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|Flashback: The Quest for Identity, is an action adventure game developed by Delphine Software for the Amiga in 1992. Other 16bit versions followed 2 years later (MegaCD, SNES, PC-CD, 3DO, CD-i, Jaguar). The game combines some great features we already saw in Another World and Prince of Persia!|
STORY / GAMEPLAY
The year is 2142 AD. Conrad Hart, a research scientist who has spent the last few months preparing his thesis, accidentally found out -by using his new Molecular Density Analyzer- that some people have too high densities to be humans...! Yes, we have another alien plot to conquer humanity. He also realized that these individuals are actually top-ranking members, including military strategists, politicians and more. Afraid of being uncovered, the mysterious alien-likes kidnap Conrad, erase his memory and imprison him inside a high security hospital, from where he eventually manages to escape. The game starts showing Conrad's escape sequence where guards are pursuing him and he flies away with his hover-bike, finally crashing into the jungle. Conrad is presumed dead and left on his own. And here's where the action begins! The whole adventure takes place on an artificial jungle in a colony of planet Titan (Saturn's moon)! Conrad must go back to Earth to warn the authorities for the aliens' plans. He must exit the jungle and head to the capital city. During his quest, Conrad will jump onto several platforms and avoid or shoot down aliens using his gun, sometimes by sneaking behind them. The hero jumps and climbs everywhere he can and some of his movements demand great attention. Conrad can collect several items and solve puzzles by activating certain items to open locked paths, bridges etc. He must be also careful to look for generators in order to recharge his protective shield. Flashback is an awesome action adventure that offers a nearly cinematic "taste". The game is full of non-interactive animation sequences between its six levels, that will unveil the plot. The passwords are provided when you complete a level and also there are scattered some SAVE POINTS (consoles) in order to save your progress. Honestly the game successfully combines some of the beautiful features found in Another World and Prince of Persia!
GRAPHICS / SOUND
Delphine Software are known for creating great games. The visuals of the Acorn version are identical to the Amiga and greatly done with many colors on screen, beautiful environments, fantastic sprites, smooth animation and digitized sound effects. The intro music is awesome as well. All tech features combined, we have one of the best games ever created for the Acorn Archimedes home computer series.
|CPU: CPU: 32-bit RISC architecture ARM2 8Mhz (A300 and A400 series, A3000) ; ARM3 25/33Mhz (A540/A5000/A4) ; ARM250 12 Mhz (A3010, A3020, A4000)|
MEMORY: 1-8Mb RAM
GRAPHICS: 12bit RGB palette (4096 colours) (12-bit) supporting 16 hardware palette registers. Resolutions from 160x256 to 640x512with with 4, 16 or 256 colours on screen. Also supported 1152x896 with 2 colours.
SOUND: 8 channels 8 bit logarithmic with 7 independent stereo positions
|12bit RGB 4096-colors palette (256 on screen)|
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