Have you tried… to experience a woman’s life through the memories held by the possessions in Flashback?

By the time I got to the end of Flashback, all I wanted to do was call my mom. This new narrative adventure from Team Hindsight and Annapurna Interactive takes you through the life of Mary, a woman who returns to her childhood home after the death of her mother. Tasked with cleaning house, you begin packing up belongings that literally become windows into the past using a mechanic known as “opening.” With the objects framing a memory you can physically walk through, each begins to build a complete picture of Mary’s life as she remembers it.

As a reflective experience, Hindsight made me contemplate the perceptions and memories we have about our lives and relationships, and how they might change over time. While she explores many themes, the nature of memory and the relationship between Mary and her mother are at the core of what makes Flashback so moving. Its interesting “opening” mechanic, creative presentation, and beautiful soundtrack bring the experience to life, but the connection I felt to Hindsight’s narrative is what will really stick with me.

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(Image credit: Annapurna Interactive)

The flashback begins on a beach where you first experience the ‘opening’ mechanic, with a sun on the horizon that you interact with. Doing so will take you back to the beginning of the story, when Maria is born; with the sun now serving as a light over the hospital bed. When you enter a memory, you have to try to locate an item that will lead you to another. You don’t get much guidance early on, but anything you can interact with is indicated by some kind of glowing effect.

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