The Flash is a 1993 action video game based on The Flash TV series on CBS. It was developed and published by Sega and Probe Entertainment for the Master System. The game is played from the typical platform style of the scrolling side on 2D, 3rd person viewpoint. The player controls Flash though the levels in which they must achieve 2 primary goals:
Find the switch which opens the level exit and then:
Make it to the exit within the time limit.
There is also a secondary goal of collecting the gems that were stolen which increases the players score. If the player fails to make it to the exit within the time limit the FED tracks Flash down and kills him upon contact.
The Flash (Sega Master System)
While the player can run from the FED (giving them a last gasp effort to make it to the end of the level) due to the FED's ability to move over the screen regardless of the physical restraints that the player must encounter (e.g. walls) the player is eventually doomed to losing a life.
The FED acts as a more realistic method for imposing a time limit rather than the player just suddenly dying like in many platform games of this era.
The levels in the game are given the title 'Episode'. Each Episode is split into two zones. At the beginning of zone 1, Tina from S.T.A.R. Labs will report to Flash on the whereabouts and activities of the Trickster giving the player an intro to the Episode and to help advance the storyline. At the end of the second zone in each Episode, Flash must face Trickster in his Trickstermobile. While the boss in the 'boss stage' remains the same throughout the game, the Trickstermobile increases in difficulty with additional weapons and speed as the game progresses.
A different Flash game was released for Game Boy in 1991 by THQ. The Game Boy version was also based on The Flash TV series, and had a password system. Unlike the Master System release, it was released in the United States.
Critical reception to The Flash was mixed. Some found the fast pace of the game too difficult to control while others appreciated the depth in graphics, level design, and the soundtrack. However, by 1993, the Master System was no longer supported in the Japanese and United States markets. Thus, the game's existence in the world's two biggest video game countries went relatively unnoticed and remains an obscure European release to this day. It is highly valued by some retro game collectors for this very reason.
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This version of The Flash was designed for the Sega Master System (SMS), which was an 8-bit video game console manufactured
by Sega in the years 1985 - 1992. It was a direct competitor to the much more successful NES console and the predecessor of the much beter console Sega Genesis.
The unit price of Master System was approximately $ 200 and worldwide only 13 million units of this console were sold. More information about Sega Master
System can be found here.
Recommended Game Controllers:
You can control this game easily by using the keyboard of your PC (see the table next to the game). However, for maximum gaming enjoyment, we strongly recommend using a USB gamepad that you simply plug into the USB port of your computer. If you do not have a gamepad, buy a suitable USB controller on Amazon or AliExpress or in some of your favorite online stores.
Available online emulators:
4 different online emulators are available for The Flash. These emulators differ not only in the technology they use to emulate old games, but also in support of various game controllers, multiplayer mode, mobile phone touchscreen, emulation speed, absence or presence of embedded ads and in many other parameters. For
maximum gaming enjoyment, it's important to choose the right emulator, because on each PC and in different Internet browsers, the individual emulators behave differently. The basic
features of each emulator available for this game The Flash are summarized in the following table:
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