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Soundtrack review: Flashback The Quest for identity (Rich Douglas – 2015)

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“Flashback”, released as Flashback: The Quest for Identity in the United States, is a 1992 science fiction cinematic platform game developed by Delphine Software of France and published by U.S. Gold in United States and Europe, and Sunsoft in Japan. As a cinematic platformer, Flashback features gameplay similar to that of 1989’s Prince of Persia, and Delphine’s own Another World released in 1991. Each level spans a large number of non-scrolling screens, nearly all of which feature multiple levels of altitude — requiring the player character Conrad to jump, grab onto ledges, climb, use elevators, and drop onto lower levels. Conrad exhibits realistic human running speed and jumping ability, as well as realistic weakness — he will die if he falls from too great a height. The score is composed by Rich Douglas.

Why haven’t I played this game? I don’t game a lot, but both Prince of Persia and Another world remind me of my childhood and have a very high nostalgia factor for me. But even with these memories the nostalgia level pales in comparison to the one brought upon by the score. If you’ve been reading my reviews you already know that there no sound more precious to me and close to my heart than the 80s synth sound. Ok this was released in the early 90s but the magic is the same. The sweet darkness of the metallic and electronic pulses…countless memories of movies and games from my early childhood… visions of Terminators and strange creatures floating on an old computer screen. Yes, the score isn’t as simple as game music from the 80s. A cue like “Main titles (menu screen)” could work on a thriller like “The terminator” and this makes the score all the more appealing.

I am hopelessly addicted to this sound. A score like this is perfect to me because I helps me travel back in time without any obstacle. Every cue deserves five stars and the entire “Flashback” album will go in my pocket. I will keep this one close and listen to it whenever I need a shot of 80s nostalgia. 80s kids, rush to get this one. It will taste like the favorite desert of your childhood.

Cue rating: 100 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 16 / 16

Album excellence: 100%

Highlights:

Delphine Logos

Conrad Escapes (Opening)

Main Titles (Menu Screen)

Waking

A Dangerous Place (extended)

Item Fanfare

Sighting the Guard

The Jump (Descent into the Tunnels)

Entering New Washington (extended)

Conrads Memories

Mission

Taxi Ride

Tension (Death)

Hypersleep (Menu Screen Reprise)

End Titles (Ending)

Flashback Menu Music – 2015 Cinematic Version

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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