20 years after the original game’s launch, Conrad is enlisted back to active service for the triumphant return of one of the most acclaimed franchises in gaming history. It’s not a reboot. It’s Flashback re-imagined.
User reviews: Mixed (152 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 1, 2013

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About This Game

20 years after the original game’s launch, Conrad is enlisted back to active service for the triumphant return of one of the most acclaimed franchises in gaming history.

It’s not a reboot. It’s Flashback re-imagined. The original Core-Team revamped their own creation, leveraging the best of today’s technology while remaining true to the classic side-scroller that set the standards of the genre in the 90’s.

Key Features



One of the best adventure-action games ever created re-imagined by its creators. It’s the same team. It’s the same passion. Only this time, they have had much more firepower at their disposal to recreate the legendary classic!

Gorgeous graphics, amazing animations. It’s the Flashback you’ve always dreamed of. True to the original spirit but made a million times better by using modern engines such as Unreal and Havok. The makeover is completely stunning.

It’s all about Gameplay. The team modernized gameplay mechanics, making the game more reactive, offering new features, like gadgets and an experience progression system. But the developers kept the original formula in mind: a fine balance between rolling and shooting, exploring remote space stations and obliterating hostile alien planets.

Bringing back new memories. The story was revamped to speak to 21st century gamers. Most of the cast of the original game is still here – Conrad, the Morphs – but you can expect new characters and a few twists you’re definitely not going to forget… this time.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP SP3 / Windows® Vista SP2 / Windows® 7 SP1
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo E4400 2.0GHz or Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX® 9 / Radeon HD 2600XT or GeForce 7600 GS
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0-compliant sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® XP SP3 / Windows® Vista SP2 / Windows® 7 SP1
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz or Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5600+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX® 9 / Radeon HD 3470 or GeForce 8600GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0-compliant sound card
Helpful customer reviews
1.1 hrs on record
So far, I've really enjoyed this re-imagining of what is truly one of my favourite titles of all time. I was a very young gamer first time round, I enjoyed the revamp a few years later. I'm enjoying that not everything is idential so whilst there is a lot to be familar of, it isn't completely like a replay of a game I played through all those years ago.

I would recommend this game, but please don't go in expecting it to be an exact re-make with HD graphics, it has been re-imagined, so there will be differences. That isn't a bad thing though, after all, it is the original team's re-imagining of this true classic!!

Love it!! :-)
Posted: October 17
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
By playing Flashback I was hoping to get a nostalgia trip and a happy reunion with Conrad. After six hours I wouldn't say it's the best game I've played, not either a game I put a lot of time in, but I liked getting flashbacks to a bygone era. The steering is more action oriented than the original and the story is changed a bit. I bought the game on sale on Steam and the low price justifies the six hours of gaming fun (completed it on Normal difficulty). I don't think I'll be playing through all of the achievments in the game. However, recommended for a challenging and nostalgic gaming session.
Posted: August 3
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
A Decent Remake of the original which I played on the Amiga, I don't get what people are ♥♥♥♥♥ing about, yeah you need to install Uplay to be honest its pretty unobtrusive and only starts when you actually start the game up. Ok, so maybe its a bit redundant to have both steam and uplay as drm but its not such a big deal as people are making out (waah, waah, Uplay, Ubisoft evil, paranoia etc.)

Comes with a free copy of the 1993 original as well, what more can you ask for?
Posted: August 13
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12 of 22 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
I was going to review this game but sadly I erased my memory of the experience and stored it in a holocube which I purposefully lost...

I'm guessing it was bad though.
Posted: July 25
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3 of 10 people (30%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
This is on sale at gamefly right now for like $2 bucks. This is fun to play, very polished game.

I loved the original, this is better.
Posted: June 7
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3 of 12 people (25%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
This game is awful. Okay? Like... I loved the original Flashback, and honestly, this is what I bought this game for. BUT IT DOESN'T EVEN START! The bloody uPlay thing pops up when I click the button to play the original and nothing else happens. The remake is terrible in it's own way. There's too much combat, the aiming system is designed for a gamepad and is absolutely unreliable with a mouse, the voice acting sounds like it has been done by somebody who has never voiceacted anything at all before. The puzzle elements present in the original Flashback (like, getting a thing and not knowing what to do with it) are completely gone "thanks" to the objective system. Finally, the hell is with the level up thing? Flashback was never meant to have any RPG elements, and honestly, it would be way better off without them. At last, uPlay. Dear god, it's annoying.
Posted: June 22
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6.4 hrs on record
Not the 1:1 remake of the old original one, but a very fun game with nice visuals. Just the options menu could have more config possibilities for the combat system like "mouse sensibility" and mouse button config. And i had some save file corruption issues because of uplay cloud sync.
I can recommend this for all. Give it a try :)
Posted: June 1
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0.6 hrs on record
I can't rate the game because I have not been able to play it so far.

Forgot to check the publisher, it comes from Ubi so you need their crapware to play. I tried to give it a chance since I enjoyed the original from 20 years ago, however this time Uplay won.

Created my uPlay account, the login is crappy. I have wasted too much time resetting the password because it won't allow me in.

From now on I'll double check any game before purchase to make sure it's not from ubi.
Posted: June 24
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7.6 hrs on record
Good Game
Posted: May 4
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3.5 hrs on record
Loved the original back in the day. Bought this version for $5. Worth it. Sort of cheesy and cliche but other wise it's an ok game. Only about 2-3 hrs of gameplay. Recommended if you played the original otherwise it's probably skippable.
Posted: July 1
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8.8 hrs on record
side scrolling blast from the past. i remember playing this as a kid and still has its charm. funny characters and updated graphics. game of the year no. if you want a simple fun game to play when your not in mood for others this is the casual game you should try.
Posted: July 11
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6.1 hrs on record
Glitchy platformer with uncomfortable controls. Very short story. Fans of the original might enjoy the replay value with animations and graphics, but to new players, it's kinda a bore.
Posted: September 20
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3.9 hrs on record
When the original game from 1993 manages to have a more compelling storyline and more interesting characters, YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING WRONG.

Huge fan of the original game on the Sega MegaDrive/Genesis, and I got this because I thought "it may not be perfect, but it can't be THAT bad..."

...wrong.

The controls are horrible, the graphics look like every other run-of-the-mill Xbox Live arcade game, and honestly I liked the story of the original better.

They changed a few things too many in my taste (Ian, Death Tower, final level).
The final level was a JOKE compared to the original. If you had to fight more than one Morph at a time, you were in SERIOUS trouble. It was possible, but with a lot of dodging, moving and constantly getting a little hit in here and there. Here though? Not so much.
The level up system seems tacked on.

The last two stages were a repetetive chore to get through, and only because I wanted to see the disappointing ending.
Anyway, this may seem like a huge rant, and...well, it is, but the game did have one or two redeeming factors. It looked ok. Conrad was ok as long as he wasn't talking smack. The hoverbike minigame was nice enough.

The rest though? Mmh. No. Would not buy it again if I had the choice.
Posted: July 8
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1.3 hrs on record
Back in my highschool days the Sega Vs. Nintendo war was serious. Flashback was one of those games that was simply amazing. Played it non-stop till I beat it. Then played it again. And a few more times. There is a lot of nostalgia with this game, and I love the re-imagining of this current version. Even just watching the opening sequence the other day when I booted it up for the first time brought back memories.
If you appreciate an old-school feel, puzzle adventure, this game is a must
Posted: July 21
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69 of 80 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
I loved the original. I have many fond memories of it. I loved the soundtrack of the original. This game isn't even worth the effort of shovelling it on my lawn and I'm fairly certain if I did it would kill it. This game isn't necissarily bad if you've never played "Flashback: The Quest for Identity" but if you're seeking the nostalgia of your childhood, this game will ♥♥♥♥ you off very quickly.

The only thing this game has in common with the original is that the levels are very slightly similar and the main character's name is Conrad. The end. The game felt very "dumbed down". There are popups on the hud EVERYWHERE that say, "Go here. You can climb this. Talk to him. There's only one path you can take but we're going to tell you to take it anyway!" Luckily, those can be turned off. I decided to play the game on medium and found out immediately that the difficulty settings were made for console ♥♥♥♥♥. There's a helth bar, light falling damage, enemies attempt to tickle you to death, and healing stations are closer together than Starbucks. They also tried to add an RPG aspect by allowing you to gain experience, level up, and spend points in different skills. In a few ways this is good but mostly makes me ask, "Why the hell would anyone add RPG aspects to a Prince of Persia like?"

The controls feel similar to the original but they added an extra jump button and an arc style aiming system. The controls were definitely made for dual thumbstick controllers and then (horribly) modified for pc. Aiming is done by moving the mouse up and down to adjust angle and then moving the mouse left and right to switch sides. This gets annoying when you're trying to adjust your angle and accidently move your mouse too far to one side, causing Conrad to turn around and take it in the butt. If you have a controller to use with the game then it might not be that bad but mouse and keyboard controls get frustrating.

Bug time! This game contains bugs. There were a few times while aiming that the mouse would become locked in one place and I had to right click furiously to get control back. There are also times when grabing onto a platform would cause Conrad to get stuck and stand in mid air next to the platform. I only encountered this a few times and it did not deter me from the game but then again it never happened during a part where it actually mattered.

Playing this game does bring back warm nostalgic memories in the sense that I want to go dig out my old SNES and play the original game. Overall I feel like someone who played through the original once when it released is attempting to remake the game on age old memories. The only consolation I have is that I purchased this game during a Steam sale and didnt pay full price.
Posted: December 20, 2013
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82 of 105 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Uplay? No, I don't. Thanks for ruining this experience for me. Steam, please put up a LARGE disclaimer during checkout if I'm going to NEED secondary malware programs to run a "Steam" game I purchased, thanks.
Posted: April 4
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68 of 96 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
I was warned/told point blank not to buy this game, but being hard-headed I did anyways on the most recent sale. It was a huge mistake. There is pretty much nothing redeeming about the product.

Let me break it down for you: the area design is bizarre and exploring is both frustrating and tedious. The combat is imprecise and the enemies (on Normal difficulty) rapidly become bullet sponges. The platforming is even worse. The jumping animation is downright laughable and is hard to predict. I ended up skipping the cutscenes due to the painfulness of of the story, writing and voice acting.

Some of the level art is nice, but it isn't worth suffering through the rest to see it.

I regret purchasing the game and I wish I had listened to the recommendation to avoid it. The demo doesn't really reveal many of the issues of the game so considered yourself warned.



Posted: November 30, 2013
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62 of 87 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
From the publishing house responsible for publishing games that you have bought based on novel to game adaptations of a certain new york times best selling author, comes a remake of a game you probably haven't played before, because you're all like twelve, and don't know what's good. Flashback is a remake of a much better game by french publisher 'Delphine' and it was a god damn masterpiece. This game is still very much french, but obviously tries to capitalize on the call of duty dollars by having the character shoot all of the mans instead of solving all of the puzzles or discovering all of the mysteries. the game is designed pretty close to the original actually, besides different item placement and much more numerous enemies to shoot with your dutycaller9000. The story is also very much intact, though this time done through full motion video cutscenes with voice actors. The game is still pretty nice, and besides too much shooting early on, and about the same ammount of shooting later on, it is more or less faithful to the original. If you disagree, the original is included with this game so it's like you get that too incase you don't like this one. If you play this game, be sure to play on hard, as easy and normal dificulties are ♥♥♥♥ing garbage. I hope that ubisoft has plans to develop and re-release a remake of the sequel 'Fade to Black' so I can complain about that too.
Posted: October 11, 2013
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
If you played old Flashback and liked it, the only thing why you can check this game, to remind storyline and watch cutscenes in 3D. All other aspects of the game will disappoint you greatly. If not, just pass, because it just ugly mutant pretending to be a good game.
Don't want to compare it with old game, it's like compare Alexander the Great with bum Alexander, just because they have same names.
So, just pros and cons.
Pros first, not many of them, really:
+ UE3 doing it's job well, so graphics there not bad
+ Customisable interface
+ Few cutscenes, not perfect, but may be watched once
and cons:
- controls, devs tried to make hybrid between old scheme and modern, ummm, they failed
- aiming, you can turn your gun only in few angles
- difficulty, it's easy as hell (if do not count controls) , you can easily go face to face with 2 or more enemies and kill them all
- stupid air drones
-enemy placement and respawning
- useless levels and skills system
- Too talkative Conrad, he spam stupid phrases too often
- All other cutscenes, especially ending in the Death Tower
- Changes in story (lost and found girl for example)
- Even empty jungle looks more alive, then futuristic "should-be-overcrowded" city
- Level design
- Awful voiceover, I tried english and russian, it's like choosing between bad and worse
- Interface, overloaded with not needed information (at least most of it can be turned off in settings)
- Old version of Flashback included in the game, looks more like a joke in this arcade machine frame and without sound at all
- SFX...
enough?
nah, add also Uplay client as 3rd party DRM. (You need to install game, install uplay, update uplay, close it and finally run the game again)
Posted: January 10
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33 of 47 people (70%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
http://youtu.be/KXwJg6KwXqI

Flashback Video Review text version:


Flashback is a cool game in looks and concept that is ultimately let down by some awkward controls and gameplay elements that could have been better implemented. With a bit more core content, the game could have extended its presence, but as it stands, it's a short experience not likely to entice players beyond a single run through. For nostalgia's sake it's worth a punt, but some elements such as the voice acting might leave you a bit underwhelmed. The price might seem right at under £8, but in terms of value there's enough here to get your monies worth - but that will largely depend on how big a fan you are.

Score 6/10 - Review by Robert Cram
Posted: November 26, 2013
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