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Flashback: The Quest for Identity

MobyRank MobyScore
Jaguar
79
3.0
Macintosh
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4.3
SEGA CD
83
3.8

User Reviews

Action-Adventure, both with capital "A" DOS אולג 小奥 (168604)
Excellent action/adventure game that uses a ton of movie references SEGA CD *Katakis* (37744)
NOT a sequel to Another World, but an excellent action game with adventure ! DOS Yeba (60)
Slighty Better then the Genesis version SEGA CD ETJB (447)
An instant classic. Responsive control, ambient soundtrack...Need I say more?! Genesis aaron pridemore (11)
Awesome game, the Genesis version rocks! Genesis Tibes80 (1495)
Poor port of a great game. CD-i zemonn (173)
a real hit! DOS Boston Low (92)
Stimulus DOS Gennady Panfilov (5)
Classic game with awesome graphics for its time! DOS Andrew Dunn (11)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
3DO 9 4.1
Acorn 32-bit Awaiting 1 votes...
Amiga 37 4.2
CD-i 6 4.3
DOS 90 4.0
FM Towns 1 5.0
Genesis 43 4.1
iPhone 3 2.7
Jaguar 9 3.0
Macintosh 7 4.3
SEGA CD 12 3.8
SNES 22 3.8
Combined MobyScore 239 4.0


The Press Says

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100
DOSWIZ
משחק, שלדעת חברי הנבחרת, עומד בצפיות הגבוהות כמשחק המשך ל"עולם אחר" ומובטח שלא יאכזב את מעריצי המשחק הראשון.
97
SEGA CDDefunct Games
And after all that, there's still not many games that compare to the greatness of Flashback. Recent games like Shenmue use the same concept as this game, but even so many years later, Flashback is still one of the best games for any system. The Sega CD version isn't much better than the Genesis version, but it does have new cinemas, and is well worth buying.
97
SNESJust Games Retro
This is an excellent game, but no one can please everyone all the time. You're going to have to like platformers, and it helps if you find its action and sci-fi elements really cool, but anyone who wants a solid adventure game with an awesome conspiratorial atmosphere will do well with this one. It's one of the best you can find.
96
AmigaAmiga Force
"Flashback" exudes quality to the highest extreme, and is one of the finest creations ever to grace the Amiga. If you're looking for a piece of software to show off your machine, this is the one.
96
GenesisSega Force
Med tanke på hur otroligt svårt det är, och det faktum att man måste ta tid på sig i utforskandet av många nivåer gör att det lär ta lång tid även för den skicklige spelare att klara av (och då menar jag på easy level).
96
AmigaDatormagazin
Flashbacks enda stora brist är avsaknaden av en sparfunktion. Men till syvende och sist är Flashback ett imponerande spel med mycket god känsla.
95
Acorn 32-bitGamesCollection
Il gioco è entrato nel Guinnes dei Primati sotto la voce "gioco più venduto in Francia". Che dite, basta come garanzia? OK lo so che anche Pokemon e Sims (Aghh) han venduto un casino, ma qui la qualità c'è tutta! Se avete buona dimestichezza col genere platform, non spaccate il joypad alla prima morte (nooo, la tastiera nooo!), è il gioco che fa per voi. Differente dai soliti canoni e con una giocabilità ottima, unico appunto potrebbe essere una curva di apprendimento non molto curata (direi che più che una curva assomiglia a una linea, assestandosi su difficoltà medio/alta dall'inizio alla fine).
95
3DODefunct Games
The music and sound effects are perfectly suited to the action. The graphics are essentially the same as they were on the 16-bit systems, but the cut-scenes between levels have been totally overhauled; not entirely necessary but a pretty nice touch. Overall, I cannot say enough wonderful things about this game. There is no save feature, but passwords are provided after each level. With three difficulty levels and endless action, there shouldn't be a soul alive that hasn't experienced this majesty, no matter the system of choice. However, seeing as how the 3DO is sorely lacking quality titles, you may want to give this version a shot. But back off, she's mine!
95
CD-iDefunct Games
Leave it to one of the greatest games in our collective memory to finally give the CD-i something worth experiencing. Flashback remains, hands down, one of my favorite games, and this incarnation is no exception. The CD-based versions feature new cut-scenes and slightly better sound, breathing new life into a game that will never cease to amaze even the most jaded current-gen purists.
94
AmigaAmiga Computing
A massive thumbs up! Great graphics, animation and sound all add up to a superb gaming experience. I want more... now!
93
AmigaThe One Amiga
Even though it's only March and there's over two-thirds of the year left, I can honestly state that Flashback is the game of the year. It's certainly one of the best looking arcade adventures on the scene, with wonderfully colourful static backdrops and cinematic animation sequences, but it's the fluid animation of the characters that really steals the show.
93
AmigaAmiga Format
"Flashback" though is large, frantic and involved enough to keep you playing for quite some time before you manage to reach the end. The graphics and sound are better than "Another World's", so there's no sacrifice there either, which makes this one of the slickest, best-looking, most wonderful-sounding, atmosphere-packed, futuristic arcade adventures ever seen. Cyber fans, adventure freaks and blast addicts get ready to be amazed.
92
GenesisGame Zero
This game is truly awesome. The graphics are super smooth and very detailed, and while the music is minimalistic, the sound is still exciting. The controls are kind of confusing at first, but once you figure them out they are extraordinarily precise. Flashback is without a doubt a new member of the top ten games ever. A definite must have.
92
AmigaAmiga Action
This is a game that you are guaranteed to get to the end of, not because it's too easy, but because it is so good you won't stop until you've completed it.
92
AmigaAmiga Power
This is a real landmark product. It's bigger and lusher than a large part of your average rainforest, so you're getting your money's worth. It's challenging, entertaining, thoroughly addictive, and it looks better than any random sequence from Cindy Crawford's workout video. Buy it, even if you have to sell your parents into white slavery to raise the cash.
92
SNESNintendo Magazine System UK
It's highly original! It's very playable! It provides plenty of challenge and it's got fantastic graphics. It's one of the best video games you'll ever play!
91
3DOGame Zero
Discounting the cinemas, this version is exactly the same as every other version that I've played. The cinemas, on the other hand, are very detailed and take advantage of the display power of the 3DO. If you've already got this game on another platform, you can safely skip this version, but if you've never played Flashback before, you owe it to yourself to pick up this -- still -- very innovative title.
91
GenesisThe Video Game Critic
There are several smooth character animations here, including leaps, rolls, and sneaking up on an enemy with gun drawn. And you don't "see" bullets in this game; if you shoot, and someone is in your sights, they're shot. Pretty realistic. You begin your adventure with little background information, but as you progress, occasional cinematics shed light on a compelling storyline that really draws you in. The gameplay involves shooting enemies, using objects, and opening new areas, but you'll need to be slow and deliberate in order to succeed. The sound effects and music are exceptional and add atmosphere and tension. Flashback may never impress like it once did, but it's still a solid adventure.
91
SNESSuper Play Magazine UK
Like Another World, it's still a bit on the linear side - there's never any doubt about where you've got to go next or what you've got to do, it's just a question of how you do it. And, as the SNES really needs a Super FX chip to be any good at this sort of polygon graphics, the animation doesn't quite match up to the PC, Amiga or Mega Drive versions of the game, especially during the close-up sequences. (It's still blimming good though.) The graphics and everything are even better than ever - once you've made the little bloke pull out his gun, somersault into a room and blow away a couple of baddies as if he should really be wearing a large-lapelled shirt and big hair, you won't want to control another game character ever again.
90
MacintoshAll Game Guide
If shooter games are what you like, this one has enough enemies and levels to keep you occupied for a long while.
90
DOSPower Unlimited
Flashback is niet alleen een bijzonder spel, het is nog heel goed ook. Een spannend verhaal, steengoeie animatie, en dat alles binnen een mooie mix van nadenken en schieten. De doos zegt dat dit het beste spel van zijn soort is en dat is nog waar ook!
90
3DOVideo Games & Computer Entertainment
While it's unfortunate that no extra levels or weapons were added to further improve the game, one can hardly complain, considering the quality of other games that are out there. Two years and 32-bits later, Flashback remains an exciting and enjoyable video game.
90
SEGA CDSega-16.com
Overall, Flashback is a game that is filled with all sorts of interesting characters, both bad and good, tons of fun puzzles to figure out, amazing discoveries, and twists and turns in its magnificent storyline (which also makes many similar references to some popular sci-fi movies of the '90s). With the Sega CD offering a terrific answer to those old cut scenes and lack of music from the original Genesis version, this is without a doubt the definitive version of one of the best and most inspirational sci-fi adventure games we've seen in a long time. Why it never spawned a decent sequel is beyond my comprehension!
90
GenesisSega-16.com
To this day, Flashback remains one of my favorite Genesis titles. While the puzzle solving and gunfights are very fun, the storyline and mood of the game is probably what pulls me in the most. Some parts get downright intense. Unfortunately, it is a bit on the short side...there's only seven levels, and if you know what you're doing, probably takes no more than four hours or so to beat all the way through (there are passwords to continue at the beginning of each level.) But overall, Flashback is definitely a classic worth looking into.
88
DOSPC Games (Germany)
Der verwendete Bildschirmausschnitt ist für ein Spiel dieser Klasse absolut unwürdig. Wenigstens ein Bilderrahmen hätte den optischen … Aber lassen wir das. Flashback ist im Großen und Ganzen ein sehr gelungenes Spiel, das den Spieler lange Zeit fesseln kann. Durch die drei Schwierigkeitsgrade, von “Anspruchsvoll“ bis “Ubermenschlich schwer“, dürfte die Herausforderung groß genug sein. Auch die erwähnten Minuspunkte können nichts daran ändern daß hier ein großer Wurf gelungen ist: die gut designten Levels, die einfallsreiche Grafik und die gute Atmosphäre des Spiels machen Flashback zu einer guten Empfehlung für Freunde anspruchsvoller Jump & Run-Spiele.
88
SNESGame Players
An adventure with incredible graphics. This is a great challenge loaded with realism. If you loved Prince of Persia, you'll go wild over this one.
87
AmigaCU Amiga
"Flashback" is one hell of a good game. The first few times I played it, I hated it. Coming from the wrong angle, I assumed it was a graphic adventure, and with that in mind quite rightly panned it. It was only when I found myself bashing away on level four at three o'clock in the morning that I realised what a superb game it is. Its mix of quality animation and all-out-blasting make it highly recommended.
86
AmigaAmiga Joker
So, mehr gibt’s zu Flashback eigentlich nicht zu sagen. Außer vielleicht: Holt Euch das Ding, es lohnt sich!
85
3DOJoystick (French)
Même s'il n'a que peu changé, Flashback reste un jeu des plus prenant. Et comme il n'a pas d'équivalent sur 3DO...
83
SEGA CDThe Video Game Critic
Flashback for the Sega CD is not necessarily a better game, but audiophiles may find this version more appealing.
83
JaguarFreak
המשחק הוא העתק מדויק של גירסאות 16 הביט. אין פה אלמנטים גרפיים חדשים ומדהימים, אפילו הצליל נותר דומם ומאיים כמו איזו דממת-מוות. לכן אפשר לומר, שזהו בדיוק אותו משחק טוב שמוכר וזכור מפעם: 7 שלבים, קודים, הרבה אקשר והרבה פעולה.
80
GenesisJeuxvideo.com
Mixant habilement plates-formes, combats et exploration en un tout homogène mis en scène par une intrigue solide, FlashBack reste encore à l'heure actuelle un petit bijou de gameplay et d'ambiance. Ceux qui ne l'ont pas connu éprouveront peut-être du mal à rentrer dedans mais les autres se délecteront de ce titre qui aura définitivement marqué une génération de joueurs.
80
SEGA CDJeuxvideo.com
Mixant habilement plates-formes, combats et exploration en un tout homogène mis en scène par une intrigue solide, FlashBack reste encore à l'heure actuelle un petit bijou de gameplay et d'ambiance. Ceux qui ne l'ont pas connu éprouveront peut-être du mal à rentrer dedans mais les autres se délecteront de ce titre qui aura définitivement marqué une génération de joueurs.
80
JaguarJeuxvideo.com
Mixant habilement plates-formes, combats et exploration en un tout homogène mis en scène par une intrigue solide, FlashBack reste encore à l'heure actuelle un petit bijou de gameplay et d'ambiance. Ceux qui ne l'ont pas connu éprouveront peut-être du mal à rentrer dedans mais les autres se délecteront de ce titre qui aura définitivement marqué une génération de joueurs.
80
3DOJeuxvideo.com
Mixant habilement plates-formes, combats et exploration en un tout homogène mis en scène par une intrigue solide, FlashBack reste encore à l'heure actuelle un petit bijou de gameplay et d'ambiance. Ceux qui ne l'ont pas connu éprouveront peut-être du mal à rentrer dedans mais les autres se délecteront de ce titre qui aura définitivement marqué une génération de joueurs.
80
iPhoneApp Spy
For those lucky enough to have (or even know about) an Amiga in 1992, you might just have some fond memories of the amazing art and gameplay that Delphine Software pioneered with Flashback and Another World. The game still holds up to modern standards, but don't expect it to be any easier than it was back then.
80
SNESneXGam
Die absolut gelungene Mischung aus Jump'n'Run, Actionspiel, Adventure und knackigen Rätseln wird Euch stundenlang an den Bildschirm fesseln. Die schnell erlernte Steuerung und feine Animationen lassen einen tief in die Story sinken. Bis heute ist der Flair von Flashback unerreicht und ich kann es nur jedem Spieler empfehlen!
80
3DOAll Game Guide
While Flashback is a classic game it does have an alarmingly high difficulty level meaning that most gamers won't make it past the first few levels. What it boils down to is skill. Not only do you have to think fast but you've got to act fast while doing it. Definitely a game to check out, though if you're not a die hard gamer, I'd suggest finding it cheap or renting it.
80
MacintoshJeuxvideo.com
Mixant habilement plates-formes, combats et exploration en un tout homogène mis en scène par une intrigue solide, FlashBack reste encore à l'heure actuelle un petit bijou de gameplay et d'ambiance. Ceux qui ne l'ont pas connu éprouveront peut-être du mal à rentrer dedans mais les autres se délecteront de ce titre qui aura définitivement marqué une génération de joueurs.
80
GenesisLe Geek
What I didn't like was the trial and error until I learned what to expect from the game. I also didn't like some puzzles tha required a bit of backtracking to complete. But the screens load fast enough so that even at its worse, the game doesn't drag too badly. If you like stories and puzzles, this is a worthwhile game. If you like speed and guns, forget about it.
80
DOSJeuxvideo.com
Mixant habilement plates-formes, combats et exploration en un tout homogène mis en scène par une intrigue solide, FlashBack reste encore à l'heure actuelle un petit bijou de gameplay et d'ambiance. Ceux qui ne l'ont pas connu éprouveront peut-être du mal à rentrer dedans mais les autres se délecteront de ce titre qui aura définitivement marqué une génération de joueurs.
80
SNESJeuxvideo.com
Mixant habilement plates-formes, combats et exploration en un tout homogène mis en scène par une intrigue solide, FlashBack reste encore à l'heure actuelle un petit bijou de gameplay et d'ambiance. Ceux qui ne l'ont pas connu éprouveront peut-être du mal à rentrer dedans mais les autres se délecteront de ce titre qui aura définitivement marqué une génération de joueurs.
80
AmigaJeuxvideo.com
Mixant habilement plates-formes, combats et exploration en un tout homogène mis en scène par une intrigue solide, FlashBack reste encore à l'heure actuelle un petit bijou de gameplay et d'ambiance. Ceux qui ne l'ont pas connu éprouveront peut-être du mal à rentrer dedans mais les autres se délecteront de ce titre qui aura définitivement marqué une génération de joueurs.
80
JaguarJust Games Retro
The bad news is that there's no reason to even look at this version if you've already played Flashback before. The Sega CD and 3DO at least have the multimedia additions to somewhat justify a replay (though the core game on either system still looks, and is, the same). On the Jag, you don't even have that to consider. That limits this port to the small overlap of Jaguar owners who haven't played Flashback before. But if you do fall into that category, you're going to find an excellent port one of the 90s' best games.
80
SEGA CDAll Game Guide
While the influence of Prince of Persia is obvious, the game is so good that you won't necessarily think of Flashback as a copycat. Its intriguing story and overall appeal will make you want to quest for your identity.
80
GenesisHigh Score
Flashback är ett klurigt och frustrerande - ett stor spel som räcker länge. Play on!
80
AmigaPelit
Jos joku lukijoista vääntää tämän pelin läpi vaikeimmalla vaikeustasolla todistettavasti koko ajan hymyillen ilman yhtä kirosanaa, hän saakoon diplomin ja Pelit-lehden lahjana ratsupiiskan ja käsiraudat.
80
JaguarGamePro (US)
If Flashback is new to you, by all means immerse yourself in it's edge-of-the-seat gun play. If you've played Flashback previously, however, look elsewhere, because this cart is just...well, a Flashback.
80
SEGA CDGamePro (US)
Other than a few tweaks to graphics and sound, this version of Flashback is essentially identical to it's previous cartridge incarnations. Anyone who hasn't played it, as well as fans who want to see what's new, should definitely pick-up this fun CD. But if you've already been there and aren't impressed by the few changes, flash to something else.
80
DOSAdventure Classic Gaming
Before 3D games come to prominence, there are the 2D platform games. Essentially, you control a character across a side scrolling map, jumping over platforms which are suspended in midair while collecting power ups and weapon upgrades that are scattered on screen. For years these have been the dominant genre in computer games. In 1992, amidst this popular gaming trend, Delphine Software releases Flashback: The Quest for Identity (also known as Flashback). As I pick up the game and install it, my initial thoughts are that it is pretty much of the same type of games. Gladly, I am wrong.
79
JaguarneXGam
Damals wie heute fasziniert dieses Spiel durch eine spannende Story, gute Grafik und weiche Animationen. Zwar werden Einsteiger die Levels öfter als nur einmal beginnen müssen um weiterzukommen, aber das tut dem Spielspaß keinen Abbruch. So kann man ein Spiel genießen, das nicht nur die Finger, sondern auch den Geist fordert. Aber Qualität hat auch seinen Preis, da das Spiel heute kaum noch für unter 30 Euro zu bekommen ist.
78
AmigaAmiga Games
Abgesehen von störenden Kleinigkeiten ist FLASHBACK ein tolles Spiel, das jedem Spielefreak das Herz höher schlagen lassen dürfte und das hohen Unterhaltungswert besitzt. Es bleibt zu hoffen, daß US-Gold in Zusammenarbeit mit Delphin Software noch viele Spiele dieser Art auf den Markt bringen wird.
77
DOSPC Games (Germany)
(CD-ROM version)
Sieben ausgedehnte Levels (unterteilt in drei Welten), knifflige Puzzles, die feinfühlige Steuerung und ein nicht zu leichter Schwierigkeitsgrad sind Garanten für langanhaltenden Spielspaß. Zwischendurch wird man von 75 kurzen 3D Studio-„Cinematics“ bei Laune gehalten. Als Zugabe gibt es digitalisierte Soundeffekte und ein komplett neues Intro. Wenn Sie Aladdin, Cool Spot und den König der Löwen schon durchgespielt haben und auf der Suche nach einer echten Herausforderung sind, sollten Sie einen Blick auf diesen Klassiker riskieren.
77
DOSPower Play
Die mit schnuckligen Rätseln angereicherte Jump'n'Run-Atmosphäre gleicht der Amigaverson wie eine Banane der anderen. Allerdings darf Conrad nun in 256 Farben durch den Urwald hopsen, was sich angenehm in seinem Teint bemerkbar macht. Leider wurde an der chaotischen Steuerung nichts geändert: Tastaturspielern rollen sich nach einigen Sprüngen die Fingernägel auf. Ein guter Joystick ist unerläßlich. Trotzdem gehört Flashback zu den besten Tüftel-Jump'n'Runs, die je über PC-Monitore flimmerten.
75
JaguarMega Fun
Als ich zum ersten Mai die Jaguar-Version gesehen habe, war ich total enttäuscht; wieder mal eine 16-Bit Konvertierung, die dem an sich leistungsfähigeren Jaguar nicht gerecht wird. Doch was soll‘s, die Story des Spiels ist nach wie vor fesselnd und die Steuerung überzeugt durch seine vielfältigen Möglichkeiten. Es ist allerdings bei der Jaguar-Version nicht ratsam, die Zwischensequenzen im Spiel plötzlich abzubrechen, da es zum Absturz des Spiels kommen kann (böser Bug!). Fazit: Flashback ist immer noch ein umfangreiches Action-Adventure und kann allen Jaguar-Besitzern ans Herz gelegt werden, die an ihre 64-Bit Konsole keine hohen Ansprüche an Grafik und Sound stellen. Wer jedoch Flashback schon auf anderen Konsolen gespielt hat, für den lohnt sich der Kauf des Oldies auf keinen Fall.
75
AmigaPower Play
Selten habe ich ein Spiel mit dichterer Atmosphäre gespielt als Flashback. Wie schon der Delphine-Vorgänger Another World/Out of this World läßt sich das neueste französische Action-Adventure nicht mit anderen Spielen vergleichen und entwickelt seinen eigenen Charme. Zudem ist Flashback spannend und grafisch opulent verpackt. Der Hauptdarsteller ist atemberaubend animiert – ein gewisser Prinz aus Persien kann hier nur anerkennend den Turban zücken. Ganz fehlerfrei ist Flashback jedoch nicht. Wenn man in eine tödliche Falle latscht oder einen Abhang runterstürzt, muß der Level komplett neu begonnen werden und die Rätselnüsse beschränken sich in der Regel auf das Finden und den richtigen Einsatz von Gegenständen. Für Another-World-Veteranen ist Flashback soundso ein „Must-Buy“ - Alle anderen sollten schleunigst ein Probespiel wagen: Flashback ist ein Softwarehöhepunkt.
75
iPhoneSlide to Play
It's sad to say, but Flashback is a brilliant game that's received a kind of botched surgery to fit on the iPhone. Manomio promises an update that will relabel the controls, fix the major glitch in the second level, and add other promising features like a full-screen mode and remapped controls. But until we see these updates for ourselves, stay away from this poorly made port.
75
SEGA CDEntertainment Weekly
Because of its atmospheric soundtrack and cinematic interludes, the original Genesis Flashback was advertised as a CD game in a cartridge — while the Sega CD Flashback version has so many access delays (and improves so marginally on the original) that you'll wonder which format was being complimented.
75
SEGA CDElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
If you own the Genesis version, then you already own the Sega CD version. Unless you really want those cool cinemas and good tunes, the game is the same. And that's not bad at all. The animation has always been superb and the game is just a blast to play. Having to actually use your brain while playing a game these days is rare, but Flashback is there with the perfect mix of action and adventure.
70
SNESGaming Target
The game suffers from backtracking, but that shouldn't prevent anyone from trying this game. It's a very interesting title that encourages exploration and well thought-out plans, yet patience is needed for the amount of times Conrad will die, and the levels will have to be replayed. Still, don't miss the chance to play one of the coolest games of 1993 from the niche French developer, Delphine. Also, if you like Delphine, you may be interested in their other games, Another World / Out of this World (SNES, Genesis, PC), it’s pseudo-sequel Heart of the Alien (Sega CD) and Heart of Darkness (PlayStation, PC). I wouldn’t recommend the sequel to Flashback, Fade to Black (PlayStation), as it is known for having terrible control schemes and just plain bad gameplay. Let’s hope we get a good modern day remake of this some time soon!
65
CD-iJoystick (French)
Si les possesseurs de CDI ne pouvaient que se réjouir de l'arrivée d'un tel hit sur leur bécane, il convient de tempérer quelque peu leur enthousiasme. En effet, cette ultime version de Flashback est aussi la moins bonne d'entre toutes.
59
DOSPC Player (Germany)
Technisch zeigt Delphine aber, was Sache ist. Die Animation wirkt fließender als beim Vorbild, die Zeichentrick-Szenen sehen phänomenal aus. Die schöne Atmosphäre kann die Mängel im Spielprinzip ein paar Minuten lang kaschieren, aber zu einer Jubelwertung reicht es nicht; dazu ist Flashback trotz dreier Schwierigkeitsgrade zu gemein.