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System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD
Publisher: U.S. Gold
Sega Mega Drive
Sunsoft (JP)
Sega Mega-CD
Original system(s): Amiga
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
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
    ¥8,0008,000 T-15083
    Sega Mega Drive
    $64.9564.95[4] T-79066
    Sega Mega Drive
    Sega Mega Drive
    DM 129.95129.95[9] 79066-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    Sega Mega Drive
    £39.9939.99[7][8] 79066-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    Sega Mega Drive
    Sega Mega Drive
    Sega Mega-CD
    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.


    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.


    Flashback MD PlanetTitan.png
    Planet Titan
    New Washington
    Death Tower
    The Secret Base of "Paradise"
    The Planet of Morphs



    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].


    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
    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

    In-game credits

    US manual

    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
    92 [13]
    73 [14]
    84 [15]
    96 [16]
    94 [17]
    93 [18]
    94 №19, p39-41
    100 [19]
    93 №7, p78
    94 №19
    60 №1994-01, p40
    97 [20]
    90 №10, p14-17
    94 №9, p52-53
    92 №2, p22-23
    97 [21]
    93 [22]
    96 [23]
    93 №43, p32-35
    94 №20, p42-43
    94 №8, p36-39
    93 [24]
    96 [25]
    93 [26]
    95 [27]
    90 [28]
    93 №8, p10-11
    Sega Mega Drive
    Based on
    27 reviews
    Mega Drive, JP
    Flashback md jp cover.jpg
    Flashback MD JP CartTop.jpg
    Flashback md jp cart.jpg
    Mega Drive, US
    Flashback MD US Box.jpg
    Flashback MD US Cart.jpg
    Flashback MD US Manual.pdf
    Flashback MD US pcb.jpg
    Mega Drive, EU
    Flashback MD EU Box.jpg
    Flashback MD EU Cart.jpg
    Flashback MD EU pcb.jpg
    Mega Drive, FR

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

    Mega Drive, BR
    Flashback md br cover.jpg
    Flashback MD BR Cart.jpg
    Flashback md br manual.pdf

    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
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
    Sega Mega-CD
    Based on
    3 reviews


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

    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)


    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; 199x-xx-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. 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. Aktueller Software Markt, "September 1993" (DE; 1993-08-09), page 137 (139)
    14. Beep! MegaDrive, "January 1994" (JP; 1993-12-08), page 24 (26)
    15. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 83 (85)
    16. Consoles +, "Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 56-60 (60)
    17. Computer & Video Games, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-15), page 34-37 (34)
    18. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 46
    19. GamePro, "February 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 36-37 (38)
    20. Joypad, "Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 72-75 (75)
    21. Mega Force, "Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 94-98 (98)
    22. Mean Machines Sega, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-26), page 16-20 (16)
    23. Player One, "Mars/Avril 1993" (FR; 1993-03-10), page 64-67 (60)
    24. Sega Force Mega, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-06-24), page 89
    25. Sega Force, "4/93" (SE; 1993-07-08), page 6-7 (6)
    26. Sega Force, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-06), page 32-35 (32)
    27. Supergame, "Abril 1993" (BR; 1993-04-xx), page 6-7 (7)
    28. Supergame, "Maio 1993" (BR; 1993-05-xx), page 20-23 (20)
    29. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 46
    30. GamePro, "January 1995" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 68
    31. Next Generation, "April 1995" (US; 1995-03-21), page 95
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