it's unlikely you've heard anything good but it's not as bad as people like to say. If you are a big Jurassic Park and want to see a fully-realized Isla Nublar then check it out!


Telltale Games is one of the fastest rising developers in the industry. The company has been making games for a long time now but it wasn't until The Walking Dead released in 2012 that its stock sky-rocketed.


Now Telltale Games is working on lots of projects, all of which are highly-anticipated. But which series has been Telltale's best? This list will count down the best series' from Telltale Games in the past 5 years, excluding Tales From The Borderlands and Game of Thrones since they are ongoing. So read on and find out which series ranks as Telltale's best to date!

Humble Indie Bundle X Adds 3 More Games Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:21:27 -0500 Courtney Gamache

As if the Humble Indie Bundle X wasn't amazing as is was with the starting games, they've added three more games that will be difficult to deny.

Starting Games in Humble Indie Bundle X

The games that made up the arrival of the X bundle include Reus, To the Moon, Joe Danger 2: The Movie, Papo & Yo, and the infamous Surgeon Simulator 2013. For a full compilation please either refer to my earlier article, or the Humble Bundle website itself. Within both links are details pertaining to all of the games said above, which are all available on Steam

Holy Batman, 3 More Games!

Although the Humble Indie Bundle X started out strong, they're going the distance by adding three more games that will complete your Steam library.

  • HOARD - As the title implies, you'll be hoarding something indeed, and in this game it is gold. You'll be playing as a dragon whose goal is to gain the most gold possible. In this arcade-style game, you'll have the pleasure of scaring villagers and burning them to the ground. Burn, baby burn!
  • Strike Suit Zero - Set in the future (286 years exact), this spaceship simulator game gives you a universe where Earth is near extinction and in need of dire help. The fate of the world rests upon the Strike Suit ship, which you are in command over. Destroy your enemies and save the day, or there won't be a tomorrow.
  • Toki Tori 2+ - It's time for adventure as you set through this very vast land in this puzzle platformer game. Playing as a cute yellow bird, you sure might get angry when facing the puzzles that get in your way.
More games, but what price?

Even though the Humble Indie Bundle X has added these new games, the price still remains at the small amount of $5.32 (USD). Keep in mind, the proceeds will, of course, go to charity, and you'll get hours of wonderful games. The charities included are Child's Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Review - Back to the Future: The Game - A Franchise Better Left to the Past Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:59:01 -0400 Poetic Stanziel

So apparently I had Back to the Future as one of my purchases, alongside The Walking Dead, on my Telltale Games account. I don't even recall purchasing it back in April. Perhaps it was part of a bundle.

First off, you don't play a Telltale game for the action or the complex puzzles. You play for the immersion and the story. At least, that was my experience with The Walking Dead. I quite enjoyed that experience.

I've gone through two episodes of Back to the Future so far, to give the game a fair shake. I won't be playing through any of the other episodes. I enjoyed the movies well enough, 25 years ago. The game does capture some of the spirit and humour of the films, but it mostly falls flat. It has too much of a Scooby-Doo feel to it, with respect to the action and puzzles.

The Walking Dead puzzles were pretty straight-forward, mostly because they were grounded in a sort-of-reality. The action wasn't cartoonish, thus the puzzles weren't either; there was real-world logic to the puzzle-solving. Back to the Future goes in the opposite direction. I can admit that I was stumped on a few of the puzzles for a while simply because they didn't make a lot of sense to me. They might have made sense to a twelve-year old; kids are more immediately versed in the rhythms of Saturday morning cartoon logic. I haven't been twelve for many years, though.

For instance, you give an item to Einstein the dog to sniff and he will immediately bring you to the owners of those items, even if those items have no scent trails for the dog to follow. Filling an inkwell with chloroform will somehow knock out a near-sighted artist. Switching up the mood of a speakeasy performer's songlist will convince a down-on-his-luck cop to start spilling his soul and turn his life around... And so on.

Most of the puzzles take leaps of logic to solve. Which I did not enjoy. I was hoping for more of the films and less of a Saturday morning. (Granted, the film trilogy did become increasingly cartoonish as it continued on past the first film.)

The story itself is fine, disregarding the puzzles to get through it. It begins where the films left off. Marty is back in 1986 Hill Valley. Doc hasn't been seen in a few months. Marty eventually learns that Doc is trapped in 1931 Hill Valley, where he will eventually be murdered by local mobster Kid Tannen (Biff's grandfather.) Marty springs into action with the DeLorean to save his friend.

The voice acting is fine to great, throughout. A.J. Locascio voices Marty McFly and does a bang-up Michael J. Fox impression. Christopher Lloyd reprises his role as Doc Brown and he too brings life back to the character. The rest of the voice acting is fine, not distracting; the actors do well-enough jobs given their roles.

Where problems come in, it's with characterization. Other than Marty and Doc, most of the characters are flat, downright dull, dimensionless. Nothing particularly Biff-like is brought to any of the Tannen roles. The Edna Strickland character is downright annoying. The McFly family too, something is lost in the translation. The only supporting role that was made interesting, did have some depth, was teen Emmett Brown (young 1931 Doc Brown.)

The user interface is quite clunky and often ruins any immersion that the game might be sort-of accomplishing. Thankfully, two years later, with the release of The Walking Dead, they cleared all those user interface annoyances up.

Another oddity, why would Telltale buy the rights to a 25 year old franchise? It was probably cheap enough, I suppose, and allowed them to demonstrate their Telltale Story system on something recognizable, without a lot of financial risk. The current gaming generation likely has no experience at all with the films. Struck me as an odd choice, though I'm sure Telltale had their good reasons.

Unless you're simply a gigantic fan of the Back to the Future series, I would not recommend this game to you. It captures some of the spirit of the original, but not nearly enough to make for an engaging or rewarding experience.