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Back To The Future Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Aug 1, 2013.

  • by booman, Aug 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM
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    Back to the Future by Telltale games is an adventure based off the movies except the story sidetracks into a whole new 1930's era where we meet young Doc and learn how he became the amazing scientist. From there the plot unfolds into many different direction as time travel creates many different layers to complicate everything.

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    Wonderful toon-shaded characters and world, free movement around the levels, interesting & ridiculous puzzles, recorded dialog for all characters and the ability to save at any moment.

    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Back to the Future with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the downloaded version from GOG.com. Retail and Steam versions may require additional steps.


    Tips and Specs

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual:
    PlayOnLinux Explained

    Mint 14 32-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.1
    Wine: 1.5.25

    Installing Wine with PlayOnLinux

    Installing different versions of Wine is necessary for running different games because one Wine doesn't work for them all. PlayOnLinux makes it possible to download, install and test your game in all the versions of Wine until you find the right one for your speicific game.

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Tools
    Click "Manage Wine Versions"

    Wine versions manager
    Select 1.5.25
    Click the right-arrow
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    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Click Next
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    Downloading...
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    Extracting
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    Complete
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    Wine and PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Search for "gog.com - Back To The Future The Game"
    Select it
    Click Install
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    Click Next
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    Select "Use a setup file in my computer"
    Click Next
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    Click Browse
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    Navigate to your GOG.com download
    Select "setup_back_to_the_future_1.0.0.8.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next
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    Installing Wine
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    Note: The PlayOnLinux script will automatically download and install 1.4.1 version of Wine, but we will change it to Wine 1.5.25 in a later step.

    Please Wait...
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    Checking File Integrity
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    Check "Yes, I have read and accept..."
    Click "Start Installation"
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    Installing
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    Click "Exit Installer"
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    Simulating a Reboot
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    Shortcuts

    Each chapter will appear as a seperate shortcut in PlayOnLinux
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Click Configure
    Select BackToTheFutureTG_gog virtual drive

    General Tab
    Change the Wine version to 1.5.25
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    Display Tab
    Direct Draw: opengl
    Video Memory size: amount of memory on video card
    Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
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    Graphics Optimizing
    The game automatically ran with the same resolution as my desktop. I was able to change the resolution in-game but it never seemed to work properly.
    Change the resolution of your desktop first, then launch the game
    Start lower first 1360x765 or 1024x768
    If your frames per second is smooth, increase the other graphical settings one at a time.

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    Bugs:
    I had a problem with frame stuttering no matter what settings I configured. The stuttering always occurred right before some dialog. Hopefully this will be fixed as Wine is updated.

    Conclusion:
    Back To The Future ran well enough to play the game. It definitely runs smoother in Windows because you won't have the stuttering problem.... but it is playable. Characters and levels look amazing... and have fun with all the dialog. I'm surprised how much work the put into voice-overs for hundreds of lines of dialog.

    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016

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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Aug 1, 2013.

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