Flashback - The Quest for Identitya game by U.S. Gold, and Delphine Software
Like an episode from the Twilight Zone, Flashback takes you on a mind-blowing journey into the future. You wake up in an Artificial Jungle with one small problem...you have no memory! However, the answer to that mystery only opens the door to many more.
Control Your Destiny
Your journey of self-discovery progresses through seven challenging levels, ranging from an Artificial Jungle to an alien world of Morphs. You must shoot it out with bad creatures, out-think booby traps, decipher alien technology, and develop strategies. In the end, only cunning and timing will get you back home.
- Timing is key here! When you trip the Laser Cannon, duck, then immediately jump to the ledge above you.
- Jump over this electrified floor to reach the elevator.
- You'll find the Teleporter on the elevator deck. Be sure you leave a Stone on the Elevator Activator.
Luckily, Flashback is one of the most enjoyable games to play on any system, and the controls help make it that way. No real tough control pad sequences to remember here. However, you can make your character do a variety of unique things: run, broad jump, draw and holster his gun, and even do an incredibly lifelike combat roll.
When you come to a ledge, don't be quick to jump down. Some ledges have steeper drops than others, which can mean instant death. Climb down to check it out first, then drop if necessary.
Flashy Graphics, Flashy Sounds
On the SNES, you still get Flashback's impressive overall graphics. The animation is so fluid, you'd swear that the characters are real people. This goes for the creatures as well, especially the evil Morphs who roll around like blobs, then assume a humanoid shape to attack. Slick rotoscoped cinematic sequences bring the story line to life. The only minor drawback in Flashback is the noticeable slowdown when multiple characters appear.
- Throw a Stone to the right and the guards will go to investigate the noise. When they do, they will activate the Laser Gun, which will in turn eliminate the guards.
- Shoot this joker as soon as you get near him. If you don't get him first, he'll wait till you pass him and shoot you in the back.
You won't want to pass on this 16-bit version's first-rate sound, either. From the sound effects of Morphs rolling on the ground to the roar of gunshots, the audio pumps. In addition, the musical score does an excellent job of creating mood, alerting you to danger, or applauding success.
Flashback has all the ingredients of a 16-bit classic: great graphics, extraordinary animation, cool sounds, and adrenaline-pumping action. The only bad thing to say about this game is that it's so addicting, you won't have time for anything else.
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