Flicky

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  • System 1
  • Sega Mega Drive
    NTSC-U/PAL
  • Sega Mega Drive
    NTSC-J
  • SG-1000
  • PC-8801
  • MSX

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Flicky
System(s): Sega System 1, SG-1000, Sega Master System, Sega Game Toshokan, Sega Mega Drive, Fujitsu FM-7, MSX, PC-8001 mkII, PC-8801, Sharp MZ, X1, Steam
Publisher:
Developer:
Supporting companies:
Licensor:
FM-7
MSX
MZ series
PC-8001 mkII
PC-8801
X1
Sega
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
SMPS Z80
Genre: Action[1]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (System 1)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (System 1)
US
$? ?





























Sega Mega Drive
JP
(Game Toshokan)
Sega Mega Drive
US
1022
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1022
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[4][5] 1022
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
BR
SG-1000
JP
¥4,3004,300[1] G-1036
SG-1000
NZ
$59.9559.95[7]
SG-1000
TW
Sega Master System
KR
SG50C
FM-7
JP
¥6,800 ?
MSX
JP
¥4,400 ?
PC-8001
JP
¥? ?
PC-8801
JP
¥4,800 MN-102005
MZ series
JP
¥4,800 ?
X1
JP
¥? ?



PC-8801
X1
JP
¥6,8006,800 MF-103005
Steam
US
$2.992.99[10] 71111
Steam
EU
€2.492.49[9] 71111
PEGI: 3+
Steam
UK
£1.991.99[10] 71111
PEGI: 3+
Steam
AU
$3.493.49[10] 71111
OFLC: G
Steam Linux
US
$0.990.99[12] 71111
Steam Linux
EU
€0.990.99[8] 71111
PEGI: 3+
Steam Linux
UK
£0.790.79[12] 71111
PEGI: 3+
Steam Linux
AU
$1.351.35[12] 71111
OFLC: G
Steam OS X
US
$0.990.99[12] 71111
Steam OS X
EU
€0.990.99[8] 71111
PEGI: 3+
Steam OS X
UK
£0.790.79[12] 71111
PEGI: 3+
Steam OS X
AU
$1.351.35[12] 71111
OFLC: G

Flicky (フリッキー) is a Sega System 1 arcade platform game developed by Sega R&D 1 and manufactured by Sega. First released to Japanese arcades in May 1984, it was brought to the United States by Bally Midway later that year. Critically and commercially successful, Flicky has established itself as a classic and seminal first-party Sega title, and has appeared on numerous compilations and ports to additional platforms.

Notably, the game was ported to the Sega SG-1000 by Sega R&D 2 in 1984, and later to the Sega Mega Drive by Sega CS in January 1991. The SG-1000 version was released in South Korea as a Sega Master System game, taking advantage of the system's backwards compatibility. Additionally, the Mega Drive version was first released in Japan as a Sega Game Toshokan exclusive, and was later published on cartridge in all other territories.

Synopsis

Little baby birds, PIOPIOes, are seen basking on the bright sunny terrace. It's now time for the little PIOPIOes to take their midafternoon snack. FLICKY, your mother, is coming to take all of you back home. Let's return skipping merrily hand in hand with mama FLICKY. Oh, oh, we've got a big problem!! The ill-natured stray cat (NYANNYAN) is coming. Escape by jumping over him and throwing hammers and mugs in an effort to hit and destroy the big bad cat. FLICKY, you'll really feel relieved when you have successfully taken all of your baby PIOPIOes back home, won't you?

— EU SG-1000 box backcover [13]


Gameplay

In the game, the player controls Flicky, a bird who has to save the Chirps (Piopio in Japan) from cats named Tiger (Nyannan) and iguanas named Iggy (Choro). The player has to collect all of the Chirps and guide them through the exit, with a bonus increasing in proportion to the amount of Chirps saved at once.

There is only one button in the game, which both causes Flicky to "jump" and, if he is holding and item, throw it across the screen. Items thrown at enemies will knock them off the screen temporarily, however they will re-spawn at specified locations until the game is over.

Players start with three lives and can gain more lives by acquiring certain scores, however only up to five lives can be gained by scoring.

There are 48 proper levels ("rounds") in the game. Completing these yields a "congratulations" message, followed by the possibility of playing through the game again at a faster speed. These levels are numbered 49, 50 and so on, and levels which previously did not contain Iggy may contain it. Furthermore, some throwable items are replaced with different ones. Once the game has been completed a second time (passing level 96, the "fast" version of 48), the game repeats again, but there is no speed increase (i.e. level 97 is identical to level 49), and the game simply carries on in this fashion until the player loses all his/her lives.

History

Legacy

Following its release, Flicky was ported to the Sega SG-1000, MSX, PC-8801, X1, Fujitsu FM-7 and Sega Mega Drive. A version for mobile phones was also released through various distribution portals.

Interestingly despite its Japanese origins, the Mega Drive version of the game was only released in cartridge form in the US and Europe. In Japan Flicky was only downloadable through the Sega Game Toshokan service, or available in the Mega CD compilations Wondermega Collection and Game no Kanzume Vol.1 . The game was also included as an unlockable game in Sonic Mega Collection and Sonic Mega Collection Plus and has been included in numerous Mega Drive compilations, from the 1996 Mega Drive release of Classic Collection to the 2009 release of Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

If the player completes the first ten levels with a high score in the Mega Drive version, (i.e. all under 20 seconds with a perfect score eventually totalling 240 000) a girl in a bikini will show up in one of the windows. It may also happen at few other certain levels. A level select screen can also be accessed by holding Up, A, C and  START  between the title and "round 1" screen.

While no direct sequels were ever made for Flicky, the Flicky character has appeared in numerous Sega games, most notably the Sonic the Hedgehog series (where Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island can be seen as a spiritual sequel to this game). Flicky has also had cameos in Bloxeed, Flash Point, SDI, Super Monaco GP and Teddy Boy Blues, while the Chirps appeared in Gunstar Super Heroes. In Bloxeed's case, Flicky even appears on the cabinet marquee.

Development

Flicky was designed by Youji Ishii, and during development was known as Busty and Flippy.

Versions

Comparisons

Main article: Flicky/Comparisons.

Production credits

System 1 version


Mega Drive version

Source:
In-game credits[14]


FM-7 version

  • Staff: Y.Kitano, K.Endo, R.Komaita


PC-8001, PC-8801, X1 versions

  • Staff: Y.Koideya, M.Kobayashi, M.Yamada, R.Komaita, I.Nanji
  • Copyright by: Sega
  • Produced by: Micronet
Source:
In-game credits


Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Flicky/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Flicky Arcade US Flyer.pdf

PDF
System 1 US flyer
Flicky Poster.jpg
System 1 JP flyer
Logo-pdf.svg
Print advert in Login (JP) #1986-02: "February 1986" (1986-01-xx)
Logo-pdf.svg
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-02: "February 1991" (1991-01-08)

Artwork

Physical scans

System 1 version

System 1, US
Flicky System1 US Marquee.jpg
System 1, JP
Notavailable.svgFlicky System1 JP InstructionCard.jpg
Instuction card(s)

SG-1000 version

SG-1000, JP
Flicky SG-1000 JP Top.jpg
Flicky US SG1000 Back.jpgFlicky SG-1000 JP Spine.jpgFlicky US SG1000 Box Front.jpgFlicky SG-1000 JP Spine2.jpg
Cover
Flicky SG-1000 JP Carttop.jpg
Flicky SG-1000 cart.jpg
Cart
FlickySGJPManual.pdf
Manual
SG-1000, NZ
FlickySGEUBack.jpgNospine.pngFlickySGEUFront.jpg
Cover
Flicky SG1000 NZ Cart.jpg
Cart
SG-1000, TW

Master System version

Master System, KR
Flicky SMS KR cardcover.jpg
Cover
Flicky SMS KR card.jpg
Card
Master System, KR (cartridge)

Flicky SMS KR Handoo carttop.jpg
Flicky SMS KR Handoo cartback.jpgFlicky SMS KR Handoo cart.jpg
Cart

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
30
[15]
ACE (UK) PAL
75
[4]
ACE (UK) PAL
75
[16]
Console XS (UK) PAL
67
[17]
Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
84
[18]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
53
[3]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
20
[19]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
85
[20]
Games-X (UK)
58
[21]
Games-X (UK)
70
[22]
Joystick (FR)
62
[23]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
28
[24]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
50
[25]
Mega Play (US) NTSC-U
50
[26]
MegaTech (UK)
88
[27]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
55
[28]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
92
[29]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
88
[30]
Player One (FR)
55
[31]
Power Play (DE)
66
[32]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-U
50
[33]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[5]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
37
[34]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
27
[35]
Video Games (DE)
60
[36]
Sega Mega Drive
60
Based on
25 reviews

Flicky

Mega Drive, US
Flicky MD US cover.jpg
Cover
Flicky MD US Cart Top.jpg
Flicky MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Flicky MD US manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Flicky box eu.jpg
Cover
Flicky MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Flicky MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Flicky MD EU pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, AU
Flicky Sega Megadrive AU Cover.jpg
Cover
Flicky Sega Megadrive AU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, BR
Flicky MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
Flicky MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, CA
Flicky MD CA Box.jpg
Cover

FM-7 version

Fujitsu FM-7, JP
Flicky FM7 JP Box.jpg
Cover

FM-77 version

Fujitsu FM-77, JP

MSX version

MSX, JP
Flicky MSX JP Box.jpg
Cover
Flicky MSX JP Cart.jpg
Cart

PC-8001 mkII version

PC-8001, JP

PC-8801 version

PC-8801, JP (cassette)
Flicky PC8801 JP Box Cassette.jpg
Cover

PC-8801/X1 version

PC-8801, JP (disk)
Flicky X1-PC8801 JP Box.jpg
Cover

MZ-2000 version

MZ-2000, JP
Flicky MZ JP Box Cassette.jpg
Cover
Flicky SharpMZ JP Cassette.jpg
Cassette

X1 version

X1, JP (cassette)

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 4291c8ab
MD5 805cc0b3724f041126a57a4d956fd251
SHA-1 83d8bbf0a9b38c42a0bf492d105cc3abe9644a96
128kB 1991-02 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 31091537
MD5 a6e4e2806e804876d4a1991bf794979f
SHA-1 aaeaa10251667a843519a4a0a223e40c59ffded9
256kB 1991-02 Sega Game Toshokan Modified header
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
256kB 1991-02 Sega Game Toshokan
SG-1000
 ?
CRC32 bd24d27b
MD5 b52e308e1c0005bc1dba2ba900ad44d0
SHA-1 39a91b5ad6b139ca5d8ac60b78520210e84944bd
32kB Cartridge (JP)
SG-1000
 ?
CRC32 26d2862c
MD5 0bb6d2a43b340f56366edabd7e21fed4
SHA-1 51947fc0ae2bc3442b0fee2cccf2344b7a94a167
32kB Cartridge (JP) (Alt)
SG-1000
 ?
CRC32 cd0666a7
MD5 5d4c4c65e668196a3d0eadcd260a0bf6
SHA-1 a04ce8c70eddfac0adbf9489c0abbaaae613037c
32kB Cartridge (TW)

External links

References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/sc3000/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-09-28 02:34)
  2. Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1991" (JP; 1991-01-08), page 117
  3. 3.0 3.1 Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 24
  4. 4.0 4.1 ACE, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-08), page 110
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sega Power, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-10-30), page 32
  6. Game Machine, "xxxx xxxx" (JP; 1985-07-15), page 9
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sega Computer, "January/February 1985" (NZ; 198x-xx-xx), page 16
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 https://steamdb.info/app/71111/ (Wayback Machine: 2019-09-10 21:37)
  9. https://steamdb.info/app/71111/ (Wayback Machine: 2015-09-27 15:15)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 http://steamdb.info/app/71111/ (Wayback Machine: 2013-05-22 19:18)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 https://steamdb.info/app/71111/history/?changeid=5755283
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 http://steamdb.info/app/71111/ (Wayback Machine: 2019-09-10 21:37)
  13. File:FlickySGEUBack.jpg
  14. File:Flicky MD credits.pdf
  15. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 82
  16. ACE, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-08), page 114
  17. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 130
  18. Computer & Video Games, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-15), page 96
  19. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 315
  20. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 47
  21. Games-X, "24th May 1991" (UK; 1991-05-17), page 37
  22. Games-X, "19th-25th September 1991" (UK; 1991-09-19), page 36
  23. Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 183
  24. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 92
  25. Mega Force, "Septembre/Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-13), page 87
  26. Mega Play, "May/June 1991" (US; 1991-0x-xx), page 44
  27. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 78
  28. Micromanía (segunda época), "Diciembre 1991" (ES; 1991-1x-xx), page 80
  29. Mean Machines, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-27), page 94
  30. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 138
  31. Player One, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 105
  32. Power Play, "8/91" (DE; 1991-07-1x), page 126
  33. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 53
  34. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 65
  35. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 76
  36. Video Games, "3/91" (DE; 1991-09-06), page 91


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