How good is Flashback? So good that a few years in the past we actually requested the way it might presumably have been so good in 1992, the 12 months the sidescrolling sci-fi epic from French developer Delphine was initially launched. And in case you’ve by no means earlier than sampled its delights (and even you probably have, approach again when), now you can accomplish that at no cost courtesy of GOG, which is giving Flashback away for the following couple of days.

Flashback follows the operating, leaping, rolling adventures of a person named Conrad, who’s battling a secret invasion of shapeshifting aliens within the 12 months 2142. What made it stand out, although, was its rotoscoped animations, which gave characters an uncommon fluidity of motion overtop of hand-drawn backgrounds. It additionally supplied an sudden number of gameplay: It begins like an easy platformer however finally opens up into extra of a metroidvania, with non-combat areas to discover and more and more complicated puzzles to resolve.

As a facet notice, Flashback additionally bears various visible similarities to Another World, one other sci-fi platformer launched by Delphine the 12 months earlier than (and which, to be blunt, I believe is the superior game). Despite occasional confusion on the purpose, the 2 video games aren’t really linked.

Anyway, the purpose of all that is that it is a actually good game, and till 9 am ET/1 pm UTC on June 23, you’ll be able to snag it at no cost from GOG. This is the 2018 update, which incorporates all types of latest graphical enhancements, remastered audio, and a “rewind” perform for when issues go improper, however if you wish to give the old-school hardass route a attempt, an choice to play with the unique graphics and sound (and “unforgiving difficulty”) can be out there.

The Flashback giveaway is a part of GOG’s ongoing Summer Sale, which runs till June 27 and has reductions on particular person video games, game collections (together with our very personal!), and writer packages, plus usually rotating flash offers. There’s yet another free game scheduled after this one, too—it’s going to go up on June 24.