Throwback Thursday - Flashback: The Quest for Identity
Long before my mind was really ready to delve into Science Fiction deeper than Star Wars, I was exposed to the classic Flashback: The Quest for Identity which came out on PC (Amiga-Mac), SNES, Genesis, Sega CD, 3DO, and even Jaguar. The game had a unique style as the animation was roto-scoped in front of hand drawn backgrounds so it looked more smooth and dynamic than most of its contemporaries. The gameplay was similar to Prince of Persia with lots of jumping and catching ledges with some combat and complex puzzles, but the hook for me was the story. You wake up in the forest without your memories and find out that you stumbled upon technology that showed you that aliens live among us. Later I would see this story as a combination of They Live and Total Recall which didn’t diminish it in the least, but as a youth I was fascinated. This was my beginning of game stories evolving beyond “Gang stole your girl, beat them up” (Double Dragon) or just “Stop the Bad Guy”. I remember seeing the enhanced cut-scenes from the Sega CD version and being so jealous of the cinematic quality of the game. Another bonus for this game was that my copy on Genesis came with a comic book that gave some back story. As this was a ripe period for comics and I was already throwing much of my money in that direction it was a great way to hook me into the premise of the game. If this game was one that you missed pick up a copy and enjoy from Sci-Fi adventure.