The Misadventures of Flink

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The Misadventures of Flink
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega-CD
Sony Electronic Publishing (Europe)
Sega Mega-CD
VIC Tokai (US)
Developer:
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
Sega Mega Drive
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Sega Mega-CD
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Español
  • Nederlands
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    EU
    T-113046-50
    ELSPA: 3+ OK
    Sega Mega Drive
    UK
    £39.9939.99[1][2] T-113046-50
    ELSPA: 3+ OK
    Sega Mega Drive
    AU
    $89.9589.95[3]
    Sega Mega-CD
    US
    $59.9959.99[6] T-23055
    ESRB: Kids to Adults
    Sega Mega-CD
    EU
    T-113055-50
    ELSPA: 3+ OK
    Non-Sega versions

    The Misadventures of Flink, or simply Flink is a Sega Mega Drive and Sega Mega-CD platform game. A working title for this game was Troll[7].

    There was a North American Mega Drive version planned, but it was scrapped.

    Story

    The evil wizard Wicked Wainwright has captured the four leaders of peaceful Imagica Island. He has transported their spirits into four hidden crystals and scattered them throughout the island.

    The apprentice wizard Flink embarks on a quest to find the four crystals, which he can use to open the gateway to Wicked Wainwright's lair and save the island from him.

    Gameplay

    Flink, Map.png

    Map

    Flink, Menus, Read Scroll.png

    Flink, Menus, Create Spell.png

    Creating spells

    The game is a side-scrolling platformer similar to the likes of Super Mario Bros. 3. The player controls the wizard Flink. Stages are selected from a map screen. At the end of each world is a boss, which Flink must defeat to rescue one of the island leaders, who usually rewards Flink with a spell. Stages can be revisited after they have been completed to collect items or access previously inaccessible areas with new abilities, and this is necessary in some parts of the game to proceed.

    Flink moves with Left and Right and kneels with Down. He jumps with B; he jumps higher when the button is held longer. He swims with BBBBB. He can slide down steep slopes with Down. He can pick up items with A and throw them with A again. Some items must be picked up from a kneeling position with Down+A. Enemies are defeated by jumping on their heads, by sliding down slopes, or by throwing items at them. Many enemies are only stunned after being jumped on; Flink can jump on them again to defeat them or pick them up and throw them. He can grab ropes and vines with A when jumping in front of them and climb them with Up and Down. He can enter doorways with Up.

    Flink gathers ingredients by exploring the stages. He acquires Spell Scrolls by finding them in stages or by rescuing leaders. These scrolls describe the spell and present a recipe for creating them. Spells require three ingredients in a particular order; the recipe typically provides the ingredients but only the position of one of them, so the player must experiment to learn the correct order for the other two. If Flink gets the recipe wrong, the concoction blows up in Flink's face and the ingredients are wasted. The player can read the spell scrolls, select a spell, or create a spell through the pause menu with  START . Spells only need to be created once and then can be selected at any time.

    After selecting a spell, Flink can cast it with C. Casting spells costs magic energy, which is indicated by a bottle in the corner of the screen; if Flink does not have enough magic energy to cast the spell, the bottle flashes. Flink can acquire more magic energy by collecting it from enemies after they are defeated or finding magic potions.

    If Flink is hit by an enemy, he loses all of his magic energy, which scatters from him similar to the rings in the Sonic the Hedgehog games. He has a limited amount of time to collect his magic energy again. If he is hit without having any magic energy, he loses a life.

    Items

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    Treasure Chest
    Jump onto a treasure chest to open it and release an item. Some chests are locked and require a key to unlock. Flink can pick up and throw chests at enemies after they have been opened.
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    Magic Energy
    Replenishes a very small amount of magic energy. Released from enemies after they are defeated or from Flink after he is hurt.
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    Small Potion
    Replenishes a small amount of magic energy.
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    Large Potion
    Replenishes a large amount of magic energy.
    Flink, Items.png
    Information Scroll
    Provides the player with a hint if Flink picks it up.
    Flink, Items.png
    Spell Scroll
    Provides a recipe for creating a spell.
    Flink, Items.png
    1-Up
    Gives the player an extra life.

    Spells

    Flink acquires new spells by finding Spell Scrolls and mixing ingredients to create the spell. He can then cast the spell with C, which costs magic energy.

    Flink, Spells.png
    Magic Key
    Keys are found as items and do not require mixing ingredients or using magic energy. Flink can use this spell to unlock treasure chests with padlocks by jumping on them. Each key can only be used once.
    Flink, Spells.png
    Quick Grow
    Flink can cast this spell while standing on certain plants to make them grow, which lets him reach hidden areas. This spell is acquired in the Forest. Its ingredients are
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Magic Leaf,
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    Eagle's Feather, and
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Silver Ring.
    Flink, Spells.png
    Lightning Bolts
    Calls forth lightning bolts that attack enemies on screen in random locations. This spell is acquired by defeating the Forest boss. Its ingredients are
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Diamond Ring,
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    Eagle's Feather, and
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Diamond Ring.
    Flink, Spells.png
    Demon
    Summons a demon that follows Flink and attacks nearby enemies. It defeats 5 enemies before disappearing. This spell can be cast twice to summon a larger demon that can defeat 10 enemies before disappearing. This spell is acquired in the Village. Its ingredients are
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Gold Ring,
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    Magic Mirror, and
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Magic Necklace.
    Flink, Spells.png
    Spirit Bomb
    Shoots an energy bomb that seeks out nearby enemies. This spell is acquired in the Village. Its ingredients are
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Eagle's Feather,
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    Gold Ring, and
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Magic Leaf.
    Flink, Spells.png
    Shrink
    Shrinks Flink so that he can enter the Old Apple Tree in the Village. This spell is acquired by defeating the Village boss. Its ingredients are
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Magic Mirror,
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Magic Necklace, and
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Magic Amulet.
    Flink, Spells.png
    Dust Devil
    Conjures several tornadoes, which sweep across the screen and attack enemies. This spell is acquired in the Old Apple Tree. Its ingredients are
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Magic Leaf,
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    Silver Ring, and
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Eagle's Feather.
    Flink, Spells.png
    Ghost
    Turns Flink into a ghost so he can enter the Clouds. This spell is acquired by defeating the Old Apple Tree boss. Its ingredients are
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Skull,
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    Goblin's Tooth, and
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Magic Root.
    Flink, Spells.png
    Shield
    Encircles Flink in three magic energy balls, which protect him from harm. Each energy ball dissipates when it hits and hurts an enemy. This spell is acquired in the Mountain. Its ingredients are
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Diamond Ring,
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    Fairy Tear, and
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Gold Ring.
    Flink, Spells.png
    Platform
    Creates a small cloud platform for Flink. This spell is acquired by defeating the Clouds boss. Its ingredients are
    Flink, Ingredients.png
    Eagle's Feather,
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    Tiger's Eye, and
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    Eagle's Feather.

    Stages

    Forest

    Flink, Stages, Forest 1-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Forest 1-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 1-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 1-2.png

    Stage 1

    Flink, Stages, Forest 2-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Forest 2-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 2-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 2-2.png

    Stage 2

    Flink, Stages, Forest 3-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Forest 3-2.png

    Flink, Stages, Forest 3-3.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 3-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 3-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 3-3.png

    Stage 3
    Flink can find the
    Flink, Spells.png
    Quick Grow spell scroll in this stage.

    Flink, Stages, Forest 4-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Forest 4-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 4-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 4-2.png

    Stage 4

    Flink, Stages, Forest 5-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Forest 5-2.png

    Flink, Stages, Forest 5-3.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 5-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 5-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 5-3.png

    Stage 5

    Flink, Stages, Forest 6-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Forest 6-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 6-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 6-2.png

    Stage 6
    This level is only present in the Mega-CD version of the game.

    Flink, Stages, Forest 7.png

    Flink, Stages, Forest 7 Boss.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 7.png

    • Flink, Stages, Forest 7 Boss.png

    Stage 7
    Flink acquires the
    Flink, Spells.png
    Lightning Bolts spell scroll from the leader after rescuing him.

    Village

    Flink, Stages, Village 1-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Village 1-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Village 1-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Village 1-2.png

    Stage 1
    This level is only present in the Mega-CD version of the game.

    Flink, Stages, Village 2-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Village 2-2.png

    Flink, Stages, Village 2-3.png

    Flink, Stages, Village 2-4.png

    • Flink, Stages, Village 2-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Village 2-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Village 2-3.png

    • Flink, Stages, Village 2-4.png

    Stage 2
    Flink can find the
    Flink, Spells.png
    Demon spell scroll in this stage.

    Flink, Stages, Village 3-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Village 3-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Village 3-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Village 3-2.png

    Stage 3

    Flink, Stages, Village 4.png

    Stage 4

    Flink, Stages, Village 5-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Village 5-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Village 5-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Village 5-2.png

    Stage 5

    Flink, Stages, Village 6.png

    Stage 6
    Flink can find the
    Flink, Spells.png
    Spirit Bomb spell scroll in this stage. The Old Apple Tree is in this stage; Flink must use the
    Flink, Spells.png
    Shrink spell to enter it.

    Flink, Stages, Village 7-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Village 7-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Village 7-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Village 7-2.png

    Stage 7

    Flink, Stages, Village 8.png

    Flink, Stages, Village 8 Boss.png

    • Flink, Stages, Village 8.png

    • Flink, Stages, Village 8 Boss.png

    Stage 8
    Flink acquires the
    Flink, Spells.png
    Shrink spell scroll from the leader after rescuing him.

    Old Apple Tree

    Flink, Stages, Old Apple Tree 1-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Old Apple Tree 1-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Old Apple Tree 1-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Old Apple Tree 1-2.png

    Stage 1

    Flink, Stages, Old Apple Tree 2.png

    Stage 2
    Flink can find the
    Flink, Spells.png
    Dust Devil spell scroll in this stage.

    Flink, Stages, Old Apple Tree 3-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Old Apple Tree 3-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Old Apple Tree 3-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Old Apple Tree 3-2.png

    Stage 3

    Flink, Stages, Old Apple Tree 4.png

    Flink, Stages, Old Apple Tree 4 Boss.png

    • Flink, Stages, Old Apple Tree 4.png

    • Flink, Stages, Old Apple Tree 4 Boss.png

    Stage 4
    Flink acquires the
    Flink, Spells.png
    Ghost spell scroll from the leader after rescuing him.

    Mountain

    Flink, Stages, Mountain 1-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Mountain 1-2.png

    Flink, Stages, Mountain 1-3.png

    • Flink, Stages, Mountain 1-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Mountain 1-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Mountain 1-3.png

    Stage 1

    Flink, Stages, Mountain 2-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Mountain 2-2.png

    Flink, Stages, Mountain 2-3.png

    • Flink, Stages, Mountain 2-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Mountain 2-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Mountain 2-3.png

    Stage 2
    Flink can find the
    Flink, Spells.png
    Shield spell scroll in this stage.

    Flink, Stages, Mountain 3.png

    Stage 3
    Flink must use the
    Flink, Spells.png
    Ghost spell at the altar to enter the Clouds.

    Flink, Stages, Mountain 4.png

    Stage 4

    Flink, Stages, Mountain 5-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Mountain 5-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Mountain 5-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Mountain 5-2.png

    Stage 5
    Flink must use the four crystals (after defeating the bosses of the Forest, Village, Old Apple Tree, and Clouds worlds) in this stage to open the gate to Wicked Wainwright's Lair.

    Clouds

    Flink, Stages, Clouds 1.png

    Stage 1

    Flink, Stages, Clouds 2-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Clouds 2-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Clouds 2-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Clouds 2-2.png

    Stage 2

    Flink, Stages, Clouds 3.png

    Flink, Stages, Clouds 3 Boss.png

    • Flink, Stages, Clouds 3.png

    • Flink, Stages, Clouds 3 Boss.png

    Stage 3
    Flink acquires the
    Flink, Spells.png
    Platform spell scroll from the leader after rescuing him.

    Volcano

    Flink, Stages, Volcano 1-1.png

    Flink, Stages, Volcano 1-2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Volcano 1-1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Volcano 1-2.png

    Stage 1

    Flink, Stages, Volcano 2.png

    Flink, Stages, Volcano 2 Boss 1.png

    Flink, Stages, Volcano 2 Boss 2.png

    Flink, Stages, Volcano 2 Boss 3.png

    • Flink, Stages, Volcano 2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Volcano 2 Boss 1.png

    • Flink, Stages, Volcano 2 Boss 2.png

    • Flink, Stages, Volcano 2 Boss 3.png

    Stage 2

    History

    Legacy

    Developers Erwin Kloibhofer and Henk Nieborg created a spritual successor, The Adventures of Lomax, for the Sony PlayStation and Windows PCs in 1996. The game is a spin-off of the Lemmings series and resembles Flink in gameplay and art style.

    Versions

    The Mega Drive and Mega-CD versions are mostly identical, but the Mega-CD version has two additional stages, some changes to the in-game credits, a CD audio soundtrack, and two additional languages not present in the cartridge version (Spanish and Dutch).

    Production credits

    • Henk Nieborg: Ideas and game-concept, drawing all graphics in the game, designing and editing all 62 levels.
    • Greg Duddle: Fantastic hardware and financial support, and keeping us informed of what's going on.
    • Matthias Steinwachs: Composing the entire soundtrack.
    Source:
    In-game credits
    Flink MCD credits.pdf
    [8]


    Magazine articles

    Main article: The Misadventures of Flink/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    Logo-pdf.svg
    Print advert in Game Players (US) #0802: "Vol. 8 No. 2 February 1995" (1995-0x-xx)

    Artwork

    Physical scans

    Mega Drive version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    80 [9]
    Sega Mega Drive
    80
    Based on
    1 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
    60
    [10]
    Consoles + (FR)
    95
    [11]
    Computer & Video Games (UK)
    81
    [12]
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
    60
    [13]
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10 (RU)
    70
    [14]
    Games World: The Magazine (UK) PAL
    82
    [2]
    Joypad (FR) PAL
    94
    [15]
    MAN!AC (DE) PAL
    83
    [16]
    Mega (UK) PAL
    75
    [17]
    Mega Force (FR) PAL
    95
    [18]
    Mega Fun (DE) PAL
    76
    [19]
    Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
    78
    [1]
    Player One (FR)
    91
    [20]
    Play Time (DE) PAL
    84
    [21]
    Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
    80
    [22]
    Sega News (CZ)
    94
    [23]
    Sega Power (UK) PAL
    69
    [24]
    Sega Pro (UK) PAL
    89
    [25]
    Todo Sega (ES)
    90
    [26]
    Tricks 16 bit (RU)
    89
    [27]
    Video Games (DE) PAL
    82
    [28]
    Sega Mega Drive
    82
    Based on
    21 reviews

    The Misadventures of Flink

    Mega Drive, EU
    Flink MD EU Box.jpg
    Cover
    Flink MD EU Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Flink MD EU Manual.jpg
    Manual

    Mega-CD version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    {{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
    Based on
    0 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    68
    [6]
    Gamers (DE) PAL
    60
    [29]
    MAN!AC (DE) PAL
    83
    [30]
    Mega Force (FR) PAL
    90
    [31]
    Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
    50
    [32]
    Player One (FR)
    92
    [33]
    Video Games (DE) PAL
    82
    [34]
    Sega Mega-CD
    75
    Based on
    7 reviews

    The Misadventures of Flink

    Mega-CD, US
    Flink MCD US Box Back.jpgFlink MCD US Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    Flink MCD US Disc.jpg
    Disc
    Flink mcd us manual.pdf
    Manual
    Mega-CD, EU
    Flink MCD EU Box Back.jpgFlink MCD EU Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    Misadventures of Flink MCD EU Disc.jpg
    Disc
    Misadventures of Flink MCD EU Manual.jpg
    Manual

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 bef9a4f4
    MD5 4b6da602b30589b18be136f60b8000b2
    SHA-1 f37518380d3e41598cbff16519ca15fcb751de57
    1MB 1994-07 Cartridge (EU)
    Sega Mega Drive
     ?
    CRC32 47b47afc
    MD5 e60a518d3e5c2a28433ed01173cdb465
    SHA-1 f066548b1a65aedf1e38a530d0e69962cee7b9ef
    1MB EPROM cartridge[35] Page
    Sega Mega-CD
     ?
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    474,045,600 CD-ROM (EU) T-113055-50

    References

    1. 1.0 1.1 Mean Machines Sega, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-09-30), page 90
    2. 2.0 2.1 Games World: The Magazine, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-10-28), page 19
    3. Sega Megazone, "December 1994" (AU; 1994-1x-xx), page 26
    4. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video.sega/c/h_QlDYzQdSQ/m/3BF3GiRqAQIJ
    5. VideoGames, "February 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 54
    6. 6.0 6.1 GamePro, "March 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 60
    7. MegaTech, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-21), page 30
    8. GamesMaster, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-17), page 100
    9. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 132
    10. Consoles +, "Septembre 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 102
    11. Computer & Video Games, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-15), page 105
    12. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 332
    13. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10, "" (RU; 2003-10-08), page 65
    14. Joypad, "Octobre 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 80
    15. MAN!AC, "11/94" (DE; 1994-10-12), page 64
    16. Mega, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-30), page 58
    17. Mega Force, "Septembre 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 72
    18. Mega Fun, "12/94" (DE; 1994-11-23), page 126
    19. Player One, "Novembre 1994" (FR; 1994-1x-xx), page 106
    20. Play Time, "12/94" (DE; 1994-11-09), page 105
    21. Sega Magazine, "October 1994" (UK; 1994-09-15), page 94
    22. Sega News, "Prosinec 1996" (CZ; 1996-1x-xx), page 25
    23. Sega Power, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-09-29), page 56
    24. Sega Pro, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-03), page 66
    25. Todo Sega, "Diciembre 1994" (ES; 1994-1x-xx), page 70
    26. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 76
    27. Video Games, "11/94" (DE; 1994-10-26), page 94
    28. Gamers, "Januar 1995" (DE; 1995-01-08), page 24
    29. MAN!AC, "02/95" (DE; 1995-01-11), page 53
    30. Mega Force, "Décembre 1994" (FR; 1994-12-02), page 84
    31. Next Generation, "June 1995" (US; 1995-05-23), page 112
    32. Player One, "Décembre 1994" (FR; 1994-1x-xx), page 154
    33. Video Games, "2/95" (DE; 1995-01-18), page 98


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