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Flashback: The Quest for Identity

DOS - 1993

Also available on: SNES - Genesis - Amiga - PC-98

Alt names פלאשבק: זיכרון גורלי, Flashback (Enhanced CD-ROM), Flashback, フラッシュバック
Year 1993
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Cyberpunk / Dark Sci-Fi, Platform, Puzzle elements, Shooter
Publisher Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Developer Delphine Software International
Perspectives Side view, Fixed / Flip-screen
Dosbox support Supported on 0.72
4.84 / 5 - 49 votes

Description of Flashback: The Quest for Identity

Flashback is a fun action adventure game that will please joystick experts and adventure gamers alike. Playing the role of Conrad B. Hart, a confused young man whose memory was wiped by the alien Morphs who caught him eavesdropping on their plan to conquer Earth. Your goal, of course, is to escape the from the grasp of the mutants and save earth from an untimely destruction.

As with its spiritual predecessor Out of This World, Flashback features life-like animations, well-crafted cinematic cutscenes, and tons of atmosphere. But despite better graphics and longer levels, Flashback isn't quite as fun as Out of This World in several ways. For starters, the "puzzles" are somewhat repetitive, as most of them focus on getting Conrad from one point to another by pressing a button or throwing switches. Although there are objects you can pick up and store in your inventory, most of their uses are so obvious that adventure gamers won't even consider them "puzzle" at all.

Furthermore, the game inherits Out of This World's save-only-at-save-point feature, but it is more frustrating this time around because most levels are much larger and more difficult. This means that if you die, you might have to spend hours retracing your steps, all the time hoping that you'd get to a new save point before the health meter goes to zero. Although this "realism" may appeal to some gamers, most of us who are not joystick gods will find it very irritating.

Fortunately, Flashback's excellent storyline and great level design makes its weaknesses seem trivial, and makes the game worthwhile to perservere. Every new level introduces new challenges, dangers, and objects to manipulate and use. It's more derivative than innovative, but it's still one of the best action adventures you'll ever play. Thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

A remake in HD has been made in 2013, you can get it on Steam.

Comments and reviews

Dragontorc 2018-05-18 0 point Amiga version

Played Amiga version as it has better quality audio than PC version (PCM MODs vs. MIDI). One of the best platform/adventure games I ever played. Probably only second to the Prince of Persia.

oplenti 2016-12-17 0 point

beautiful game with good puzzles and great action. not to mention it's not a simple side scroller as it first seems. it's a very good and atmospheric action adventure.

roberto 2016-12-15 0 point PC-98 version

eu conheço esse jogo, j joguei a muito tempo´atras, pena que não sei instalar no meu notebook

FoNUS 2016-04-10 0 point Amiga version

This game was both good and beautiful. Smooth movement. Great!

TeoTest 2016-03-05 0 point DOS version

23 years later, the game still kick asses. Too bad the remake was miserable.

markegiani 2013-04-05 0 point DOS version

Great animation and very colorful. From the golden age of Amiga 500 ...

dizzy3 2012-11-07 0 point DOS version

great game this one

admin 2011-11-08 0 point DOS version

It might be good now ;)

Avzin 2011-11-07 0 point DOS version

A small complaint: I cannot play this game due to the 'copy protection'.

Feyd 2008-09-02 0 point DOS version

From delphine software, who also made the great another world, the golden age of the french video game studio.
One of the greatest action game of that era.

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