Arrow Flash

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Arrow Flash
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega (JP/EU), Renovation Products (US)
Developer:
Sound driver: SMPS Z80
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,0006,000 G-4039
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9549.95[4] 49046
Sega Mega Drive
EU
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ1081
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[5][6]
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM4019JG
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?























Arrow Flash (アローフラッシュ) is a shoot-'em-up game created by Sega as a Sega Mega Drive exclusive title in 1990, with Renovation Products publishing it in the US. I.T.L was contracted to do the development of the game for Sega. The game has been re-released numerous times through various compilations. It was one of the first in its genre for the Sega Mega Drive.

This game may be part of a series that started with Orguss and Astro Flash (also known as Transbot or Transformer), due to the similar names and themes of gameplay.

Story

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Introduction

In the US version, players take control of Zana Keene, a pilot for United Government Space Force, and attempt to stop viking terrorists led by Great Hilagi using a transformable mecha-space fighter named the ERX-75 "Chameleon," developed by Zana's grand father Zerrek Keene.

In the European version, players take control of Anna Schwinn, a pilot for United Government Space Force, and attempt to stop powerful alien empire named Zorgon V using a transformable mecha-space fighter named Arrow Flash, developed by Anna's father Herbert Schwinn.

Gameplay

The game is a side-scrolling shoot-'em-up. Stages automatically scroll horizontally and end with a boss encounter. The player's ship moves in any direction using the D-pad and fires with B. Rapid-fire can be enabled in the Options. The ship can transform between two forms, a jet fighter or a mecha, with A. The ship has a special attack called the "Arrow Flash," performed with C. In jet fighter mode, it shoots a barrage of large laser bullets in all directions; in mecha form, it thrusts the mecha forward, granting invincibility and the ability to pass through enemies and terrain for several seconds. In the Options, the player can choose between Stock mode, where Arrow Flashes must be collected by finding items and consume an item each time they are used, or Charge mode, where the ability to Arrow Flash charges up over time and thus cannot be used multiple times in quick succession.

The player can collect power-ups that upgrade the ship's movement speed and weapons and supply up to two Fire Claws, which are similar to options in the Gradius series. Fire Claws are indestructible and can fire shots and absorb small enemy bullets. In fighter jet form, the options follow the ship. In mecha form, movement is faster and Fire Claws stay in fixed position above and below the ship.

The ship takes damage from enemies and terrain. It is destroyed in one shot unless it is equipped with an Energy Shield power-up. When it is destroyed, it respawns without any power-ups, including movement speed and weapons upgrades. The game ends if the player runs out of lives, but it can be continued if the player has continues remaining. The amount of continues depends on the chosen difficulty level (Easy, Normal, or Hard). The player gains an extra life at 80,000 and 150,000 points and every 150,000 points after that.

Weapons

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  • Arrow Flash, Weapons, I Jet.png

  • Arrow Flash, Weapons, I Mecha.png

Laser I
A burst of stacked lasers, covering a taller area than the standard shot. Fires faster than the other lasers.

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Laser II
A volley of arrow-shaped shots that cover a larger area and can penetrate multiple targets. It also fires diagonally in mecha form.

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Laser III
A slow-moving wave that can penetrate multiple targets.

Items

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Power-Up Carrier
Shoot to release an item.
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Arrow Flash
Gives the player 1 (red) or 3 (blue) uses of the Arrow Flash ability. Only appears when playing in Stock mode.
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Energy Shield
Surrounds the ship with a shield that can absorb 3 hits from enemies.
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Speed Up
Increases the movement speed of the ship, which can be upgraded up to six levels.
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Missile
Gives the ship the ability to fire missiles in addition to its primary gun, which can be upgraded up to two levels. In jet fighter form, the missiles fire straight ahead. In mecha form, the missiles are homing.
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Fire Claw
Gives the ship a Fire Claw drone that accompanies it and provides additional fire.
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Laser I
Equips the Laser I weapon, which can be upgraded up to three levels.
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Laser II
Equips the Laser II weapon, which can be upgraded up to three levels.
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Laser III
Equips the Laser III weapon, which can be upgraded up to three levels.
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1-Up
Awards the player with an extra life.

Stages

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  • Arrow Flash, Stage 1-2 Boss.png

Stage 1

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Stage 2

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Stage 3

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Stage 4

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Stage 5, Part 1

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Stage 5, Part 2

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Stage 5, Part 3

Production credits

  • Producer: RMS-106 (This is the model number of Hi-Zack from Z-Gundam anime series)
  • Opening: Ichiban
  • Program: CBR---RR, Daddy, Goshikisen
  • Graphic: Yanto, DT---R, Sod, Noise-Maker, Hana no Oedo
  • Sound: Hanauri-Musume
  • Special Thanks: Toru.K, T.A.K
Source:
In-game credits
Source:
Japanese cover art[1]


Magazine articles

Main article: Arrow Flash/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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SE advert
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1990-11: "November 1990" (1990-10-XX)
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Print advert in GamePro (US) #18: "January 1991" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[8]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
58
[9]
Console XS (UK) PAL
59
[10]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
63
[11]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
50
[12]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
55
[13]
Games-X (UK) PAL
60
[14]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
85
[15]
Joystick (FR)
70
[16]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC
52
[17]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
64
[18]
Mega (UK) PAL
24
[19]
MegaTech (UK)
46
[20]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
60
[21]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
46
[22]
Player One (FR)
90
[23]
Power Play (DE)
58
[24]
Raze (UK) PAL
73
[5]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
60
[25]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC
50
[26]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
39
[27]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
29
[28]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
57
[29]
Top Secret (PL)
100
[30]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
65
[31]
User (GR) NTSC
93
[32]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
80
[4]
Video Games (DE)
58
[33]
Zero (UK)
69
[34]
Sega Mega Drive
60
Based on
29 reviews

Arrow Flash

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Arrowflash md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Arrowflash md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
ArrowFlash MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
ArrowFlash MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Arrow Flash MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
ArrowFlash MD EU pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, PT
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
ArrowFlash MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
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ArrowFlash MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
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Cart

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 4d89e66b
MD5 7f8f0a581158a00b6799204c9afe646b
SHA-1 916524d2b403a633108cf457eec13b4df7384d95
1MB 1990-07 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 d49f8444
MD5 cc6c03def1e6ca137ee4814d4920fa7d
SHA-1 5d2ca55704b7fe8d83fa7564fb1efc62834d3148
1MB 1990-07 Cartridge (JP)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:ArrowFlash MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  3. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video/c/rlm4yIWUvN0/m/72MblPjly14J
  4. 4.0 4.1 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "February 1991" (US; 1991-0x-xx), page 56
  5. 5.0 5.1 Raze, "August 1991" (UK; 1991-06-27), page 50
  6. Sega Power, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-04), page 35
  7. Game Players, "Vol. 3 No. 4 April 1991" (US; 1991-0x-xx), page 5
  8. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 21
  9. Beep! MegaDrive, "November 1990" (JP; 1990-10-XX), page 23
  10. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 127
  11. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 24
  12. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 291
  13. Famitsu, "" (JP; 1990-10-26), page 1
  14. Games-X, "31st May-6th June 1991" (UK; 1991-05-31), page 19
  15. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 74
  16. Joystick, "Décembre 1990" (FR; 1990-1x-xx), page 142
  17. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 90
  18. Mega Drive Fan, "January 1991" (JP; 1990-12-08), page 87
  19. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 19
  20. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 76
  21. Micromanía (segunda época), "Agosto 1991" (ES; 1991-0x-xx), page 37
  22. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 137
  23. Player One, "Juin 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 39
  24. Power Play, "2/91" (DE; 1991-01-18), page 148
  25. Sega Power, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-04), page 34
  26. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 52
  27. Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 23
  28. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 64
  29. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  30. Top Secret, "Luty 1995" (PL; 1995-xx-xx), page 57
  31. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 15
  32. User, "Máios 1991" (GR; 1991-0x-xx), page 66
  33. Video Games, "2/91" (DE; 1991-06-07), page 88
  34. Zero, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-0x-xx), page 63


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