If you were a gamer in 1992, you may well have fond memories of Flashback — or, as it was known in the U.S., Flashback: The Quest for Identity.
Created by Paul Cuisset, the platform game was reminiscent of Prince of Persia, but set in the far future. Well, almost 30 years later, it’s coming to iOS in a new, updated version.
If you played Prince of Persia, you’ll probably have some idea of what to expect here. Flashback takes place on a series of non-scrolling screens, in which your character must leap, fight villains and solve puzzles. Like Prince, the animation is impressively fluid — thanks to the 1992 version of motion capture.
I haven’t played Flashback or its sequel, Fade to Black, since the 1990s. However, at the time this was definitely one of those games that everyone seemingly had. It appeared on just about every platform going, including the Macintosh were I played it.
A fancy update
For this forthcoming port, creator Cuisset has worked with SFL Interactive to add some neat updates. These include remastered sound and music, new graphic effects, a rewind function, and a control system designed with touch screen in mind.
It will certainly still appear pretty retro in the face of new AAA titles. But the great thing about this rotoscoped animation style is that it’s aged far better than a lot of the early 3D games which followed a few years later. This came toward the end of the platform game boom, and it reflects that by bringing a highly polished, graphically rich presentation.
Flashback will land in the App Store on July 22. It will be priced at $4.99. That’s a whole lot less than you would have had to pay for it back in the day — even in 1992 money.