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
£? ?























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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 is very common and has been re-released numerous times through various compilations. It was one of the first in it's genre for the Sega Mega Drive.

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

Players will take control of Anna Schwinn (European Manual) / Zana Keene (US Manual) a pilot for United Government Space Force and attempt to a stop powerful alien empire named Zorgon V (Europe) / Viking Terrorists led by Great Hilagi (US) using a transformable mecha-space fighter named Arrow Flash (Europe) / ERX-75 "Chameleon" developed by Anna's father Herbert Schwinn / Zana's grand father Zerrek Keene.

Gameplay

The player can transform to either a ship or as a mech by pressing A. B fires a regular shot in both forms. As a ship, C shoots a barrage of large laser bullets in all directions; as a mech, C thrusts the player forward, making the player invincible for several seconds. This is the so called Arrow Flash. Depending on the options settings, these C Button attacks must be collected or charged up.

In mech shape, movement is faster and options (as in Gradius style options) stay in fixed position above and below the ship. In ship shape, the options follow the ship the same way they do in Konami's Gradius series. Options are indestructable, can fire shots and absorb small enemy bullets. The ships firing rate is rather high and the game is fast paced. Dying once removes all collected equipment, but the player can resume gameplay where they died.

The game borrows a lot of elements from other games in the genre, e.g. the background of the second half of stage 2 shows a Darius like hyperspace pattern, while the floating islands look like they belong to Gradius. Stage 4's jungle looks like it was inspired by Thunder Force III. Stage 5 has a wire network in the background, as also seen in R-Type.

Weapons & Pickups

  • "A" adds one arrow flash. It doesn't appear when the Arrow Flash is set to charge mode.
  • "E" adds an energy barrier that can sustain 3 hits, very similar to the barrier seen in Thunder Force III
  • "S" speeds up movement
  • "F" adds an option, up to two can be held at the same time

Weapons are described by roman numbers:

  • "I" is a straight forward moving laser, an update of the standard shot
  • "II" is an arrow shaped shot that covers a wider area, it goes diagonally in robot shape. It's a bit slower than "I"
  • "III" is a shot very similar to the wavey shot as seen in R-Type. It's the slowest of all shots

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
ArrowFlash MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
ArrowFlash MD JP CartTop.jpg
ArrowFlash MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Arrowflash md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
ArrowFlash MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Arrowflash md us cart.jpg
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
ArrowFlash MD PT cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
ArrowFlash MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
ArrowFlash MD BR Cart Top.jpg
ArrowFlash MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, KR
ArrowFlash KR cover.jpg
Cover
ArrowFlash MD KR cart.jpg
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-xx-xx), 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-xx-xx), 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


Arrow Flash

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