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- For the unlicensed Sega Master System game, see Flashpoint (Master System).
|System(s): Sega System 16|
|Developer: Esco Boueki|
|Number of players: 1-2|
Flash Point (フラッシュポイント) is an arcade puzzle game by Sega. It was released for Sega System 16 hardware in 1989.
Flash Point is an extension of Sega's 1988 version of Tetris (using the same Sega rotation ruleset and Tetrimino colour scheme), however rather than being judged by how many lines are cleared, the player is tasked with removing highlighted blocks from the screen (or "flashing points").
Instead of starting with a blank playfield, the player can choose from a number of pre-determined layouts. While points are awarded in a similar manner to Tetris, the big scores come from removing the highlighted blocks. Levels have a bonus timer which rapidly counts down at the bottom of the matrix; the faster the player clears the flashing blocks, the more bonus points they earn at the end of a level. There are a total of 90 levels.
De facto Sega mascots Flicky (Flicky), Alex Kidd (Alex Kidd in Miracle World), Opa-Opa (Fantasy Zone) and Princess Kurumi (Ninja Princess) make cameos in the game, wishing the player luck just before starting a level. In addition, all of the backgrounds are recycled from Fantasy Zone.
Flash Point was later re-released in the Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.28: Tetris Collection in its original form. Also included in this collection is a previously-unreleased Sega Mega Drive version of Flash Point—the ROM of which has since been ripped and circulates on the internet today. It is unknown whether Flash Point suffered a similar fate to Sega's Tetris - dropped from the release schedule due to a lack of valid license for home console conversions of the game.
Zemina made an unlicensed port to the MSX and Sega Master System in some unknown year, calling it Flashpoint.
- Main article: Flash Point/Magazine articles.
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|State before cancellation: Late in development|
|Status of prototype(s): Extracted from Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.28: Tetris Collection|
ROM dump status
|128kB||1989-01||PlayStation 2 disc||(62 kB) (info)||Page|
- ↑ http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/User:Andlabs/Sega (Wayback Machine: 2021-09-04 11:55)
- ↑ https://sega-interactive.co.jp/product/7647/ (Wayback Machine: 2019-06-05 19:35)
- ↑ Game Machine Daikenkyuu (JP; 1989-10-15), page 77
- ↑ [FlashPointBloxeed Music JP sheet.pdf FlashPointBloxeed Music JP sheet.pdf]
Main page | Comparisons | Hidden content | Magazine articles | Reception | Region coding
Music: Flash Point/Bloxeed (1990)
|Tetris and Tetris-like games for Sega systems/developed by Sega|
|Sega: Tetris (1989) | Flash Point (1989) | Bloxeed (1989) | Sega Tetris (1999) | Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 28: Tetris Collection (2006) | Tetris Giant (2010) | Puyo Puyo Tetris (2014) | Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 (2020)|
|Third-Party: Blockout (1991) | Tetris Plus (1996) | Tetris S (1996) | Tetris 4D (1998) | The Next Tetris: On-Line Edition (2000) | Tetris Kiwamemichi (2004)|
|Unlicensed: Super Columns (1990) | Super Tetris (19xx)|
|Tetris related media|
|Tetremix (1989) | Flash Point/Bloxeed (1990) | New Century (2006) | Puyo Puyo Tetris 1 & 2 Original Soundtrack (2020)|