Back to the Future Part III

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Back to the Future Part III
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Arena Entertainment (US)
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Master System
Image Works (EU)
Developer:
Licensor: Universal City Studios, Amblin Entertainment
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-69046
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-69046-50
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[1][2] T-69046-50
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
BR
043040
Sega Master System
EU
MK 27020-50
Sega Master System
PT
Sega Master System
UK
£32.9932.99[3] MK 27020-50
Sega Master System
AU

Back to the Future Part III, often simply known as Back to the Future III, is a video game released for the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Master System. It is based on the 1990 film with the same name.

Gameplay

Levels

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The Buckboard Chase
Back to the Future Part III starts with a notoriously hard level, in which players, controlling Doc Brown riding a horse, need to catch up with love interest Clara Clayton before she falls into a ravine. A/1 fires a gun in the direction of the D-Pad (unless pointing downwards, where Doc can pick up fallen objects for extra points), while B/2 makes the horse jump. While the game offers no limit on how many times the level can be attempted, if Doc is hit and subsequently falls off the horse three times, he will begin again from the start.

The speed of play, combined with artistic choices and the constant barrage of threats makes this stage far more challenging than later levels. Obstacles (which are not always easy to distinguish from the background) quickly emerge from the right (save for bandits which chase Doc from the left and fire at him) and require quick reflexes to avoid (to the point where it becomes more of a memory test). Much of the game's negative press comes from this level alone.

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The Shooting Gallery
This segment is missing from the Master System version of the game.
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Pie Throwing
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The Train

History

Release

Back to the Future Part III was received poorly due to its short length and brutal difficulty level, particularly that of its first stage.

Versions

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source: In-game credits (title screen)


Master System version

Copyright UCS and Amblin 1991
All rights reserved
Source: In-game credits (intro demo)


Magazine articles

Main article: Back to the Future Part III/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Mega Drive print advert in Sega Visions (US) #6: "Fall 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:

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Master System print advert in Mega Force (ES) #6: "Octubre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:

page=56

Master System print advert in Mega Force (ES) #7: "Noviembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:

page=61

Master System print advert in Mega Force (ES) #11: "Marzo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
33
[8]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK) PAL
77
[9]
Génération 4 (FR)
81
[10]
Joystick (FR) NTSC
56
[11]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
25
[12]
Mega Action (UK)
62
[13]
Mega Force (FR) NTSC-U
55
[14]
Mean Machines (UK)
77
[15]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
77
[16]
Power Play (DE)
21
[17]
Sega Power (UK)
35
[18]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-U
28
[19]
Sega Force (SE)
54
[20]
Supergame (BR)
79
[21]
Sega Mega Drive
54
Based on
14 reviews
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Back To The Future Part III MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
BttF3 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
BttF3 MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR) PAL
50
[22]
Console XS (UK) PAL
79
[23]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK) PAL
67
[24]
Hobby Consolas (ES) PAL
79
[25]
Joypad (FR) PAL
49
[26]
Joystick (FR) PAL
63
[27]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
70
[28]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
68
[29]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
68
[30]
Player One (FR) PAL
28
[31]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
35
[32]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
73
[33]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
79
[34]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
33
[35]
User (GR) PAL
88
[36]
Sega Master System
62
Based on
15 reviews
Master System, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, PT
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Cover
BttF3 SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU
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Cover
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Cart
Back To The Future Part III Master System AU Manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 66a388c3
MD5 165288c22589ef8c1a41e31215b52c34
SHA-1 a704a1538fb4392e4631e96dce11eeff99d9b04a
512kB 1991-07 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 2737f92e
MD5 412167642219d26ffc5994d07e31c561
SHA-1 c808ee7f6f61c096ab73b68dd181e25fdcfde243
512kB 1991-07 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 2d48c1d3
MD5 3d24a52e98e6c85d7c059386451ce749
SHA-1 7d67dd38fea5dba4224a119cc4840f6fb8e023b9
256kB Cartridge (EU)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mean Machines, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-27), page 62
  2. Sega Power, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-06), page 25
  3. Sega Force, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 73
  4. Sega Visions, "Winter 1991/1992" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 9
  5. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 46
  6. Hobby Consolas, "Noviembre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 10
  7. Hobby Consolas, "Marzo 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 15
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 26
  9. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 23
  10. Génération 4, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 140
  11. Joystick, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 156
  12. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 90
  13. Mega Action, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-30), page 80
  14. Mega Force, "Novembre 1991" (FR; 1991-11-19), page 84
  15. Mean Machines, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-27), page 60
  16. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 137
  17. Power Play, "2/93" (DE; 1993-01-xx), page 142
  18. Sega Power, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-06), page 24
  19. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 64
  20. Sega Force, "2/92" (SE; 1992-11-19), page 13
  21. Supergame, "Maio 1992" (BR; 1992-05-xx), page 47
  22. Consoles +, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 102
  23. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 138
  24. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 130
  25. Hobby Consolas, "Agosto 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 46
  26. Joypad, "Septembre 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 86
  27. Joystick, "Septembre 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 176
  28. Micromanía (segunda época), "Octubre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 87
  29. Mean Machines, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-28), page 88
  30. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 132
  31. Player One, "Septembre 1992" (FR; 1992-09-10), page 120
  32. Sega Power, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-06), page 44
  33. Sega Pro, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 54
  34. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 70
  35. Sega Force, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 72
  36. User, "Ioúlios-Ávgoustos 1993" (GR; 1993-0x-xx), page 53


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