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Flashback
Publisher: U.S. Gold, Sunsoft (JP),
Sega Mega-CD
Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD
Original system(s): Amiga
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
GEMS
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,000 T-15083
Sega Mega Drive
US
$64.95[1] T-79066
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[3] 79066-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 79066-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 79066-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 79066-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 045070



Sega Mega-CD
US
$? 4448



Flashback (フラッシュバック), known in the US as Flashback: The Quest for Identity, is a platform-action game for the Commodore Amiga developed by Delphine Software and published by U.S. Gold in 1992.

Arguably Delphine Software's greatest work, it has been ported to a variety of platforms, including the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Mega-CD, as well as 3DO, Acorn Archimedes, Atari Jaguar, CD-i, DOS, FM Towns, iPhone OS, Mac OS, PC-9801, and SNES. CD-based versions tend to include full motion video cutscenes and an enhanced music soundtrack, but are essentially the same game.

Gameplay

In Flashback the player controls Conrad B. Hart, who having escaped from aliens finds himself in the jungles of Titan with his memory erased. He must recover his memory and save earth from an alien attack. The game is largely inspired by Prince of Persia, though has many notable improvements such as a weapon system. The game was well received due to its fluid animations and stealth-like gameplay.

The Sega versions of the game have one notable difference than other versions - Conrad wears a white shirt, presumably due to a more limited on-screen color palette.

History

Legacy

The game was followed by a 3D sequel, Fade to Black, a PC and PlayStation exclusive which was also intended for release on the Sega Saturn. Plans for a third game in the series called Flashback Legends was due for the Game Boy Advance, but was cancelled. Leaked prototypes show a significant amount of graphical and story changes that barely resemble the world built up in the previous titles. A remake of the game developed by VectorCell was released in 2013.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Programmers: Benoist Aron, Philippe Chastel, Paul Cuisset, Frederic Savoir
  • Graphic Artists: Patrick Daher, Thierry Levastre, Denis Mercier, Thierry Perreau, Christian Robert, Fabrice Visserot
  • Hardware Engineer: Thierry Gaerthner
  • Story: Paul Cuisset
  • Level Design: Paul Cuisset, Patrick Daher, Denis Mercier, Frederic Savoir, Fabrice Visserot
  • Music: Jean Baudlot, Fabrice Visserot
  • Sound fx: Benoist Aron, Philippe Chastel, Paul Cuisset, Fabrice Visserot
  • Actors: Benoist Aron, Patrick Daher, Thierry Levastre, Denis Mercier, Thierry Perreau, Christian Robert, Fabrice Visserot
  • Video directors: Patrick Daher, Thierry Perreau, Fabrice Visserot
  • Video Co-directors: Thierry Levastre, Denis Mercier, Christian Robert
  • Video sfx: Paul Cuisset, Thierry Perreau, Fabrice Visserot
  • Testers: Phil Bradley, Patricia Cuisset, Simon Hadlington, Daniel Llewellyn, Jean-Pierre Luck, Martin Smith
  • Many thanks to...:
  • Special Credits to...: Cross Products for the SNASM development system., Sega of America for GEMS sound tool.
  • Directed by: Paul Cuisset
  • Produced by: Delphine Software / US Gold (c) MCMXCIII

Mega-CD version

  • Programmer: Benoist ARON
  • 3-D Graphics: Denis MERCIER
  • Additional 3-D Graphics: Thierry PERREAU
  • Musics composed by: Fabrice VISSEROT, Jean BAUDLOT, Marc MINIER, Patrick SIGWALT
  • Musics recorded & mixed by: Marc MINIER, Patrick SIGWALT
  • Additional Engineering: Francois COUSIN
  • In-Game Musics: Pierre-André ATHANE, Pascal PERINO
  • Photo Director: Alain RAMOND
  • Voices recorded & mixed by: Yves BOURVON
  • Voices: Randall PRICE, Bruce BENINGTON-PORTER, Joe MAY, Cary GUY, Lori CHRISTENSEN, Olivier TOUSSAINT, Manone THUMIAH, Anne-Marie JOASSIM
  • Testers: Dan LLEWELLYN, Jason SHELDON, Richard HOLDSWORTH, Brian SCHORR, Thomas MARXX, Mike SCHMITT
  • Art Director: Denis MERCIER
  • Project Manager: Benoist ARON
  • Directed by: Paul CUISSET
  • Music digitally recorded and mixed at: DELPIHNE Studios, PARIS
Flashback GENESIS Team:
  • Programmers: Benoist Aron, Philippe CHASTEL, Paul CUISSET, Frederic SAVOIR
  • Graphic Artists: Patrick DAHER, Thierry LEVASTRE, Denis MERCIER, Thierry PERREAU, Christian ROBERT, Fabrice VISSEROT
  • Hardware Engineer: Thierry GAERTHNER
  • Story: Paul CUISSET
  • Level Design: Paul CUISSET, Patrick DAHER, Denis MERCIER, Frederic SAVOIR, Fabrice VISSEROT
  • Testers: Phil BRADLEY, Patricia CUISSET, Simon HADLINGTON, Daniel LLEWELLYN, Jean-Pierre LUCK, Martin SMITH


Magazine articles

Main article: Flashback/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 043.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #43: "February 1993" (199x-xx-xx)

EGM US 044.pdfEGM US 044.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #44: "March 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #45: "April 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[6]

GamePro US 048.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
GamePro (US) #48: "July 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

EGM US 057.pdfEGM US 057.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[7]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #58: "May 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[8]

EGM2 US 05.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
EGM² (US) #5: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #65: "December 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[9]

SegaMagazine UK 02.pdfSegaMagazine UK 02.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Sega Magazine (UK) #2: "February 1994" (1994-01-10)

MegaForce ES 14.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Mega Force (ES) #14: "Junio 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Megazone AU 28.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Megazone (AU) #28: "June 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Megazone (AU) #29: "July 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[10]

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
96 №18, p56-60
94 №138, p34-37[11]
94
100 №43, p36/37[12]
93 №7, p78
94 №19
97 №18, p72-75
90 №10, p14-17
94 №9, p52/53
92 №2, p22/23
97
93 №7, p16-20[13]
96 №29, p64-67[14]
96
93 №43, p32-35
94 №20, p42/43
94 №8, p36-39
93 №18, p32-35[15]
Sega Mega Drive
94
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Flashback MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Flashback MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Flashback MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Flashback MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Flashback MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
Flashback md jp cover.jpg
Cover
Flashback MD JP CartTop.jpg
Flashback md jp cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
Flashback md br cover.jpg
Cover
Flashback MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Flashback md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, FR

Flashback MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75
60 №4, p93[16]
Sega Mega-CD
68
Based on
2 reviews

Mega-CD, US
Flashback MCD US Box Back.jpgFlashback MCD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Flashback mcd us disc.jpg
Disc
Flashback mcd us manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 23a9616d
MD5 111e1694facbe6879640ccf83040cd20
SHA-1 bce40031f6adab48670c8a2d73e42f3a3dcba97c
1.5MB 1993-01-20 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 33cd2b65
MD5 55977f8786715847ba2061708e49beeb
SHA-1 225b405274d39541e07488fdd33de8f854624bf1
1.5MB 1993-01 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 6f311c83
MD5 cef0031bd4612df7d4eac6bd71f7648d
SHA-1 31372b2c056eacb747de0a706de3899d224f2c92
1.5MB 1993-01-20 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 b790e3b4
MD5 9a445d5b0d1cd873ce743743b8faec31
SHA-1 5082180974a125b5f9c01c96410c0fdbfb707d2b
1.5MB 1993-01-20 Cartridge (JP)

References

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NEC Retro has more information related to Flashback.
  1. File:VG&CE US 50.pdf, page 32
  2. File:EGM US 043.pdf, page 69
  3. File:CVG UK 156.pdf, page 71
  4. File:Mega UK 16.pdf, page 26
  5. File:GamePlayers US 0710.pdf, page 12
  6. File:EGM US 045.pdf, page 22
  7. File:GamePro US 057.pdf, page 124
  8. File:EGM US 058.pdf, page 52
  9. File:EGM US 065.pdf, page 159
  10. File:Megazone AU 29.pdf, page 96
  11. File:CVG UK 138.pdf, page 34
  12. File:GamePro US 043.pdf, page 38
  13. File:MeanMachinesSega07UK.pdf, page 16
  14. File:PlayerOne FR 029.pdf, page 60
  15. File:SegaForce UK 18.pdf, page 32
  16. File:NextGeneration US 04.pdf, page 95