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Video Game Flashback Review
Flashback (2013) is a running and jumping game with a strong narrative. Made in the 90s it's similar to Another World and Prince of Persia.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Flashback 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 months ago.

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Flashback is a running and jumping game with a strong narrative. Made in the 90s it's similar to Another World and Prince of Persia.

Each level spans a large number of non-scrolling screens, nearly all of which feature multiple levels of altitude – requiring you to jump, grab onto ledges, climb, use elevators, and drop onto lower levels.

Your character, Conrad, exhibits realistic human running speed and jumping ability, as well as a realistic weakness – he will die if he falls from too great a height. He has a gun with limited ammunition and a force shield. You must solve the spatial puzzles to progress but it is in how this advances the narrative that is of most interest.

It's a story of lost memories, paying a great price to defeat evil and the ultimate question of whether at the end of the adventure this is worth it.


This game is good if you want to:

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This is a Narrative and Traversal game with Adventure, Platform, Shooting and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for depictions of arcade style violence against human like characters.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence.
Contains frequent mild violence and occasional mild bad language. Shooting enemies will cause them to fall down. All human beings are not detailed enough to see facial expression, however they are quite realistic in their way of behaving. Falling from a great height or stepping into an electric field will cause the character to die.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to time the running and jumping and respond to what's on screen quickly. But it's also a game where you can lean on memorisation of the levels and enemies. Providing younger players have these skills they can really enjoy this retro adventure.


Flashback usually costs £0.89 to £15.99.


XBox Store Xbox One £15.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Steam Store PC £8.59
Steam Store PC £8.99
Steam Store PC £0.89
Switch Store Switch £13.49
Steam Store Mac £8.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/10/2013, updated in 2018

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Traversal (Adventure, Platform, Shooting and Stealth)

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Paul Cuisset (@PaulCuisset)

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