Flash Point

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For the unlicensed Sega Master System game, see Flashpoint (Master System).


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Flash Point
System(s): Sega System 16
Publisher: Sega
Genre: Puzzle

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (System 16)
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Flash Point (フラッシュポイント) is an arcade puzzle game by Sega. It was released for Sega System 16 hardware in 1989.


Gameplay screenshot from the System 16 version.

Flash Point is an extension of Sega's 1988 version of Tetris (using the same Sega rotation ruleset and Tetrimino colour scheme), however rather than being judged by how many lines are cleared, the player is tasked with removing highlighted blocks from the screen (or "flashing points").

Instead of starting with a blank playfield, the player can choose from a number of pre-determined layouts. While points are awarded in a similar manner to Tetris, the big scores come from removing the highlighted blocks. Levels have a bonus timer which rapidly counts down at the bottom of the matrix; the faster the player clears the flashing blocks, the more bonus points they earn at the end of a level. There are a total of 90 levels.

De facto Sega mascots Flicky (Flicky), Alex Kidd (Alex Kidd in Miracle World), Opa-Opa (Fantasy Zone) and Princess Kurumi (Ninja Princess) make cameos in the game, wishing the player luck just before starting a level. In addition, all of the backgrounds are recycled from Fantasy Zone.



Flash Point was later re-released in the Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.28: Tetris Collection in its original form. Also included in this collection is a previously-unreleased Sega Mega Drive version of Flash Point—the ROM of which has since been ripped and circulates on the internet today. It is unknown whether Flash Point suffered a similar fate to Sega's Tetris - dropped from the release schedule due to a lack of valid license for home console conversions of the game.

Zemina made an unlicensed port to the MSX and Sega Master System in some unknown year, calling it Flashpoint.

Arcade version


Magazine articles

Main article: Flash Point/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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System 16 JP flyer

Physical scans

System 16, JP
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Instuction card(s)

Unreleased versions

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Flash Point
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sega
State before cancellation: Late in development
Status of prototype(s): Extracted from Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.28: Tetris Collection

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
SHA-1 358e4dc17b4269b34273b7c4ce1d57c0c01ffd4e
128kB 1989-01 PlayStation 2 disc Download.svg (62 kB) (info) Page

External links


  1. http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/User:Andlabs/Sega (Wayback Machine: 2021-09-04 11:55)
  2. https://sega-interactive.co.jp/product/7647/ (Wayback Machine: 2019-06-05 19:35)
  3. Game Machine Daikenkyuu (JP; 1989-10-15), page 77
  4. [FlashPointBloxeed Music JP sheet.pdf FlashPointBloxeed Music JP sheet.pdf]

Flash Point

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Music: Flash Point/Bloxeed (1990)
Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: 1989-01

Tetris and Tetris-like games for Sega systems/developed by Sega
Sega: Tetris (1989) | Flash Point (1989) | Bloxeed (1989) | Sega Tetris (1999) | Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 28: Tetris Collection (2006) | Tetris Giant (2010) | Puyo Puyo Tetris (2014) | Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 (2020)
Third-Party: Blockout (1991) | Tetris Plus (1996) | Tetris S (1996) | Tetris 4D (1998) | The Next Tetris: On-Line Edition (2000) | Tetris Kiwamemichi (2004) | Tetris The Grand Master 4: The Masters of Round (unreleased)
Unlicensed: Super Columns (1990) | Super Tetris (19xx) | Flashpoint (19xx)
Tetris related media
Tetremix (1989) | Flash Point/Bloxeed (1990) | New Century (2006) | Puyo Puyo Tetris 1 & 2 Original Soundtrack (2020)