Saying “Metroidvania” instantly conjures in any player’s mind the basic elements which comprise a pseudo-genre of 2D gaming. We all know these games consist of maps to explore, powerups to find, increasing strength (or character levels), and weaker enemies enroute to larger bosses. Despite how easily that pops into your head, it’s sadly a little more complicated pointing to recognizable examples of these games outside the Castlevania or Metroid franchises – particularly when you throw the “for Xbox360” stipulation in there.
Flashback, in an attempt to fill this gaping hole, is both a throwback and reimagining of an old Amiga title by the same name (whose original version is even included here, for nostalgic fans). Given a bit more competition, this new title might not hold up so well – particularly when directly compared to other entry giants like Shadow Complex. But in today’s market, despite some frustrating controls and startlingly short length, Flashback holds up relatively well.