Back to the Future: The Game for Wii is a compilation of five game episodes previously available for download on PCs and PS3. The five episodes make up one complete story, so it is nice to have them all in one game. The game itself suffers a bit from the limitations of the Wii software. The graphics and dialog are clunky and transitions are incredibly slow. However, Back to the Future: The Game tells a very entertaining story that fits right in with the theatrical trilogy. The adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown are respectfully continued through this series of episodes.
The episodes can be played in any order, but it is best to start at the beginning and move through the story chronologically. The first episode, “It’s About Time,” begins in 1986 about a year after the events of the first movie. The opening scene recreates the scene in Back to the Future where Doc first shows Marty his DeLorean time machine. This time however the DeLorean carrying the dog Einstein does not return, and Doc starts to fade away. It turns out to all be a bad dream, but Marty soon finds his fears are true. It seems Doc has found himself stranded in 1931 and needs Marty’s help to get back to his wife and children.
The DeLorean has returned. This is much to Marty’s surprise considering he saw it smashed by a train in the third movie. The only passenger in the wayward DeLorean is Einstein. There is a video message from Doc indicating how the duplicate DeLorean was created and that he is in some kind of trouble. This sets Marty off on his adventure to save Doc. Back to the Future: The Game creatively references the movies while offering its own unique story line. Before heading back to 1931 Marty encounters a bitter old lady name Edna Strickland. While it’s not apparent from this initial meeting, Edna becomes an integral part of all five storylines. Edna is the sister of Marty’s vice-principal Mr. Strickland and the granddaughter of Marshal Strickland from the third movie.
Back in 1931 Marty encounters the teenage Doc Brown, a young Edna Strickland, his grandfather Arthur McFly, and Biff’s grandfather Kid Tannen. All five of the episodes swing back and forth between Hill Valley of 1931 and Hill Valley of 1986, with a brief trip to Hill Valley of 1876. Each time Marty attempts to right the wrongs of time travel another time line gets screwed up. In the second episode, “Get Tannen!,” Marty finds his own future compromised upon his return to 1986. He heads back to 1931, but it’s not simply retread of the first episode. New locations are visited and there are encounters with several new characters. However, it is episode three that really turns the story on its head.