Flashback

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Flashback
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD
Publisher: U.S. Gold
Sega Mega Drive
Sunsoft (JP)
Sega Mega-CD
Sega
Developer:
Original system(s): Amiga
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
GEMS
Genre: Action[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
Sega Mega Drive
  • English
  • Français
  • 日本語
  • Sega Mega-CD
  • English
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    JP
    ¥8,0008,000 T-15083
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    $64.9564.95[4] T-79066
    Sega Mega Drive
    EU
    79066-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    DE
    DM 129.95129.95[9] 79066-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    PT
    MD79066
    Sega Mega Drive
    UK
    £39.9939.99[7][8] 79066-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    SE
    (Rental)
    Sega Mega Drive
    AU
    Sega Mega Drive
    BR
    045070
    Sega Mega-CD
    US
    4448
    Videogame Rating Council: MA-13

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    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 International 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, IBM PC, FM Towns, iPhone OS, Mac OS, PC-9801, and Super NES. 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.

    Levels

    Flashback MD PlanetTitan.png

    Planet Titan

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    New Washington

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    Death Tower

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    Earth

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    The Secret Base of "Paradise"

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    The Planet of Morphs

    History

    Release

    Reportedly a European Mega-CD version was rejected by Sega, with the release being considered unviable for launch so long after the Mega Drive version[11].

    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 and was released for Dreamcast in 2018 as Fade to Black: Flashback 2. 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.

    JoshProd released a new version for the Sega Dreamcast in 2017.

    Production credits

    Mega Drive version

    The FlashBack Team is...
    • 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...: Lori Christensen, Patricia Cuisset, Anne-Marie Joassim, Jean-Pierre Luck, Marc Minier
    • 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
    Source:
    In-game credits

    Mega-CD version

    Flashback SEGA-CD Team:
    • 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: François 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 MARX, Mike SCHMITT
    • Art Director: Denis MERCIER
    • Project Manager: Benoist ARON
    • Directed by: Paul CUISSET
    • Music digitally recorded and mixed at: DELPHINE 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


    © MCMXCIV
    Source:
    In-game credits


    Source:
    US manual[12]

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Flashback/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    Main article: Flashback/Promotional material.

    Physical scans

    Mega Drive version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    94 №19, p39-41
    93 [13]
    93 [14]
    Sega Mega Drive
    93
    Based on
    3 reviews
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
    98
    [15]
    Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
    92
    [16]
    Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
    73
    [17]
    Consoles + (FR)
    96
    [18]
    Cool Gamer (RU)
    90
    [19]
    Computer & Video Games (UK)
    94
    [20]
    Digitiser (UK) PAL
    95
    [21]
    Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
    91
    [22]
    Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
    88
    [23]
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
    90
    [24]
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 6 (RU)
    70
    [25]
    Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
    93
    [26]
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    100
    [27]
    GamesMaster (UK)
    94
    [28]
    Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
    60
    [29]
    Joypad (FR)
    97
    [30]
    Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
    90
    [31]
    Mega (UK) PAL
    94
    [32]
    Mega Action (UK) PAL
    92
    [33]
    Mega Force (FR)
    97
    [34]
    Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
    87
    [35]
    MegaTech (UK) PAL
    95
    [36]
    Mean Machines Sega (UK) NTSC-U
    93
    [37]
    Player One (FR)
    96
    [38]
    Sega Magazin (DE)
    85
    [9]
    Sega Power (UK) NTSC-U
    93
    [39]
    Sega Pro (UK) PAL
    94
    [40]
    Sega Zone (UK) PAL
    94
    [41]
    Sega Force (SE)
    96
    [42]
    Sega Force (UK) PAL
    93
    [43]
    Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
    84
    [44]
    Supergame (BR)
    95
    [45]
    Supergame (BR)
    90
    [46]
    Supersonic (FR)
    93
    [47]
    Tricks 16 bit (RU)
    86
    [48]
    User (GR) PAL
    94
    [49]
    Sega Mega Drive
    91
    Based on
    36 reviews

    Flashback

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

    Flashback MD FR Manual.pdf
    Manual
    Mega Drive, FR (Blister pack)
    Flashback MD FR blister back.jpgFlashback MD FR blister front.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, PT
    Flashback MD PT cover.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
    Flashback MD SE rental cover.jpg
    Cover
    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-CD version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    {{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
    Based on
    0 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
    75
    [50]
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    83
    [51]
    Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
    50
    [52]
    Sega Mega-CD
    69
    Based on
    3 reviews

    Flashback

    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

    1. File:Flashback md jp cover.jpg
    2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
    3. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 69
    4. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "March 1993" (US; 1993-0x-xx), page 32
    5. 5.0 5.1 Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 26
    6. 6.0 6.1 Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-04-29), page 15
    7. Computer & Video Games, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-15), page 71
    8. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 53
    9. 9.0 9.1 Sega Magazin, "September/Oktober 1993" (DE; 1993-09-01), page 66
    10. Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 10 October 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 12
    11. Mega Power, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-20), page 6
    12. File:Flashback mcd us manual.pdf, page 30
    13. GamesMaster, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-17), page 78
    14. Sega Force Mega, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-06-24), page 89
    15. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 82
    16. Aktueller Software Markt, "September 1993" (DE; 1993-08-09), page 139
    17. Beep! MegaDrive, "January 1994" (JP; 1993-12-08), page 26
    18. Consoles +, "Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 56
    19. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 86
    20. Computer & Video Games, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-15), page 34
    21. Digitiser (UK) (1993-05-21)
    22. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "March 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 63
    23. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "May 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 24
    24. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 41
    25. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 6, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 24
    26. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 46
    27. GamePro, "February 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 38
    28. GamesMaster (UK) "Series 2, episode 9" (1992-11-26, 24:00) (+6:48)
    29. Hippon Super, "January 1994" (JP; 1993-12-03), page 40
    30. Joypad, "Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 72
    31. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-04-29), page 14
    32. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 52
    33. Mega Action, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-17), page 22
    34. Mega Force, "Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 94
    35. Mega Fun, "06/93" (DE; 1993-05-19), page 26
    36. MegaTech, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-23), page 56
    37. Mean Machines Sega, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-26), page 18
    38. Player One, "Mars/Avril 1993" (FR; 1993-03-10), page 64
    39. Sega Power, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-06), page 32
    40. Sega Pro, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-13), page 42
    41. Sega Zone, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-xx), page 36
    42. Sega Force, "4/93" (SE; 1993-07-08), page 6
    43. Sega Force, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-06), page 32
    44. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
    45. Supergame, "Abril 1993" (BR; 1993-04-xx), page 6
    46. Supergame, "Maio 1993" (BR; 1993-05-xx), page 20
    47. Supersonic, "Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 10
    48. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 14
    49. User, "Septémvrios 1993" (GR; 1993-0x-xx), page 26
    50. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 46
    51. GamePro, "January 1995" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 68
    52. Next Generation, "April 1995" (US; 1995-03-21), page 95
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    Flashback games for Sega systems
    Sega Mega Drive
    Flashback (1993)
    Sega Mega-CD
    Flashback (1994) | Morphs: Flashback 2 (unreleased)
    Sega Saturn
    Fade to Black (unreleased)
    Sega Dreamcast
    Flashback (2017) | Fade to Black (2018)