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Flashback: The Quest for Identity - Review 2

It seems like Flashback on the 64-bit wonder is not exactly a favorite. At the time I was in my game purchasing frenzy I overlooked the title all together. Flashback is a port of 16-bit Sega game does this rule it a bad game? In itís time flashback was the king of the thinking mans platform games with smooth character animation and methodical play. The graphics will not make you jump up and dance but they are very clean and polished.

The story goes: You are playing the part of Conrad Hart, something bad has happened to you. The game starts out on the artificial jungle planet titan with no memory, so begins to your quest to find yourself. After you find yourself and who you are you will begin a save the earth from the aliens quest.

Getting around: Unlike Mario (you know who Mario is donít you?), Conradís movement is very true to life, if you fall to far you will die, you must use your better judgment when attempting jumps. The pace of the game is slow when walking. The first level will help you to master your motor skills controlling Conrad.

Game Play: The feel of Flashback is relaxed problem solving play mixed with short or sometimes long bursts of intense action. You may get stuck on a puzzle or problem for quite a while until it hits you then afterwards you will be asking yourself why didnít I think of that sooner. You can hit or shoot your opponents as you please and most enemies and obstacles react on point of view meaning until they see you they wonít be shooting. The point of view feature gives you the upper hand and some time to think out just what youíre going to do before your going to do it.

Graphics: The graphics in Flashback are not stunning the game was originally a 16-bit creation. The graphics are clean cut but short on color. I might also mention that sometimes the game will suffer slow down which is clearly the programmerís fault seeing a 16-bit game on a 64-bit system.

Scores:

Graphics: 7 Not too bad, this game ages well for a 16-bit game.

Fun Factor: 7 Fun game, sometimes to frustrating and I threw it down but you will be back for more.

Sound: 8 Sound effects are good, no music though.

Final thoughts: Flashback is a true 16-bit classic ported to our jaguar, if you have never played this game on the Sega then it might be worth checking out.

-RayNET, RayNET@IX.NETCOM.COM

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