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Flashback - The Quest for Identity

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Release: May 30, 2012 - Author: kurisuteian - Translator: DaxRider123
Flashback is a Cyberpunk adventure made by the French company "Delphine Software" (of "Another World" fame) which was released in 1992.

Originally, the game was made for Commodore's Amiga, however, later on was also ported to the PC and the SNES. Unfortunately, the SNES version had to be altered: 2 video sequences were shortened and 2 levels were changed.


It is highly possible that the video sequences were altered due to technical reasons, since the PC version uses roughly three times as much disk space (about 6 MB) as the SNES version does.

The alteration from "Death Tower" to "Cyber Tower" is not really that bothering, since it still fits to the cyberpunk theme of the game; still, it's an alteration.

NOTE: All the alterations of the European version were also made for the US version.


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Video sequence: Introduction

The Intro of the SNES version was heavily cut. The exact difference is hard to tell, since the videos of the SNES version are slower. The entire intro on the PC lasts for 52 seconds and if you would run it in the same speed as the SNES version, (which lasts for 47 seconds) you can see that you miss out on about 22 seconds.

You see our protagonist - Conrad Hart - fleeing from an unspecified building complex. At first he's on foot, later on he rides a sort of "hoverbike" (a flying motorcycle). After he escaped from the building complex, a space ship follows and shoots at him. The video sequence ends after he was hit above a jungle-like area and crashs.

Again and again the SNES version misses out on a few short scenes, especially those where he barely dodges his followers projectiles.

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Level design: New Washington

In the second level they made a "bar" into a "café" and the "barman" now is a "waiter". Additionally, the advertising posters of the "Death Tower Show" were altered and now advertise for the "Cyber Tower Show". Both alterations can also be found on the map as well as the corresponding dialogues.

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Level design: Death Tower

In the third level, all logos of the "Death Tower Show" were changed - now you can read "Cyber Tower Show" everywhere. These alterations happen throughout the entire level.

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Video sequence: Arrival on Planet Earth

The video sequence of the fourth level was shortened. Again, the exact difference in time is hard to tell. The entire intro on the PC lasts for 43 seconds and if you would run it on the same speed as the SNES version, (which lasts for 41 seconds) you can see that you miss out on about 12 seconds.

Conrad Hart survived the Death Tower (resp. Cyber Tower) game show and won a travel back to Earth. He gets the tickets and then sets forth on his journey.

You don't see a small space ship starting off from a srange planet and landing inside a bigger space ship in space.

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