Back to the Future 3

Back to the Future 3
a game by Probe Software, Mirrorsoft, and Arena
Genre: Action
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 4.8/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Movie-Based Games, Time Travel Games, Back to the Future Games

Marty McFly is on a mission to save Doc from the evil bad guy Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. When Doc arrived in 1885, Mad Dog has been gunning to get Doc. Marty must set out and save Doc before it's too late. There are four different scenes to accomplish: The Buck-board Chase, Shooting Gallery, Pie Throwing and a final pie throwing stage to finally overthrow Mad Dog. Relive the excitement with Arena!

People say:


This game tries to capture the "magic" of the movie, while delivering solid action. In the end, it fails at both. Although the pace of play does match the film, the execution of the different scenes is so poor that I really found little interest in continuing my quest. Nice graphics in some levels, but much too little overall.


This cart needs work. There isn't enough action and the game play leaves a lot to be desired. The game doesn't seem to be directed at a specific age group so I can't say it would be better for the younger players. While it does resemble the movie, and some of the graphics are very well done, it doesn't come through.


Back to the Future 3 should go back to programmers. The graphics look good but that's only when the game is paused. The animation is choppy and the sounds are definitely substandard. This is one cart which is missing the boat entirely. There was no fun at all when I played through it.


Back to the Future 3 is a disappointment from start to finish! The character control is so horrible, scenes that should be simple become overly frustrating! The graphics are good in certain areas, poor in others. What I really want is a RPG encompassing all 3 movies, including cool driving sequences where you travel in time.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Game Reviews

Marty and Doc are up to their crazy time travelin' antics again in Back to the Future III. They've traveled back to the year 1885 -- the Wild West -- so Marty can save a friend from a premature demise. What they don't know is that in order to make it through the four parts of this adventure, they must survive some wild and wooly western-style events, such as avoiding gunshots atop a speeding locomotive and battling it out with gunslingers on horseback. Can Marty and Doc save the future? Only the past will tell.

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Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Screenshots

See Also

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Wild Guns
The game's setting is that of the Wild West but various science fiction elements are present; most notably robots, who serve as most of the bosses in the game.