A few days prior to the future in the original Back to the Future film, I decided to review Lego Dimensions' take on the franchise. So hop in your DeLorean and let's travel through time to see what's included in this Level Pack.
This Level Pack includes Marty McFly, the DeLorean car/time machine and the hoverboard. The character model is sporting Marty's 80s style vest and holding a guitar that he uses to smash glass in-game with its Sonar Smash ability. The pink "futuristic" hoverboard can be used to speed up the movement of your character and hover between platforms, though you can't actually fly with it (contrary to the description when upgrading). The hoverboard can be upgraded to the Cyclone Board which gives you a special attack and to the Ultimate Hoverjet. This final form allows you to break silver Lego blocks, but even the fully upgraded hoverboard isn't that useful in the Lego Dimensions universe. Finally, the DeLorean is used to trigger time portals that transport the main characters between time periods. It can be upgraded to the Electric Time Machine and the Ultra Time Machine. In all, this vehicle unlocks some useful abilities such as flying, destroying silver Lego blocks and activating electricity switches. Flying the vehicle is a little awkward and not as fluid as it felt when using characters capable of flight in previous Lego games (much like the Portal 2 Flying Turret Carrier).
The following abilities become available for you to use throughout the Lego Dimensions universe when you purchase this Level Pack:
- Marty McFly: Use your guitar to break glass (sonar smash)
- DeLorean transformations: DeLorean Time Machine (time travel), Electric Time Machine (tow bar [also available for the Batmobile] and trigger electric switches), Ultra Time Machine (destroy silver blocks, fly, use flight docks and cargo hooks)
- Hoverboard transformations: Hoverboard (hover on even surfaces), Cyclone Board (special attack), Ultimate Hoverjet (destroy silver blocks)
Before I go into detail on the story level and adventure world, I must state that I haven't watched the Back to the Future movies so some references may have gone over my head when playing. Nevertheless, I did do some research on the franchise to better familiarize myself with the plot and characters. The story level takes you through some iconic scenes from the films. You start out in a room full of Dr. Emmett Brown's inventions where you break and build bricks until you unlock the hoverboard then build a large speaker system. In the next scene, you're taken to a parking lot outside of a mall where you build the DeLorean time machine while fighting off bad guys that keep throwing destructive bananas at you. The time machine takes you to a barn where you must build the time travel switch again in order to get to the final level that follows a classic scene from the first movie. In this scene, Dr. Emmett Brown stands on top of the town hall while you connect giant plugs to send electricity to the time travel switch when the lightning next strikes. Overall, the level seemed short and I think that was because I wasn't actually playing for a lot of it since I was primarily watching video clips. Thankfully, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd offer a great deal of authenticity to these rather humorous scenes.
The adventure world unlocked with this pack gave me the most satisfaction out of any of the worlds included in the base game or the other Level Packs at launch. The reason is that you actually get three different versions of Hill Valley as it stands in 1895 (from the third movie), 1985 and 2015 (from the second movie). A time travel switch can be used to go back or forward in time and when you do, your actions in the past affect the worlds in the future. For example, watering a tree in the past will make it appear fully grown in the present where you can now smash it and get a gold brick. Each period of time is a simplified model of the area around the town hall with its own unique characteristics as if you get to play three different adventure worlds. In 1895, the hall is just being built in an Old West style village of what would later be Hill Valley. The 1985 world has its 80s soundtrack playing while you walk around the now well established town. In the future version of the town (2015), you'll find new items like a hoverboard park and an aptly placed Portal 2 Excursion Funnel.
To my surprise, I enjoyed playing this Level Pack the most out of the three that were available at launch. Though the story level leaves some brick-breaking fun to be desired, the expansive and unique adventure world more than makes up for it.
- + It's great to hear the same cast from the 30 year old movie
- + Large adventure world has a unique layout
- + DeLorean unlocks multiple useful abilities
- - Too many video clips and not enough gameplay in the story level
- - The level is a bit on the short side
- - Hoverboard isn't that useful of an item