Back to the Future: Ep 1 - It's About Time

Back to the Future: Ep 1 - It's About Time

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Walkthrough to It's About Time (Text based) (Spoiler-Free)
By Tom_Videogre
Getting stuck and hints aren't cutting it? Check this guide to getting you through It's About Time!
Introduction and Guide Style
Hello, Welcome to Episode 1: It's About Time of Back To The Future: The Game.
First off before we start the guide...

The posting of this guide on the behalf of DoomDragon8274 and with his full permission to modify and post here for the Steam Guide community

Click here for the original if you aren't in-game, it's much faster and text based[]

- PureNasher

For reference, EXAMINE means to click something that the player can interact
with, and is not the examine item function in Marty's inventory.

This guide only follows the actions needed to complete the game, I highly
recommend exploring all of the other dialogue options available.

Part 1
Choose any of the three options, doesn't matter which.

Again, choose any of the three options, doesn't matter which.


Yet again, choose any of the three options, makes no difference.
Part 2
EXAMINE Town Square Model

"Mind if I see that Court House?"

EXAMINE Marty's Guitar

USE Marty's Guitar on Amplifier

TALK to George

"I can fight my own fights, Dad."

EXAMINE Amplifier Controls

EXAMINE Marty's Guitar


EXAMINE Tape Recorder


USE Shoe on Einstein


"I've got something for you."

USE Shoe on Edna

EXAMINE Binoculars

TALK to Edna

"When did you lose your shoe?"

"An Illegal speakeasy? Cool."

"Where WAS that speakeasy?"

EXAMINE Binoculars

EXAMINE Radiator

EXAMINE Newspapers

Choose any of the three options, it matters not.

EXAMINE Time Circuit Switch

EXAMINE Time Circuit Keypad
Part 3
Choose any of the three options

Choose any of the three options again

Choose any of the three names

Go to the Police Station

EXAMINE Jail Window

"Let's alert the authorities!"

"Let's go back in Time!"

"I guess I could break you out of jail..."

"Where can I find your younger self?"

ENTER the Soup Kitchen

USE Brown Residence Phone Number on Telephone

EXIT Soup Kitchen

Head over to the Courthouse

EXAMINE Courthouse Doors

TALK to Emmett

"I heard you're working on a rocket drill."

Go to the Police Station

EXAMINE Jail Window

"Well, I met your younger self..."

"Your younger self mutters all the time"

"Why is the Expo making you mutter?

EXIT conversation

USE Tape Recorder on Emmett

Head back to the Police Station

USE Tape Recorder on Jail Window

TALK to Emmett

"H Equals the Hamiltonian Operator!"

Choose any of the three options

"I need it TONIGHT!"

TALK to Edna

"Whats the Scoop?"

"You make soup deliveries?"

"I can help deliver soup!"

"What's the Stay Sober Society?

"I know where the Stay Sober Society can meet!"

"At the Brown Residence."

EXIT conversation

ENTER Soup Kitchen

Walk to the left until Cue Ball gets up an taps on the pipes

EXAMINE Kitchen Door

TALK to Emmett

"I can't get into the Kitchen."

Walk to the right until Emmett says "Eureka"

EXAMINE Kitchen Door

TALK to Cue Ball

"Can I have some soup?"

"...chili powder?"

EXAMINE the red pipe next to the exit.

EXIT the Soup Kitchen

TALK to Edna

"I know a charity that needs a soup delivery."

"The Stay Sober Society."

"They're sober."

"They'll be quiet."

"Okay then. Forget the whole thing.

Head over to where Kid Tannen is

"I guess I'm here to shine your shoes..."

"I'm looking for Arthur McFly."

"Isn't that Artie's hat?"

"Can I have some peanuts?"

"What the hell is that!?"

Go back to the park

USE Arthur's Hat on Einstein


TALK to Arthur McFly

"I've got something for you!"

Head to the right, back into main area

Go back towards the Barber Shop where Kid Tannen is.

USE Tape Recorder on Kid Tannen

EXAMINE Einstein


USE Tape Recorder on Arthur McFly

USE Subpoena on Arthur McFly

Choose any of the three options

This next puzzle is randomized and I advise having subtitles on during
this part. The BOLDED words that Emmett says are hints to which thing you need
to EXAMINE, just follow along, and be careful when his father starts using
BOLDED words too, ignore those.

Choose any of the three options

EXAMINE Drill Remains

EXAMINE Edna's Bike
Part 4
Go Right


EXAMINE Toolbox to get Tire Iron

Go Back

Go Left

USE Tire Iron on Spare Tire

EXAMINE Front Window

EXIT Front Window

EXAMINE Rear Window

"I need a distraction!"

USE Antenna on Front Window

Go Back

USE Keys on Doors

USE Hubcap on Kid's Gun


USE Kid's Gun on Shackles

TALK to Doc

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Purewitz Jan 11, 2016 @ 11:36pm 
The booze part you have to stand by young Emmett until the cutscene with Cue Ball tapping the pipe triggers or you can't finsh that part. Pretty much you have to be out of sight from Cue Ball's view near young Emmett to trigger the cutscene and it takes a little time. It took about a minute of standing next to young Emmett for the cutscene to trigger for me.
Zanco Nov 2, 2015 @ 8:15am 
What about the booze part?
Snowcone Guy Jul 16, 2014 @ 7:00am 
meh, still didn't explain how to get the booze.
And when I talk to Edna about delivering the soup to browns house, she says it's to early
MrAske Jan 30, 2014 @ 3:58pm 
Good guide! Well done!