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Episode 3: Citizen Brown

Telltale Games



Release date

March 28, 2011


Episodic series


Single player


PC, Mac (download), iOS, Playstation 3, Playstation 4

"Jesus Christ, Doc! What happened to you?"
Marty after seeing Citizen Brown's appearance

Episode 3: Citizen Brown is the third episode of Back to the Future: The Game.


After flying back from 1931, Marty McFly crashes into a billboard depicting an alternate Doc, who is in charge of Hill Valley. After getting out of the car with the help of an alternate version of Jennifer Parker, who, in this timeline, is a punk rock vandal who wants nothing to do with Marty, the DeLorean falls out of the billboard, damaging it. By salvaging one of the DeLorean's hoverwheels and its Mr. Fusion battery (which is only 12 volts) Marty is able to jump over the wall into an alternate Hill Valley, a seemingly utopian crime-free town.

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Marty, looking at a "Citizen Plus" sign in 1986G.

Marty soon runs into alternate versions of his parents. His mother has returned to drinking and his father works as a security monitor watching over all of Hill Valley. Biff has been hypnotized into a perfect citizen by the Citizen Plus Program to avoid jailtime. Marty discovers that the insane amount of laws in the town has made everyone absolutely miserable. By talking to Biff, Marty discovers that he can get some face time with First Citizen Brown, the alternate version of Doc Brown, quickly by breaking a sufficient amount of laws; the alternative is an appointment waiting list two years long. Marty breaks the laws of possessing illegal materials (alcohol), publicly displaying affection (kissing Jennifer) and owning a dangerous animal (Einstein). Edna instructs Officer Parker to hand Marty a 476-D bunch of demerits.


Marty, next to the statue in 1986G Courthouse Square.

Once face to face with Citizen Doc Brown, whom he discovers is married to an alternate Edna Strickland, Marty proves to him that he and the Doc of the original timeline are time-travelers, by pointing out an image of himself and the original Doc Brown in Citizen Brown's photograph depicting his role in "Kid" Tannen's defeat taken in 1931.


Citizen Brown's portrait of his younger self with his father.

Sadly, Marty's claims about the discontent among the current timeline's Hill Valley citizens anger First Citizen Brown to the point where he refuses to talk further until he can provide proof. Remembering the tapes of the people of Hill Valley in his father's possession, Marty drives home, only to discover his father has been mugged for the tapes. By watching security footage of the house Marty discovers that Biff was responsible, and observes a bizarre setting on his complimentary Citizen Plus wristwatch, displaying "X:11" (referring to the Roman numeral XII (12) used on the courthouse clock.

By talking to Biff, Marty discovers that what he saw on the camera is seemingly impossible; the Citizen Plus Program makes it physically impossible for Biff to even think about criminal activity without getting sick (resulting in him vomiting). By playing around with the settings on Biff's watch, Marty discovers that the X:11 setting turns Biff into an obedient zombie-like slave. Using the X:11 setting, Marty gets him to retrieve the tapes he was earlier forced to steal, causing him to unexpectedly fall down into the decycling bin, which is not a garbage can as first thought but a tunnel entrance, into an underground confiscated objects room, which is the renovated El Kid speakeasy.

After following Biff into El Kid, Marty discovers it was Edna who added the watch and the X:11 feature to the Citizen Plus Program to transform the hypnotized criminals into her henchmen for just such an emergency. Edna commands Biff to capture Marty, but Marty is able to break Biff out of his Citizen Plus conditioning by directing his attention to everything that his unhypnotized self loved: his car, beer, porn, and cigars.

Sadly, Marty discovers that while he was saving Biff from the Citizen Plus Program, Edna had erased the tapes recording the complaints of Hill Valley's unhappy citizens. Doc, arriving to check on Biff after hearing a report of him jumping down the decycling bin, overhears Marty and Edna's argument and tells Edna to return home so that they can talk about what is going on later. Marty tries one last time to make Citizen Brown realize the truth by giving him Doc's notebook. Sadly, most of Doc's notes have been erased from history, since the alternate Doc never wrote them. However, one vital note has survived, a sticky note detailing a schematic of the flux capacitor of which Citizen Brown realizes that the logo he designed for the alternate Hill Valley is actually a colored over version.

Realizing that he can fix history for the better, he sets out to retrieve the DeLorean and repair it to go back in time and fix the past. Unfortunately, while Marty is retrieving Einstein, Biff comes to, having regained his free will, remembers that Edna has been puppeting him around, but also that Marty forced him to jump down the decycling bin. Marty, with Einstein's help, is able to knock Biff unconscious again. However, while he was fighting Biff, Edna captured and imprisoned Doc. She soon has the Hill Valley Police capture Marty as well.[1]


Released March 28, 2011.


  • Marty is called "Martin Seamus McFly" by the police officers who bring him to see Citizen Brown, in a reference to the animated series' establishment of "Seamus" as his middle name (in the episode "Witchcraft").
  • When Marty asks Biff Tannen for a fight, he will get sick. This is a reference to the Ludovico Technique in A Clockwork Orange.
  • The police state Hill Valley of this timeline is based on George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
  • Citizen Brown's hair looks similar to the Christopher Lloyd seen today.


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File:Back to the Future The Game - Episode 3 The New Hill Valley
File:Back to the Future The Game - Episode 3 Stuck in a Sign
File:Back to the Future The Game - Episode 3 What a Witch

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