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|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|
|Supporting companies: T's Music (audio)|
|Sound driver: SMPS Z80|
|Number of players: 1|
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.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Gameplay
- 3 History
- 4 Versions
- 5 Production credits
- 6 Digital manuals
- 7 Magazine articles
- 8 Promotional material
- 9 Artwork
- 10 Physical scans
- 11 Technical information
- 12 External links
- 13 References
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 
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.
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 , , and 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.
Flicky was designed by Youji Ishii, and during development was known as Busty and Flippy.
- Main article: Flicky/Comparisons.
System 1 version
Mega Drive version
- Staff: Y.Kitano, K.Endo, R.Komaita
PC-8001, PC-8801, X1 versions
- Main article: Flicky/Magazine articles.
System 1 version
Master System version
Mega Drive version
|Sega Retro Average|
|Fujitsu FM-77, JP|
PC-8001 mkII version
|X1, JP (cassette)|
ROM dump status
|256kB||1991-02||Sega Game Toshokan||Modified header|
|256kB||1991-02||Sega Game Toshokan|
NEC Retro has more information related to Flicky
- https://sega.jp/history/hard/sc3000/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-09-28 02:34)
- Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1991" (JP; 1991-01-08), page 117
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 24
- ACE, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-08), page 110
- Sega Power, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-10-30), page 32
- Game Machine, "xxxx xxxx" (JP; 1985-07-15), page 9
- Sega Computer, "January/February 1985" (NZ; 198x-xx-xx), page 16
- https://steamdb.info/app/71111/ (Wayback Machine: 2019-09-10 21:37)
- https://steamdb.info/app/71111/ (Wayback Machine: 2015-09-27 15:15)
- http://steamdb.info/app/71111/ (Wayback Machine: 2013-05-22 19:18)
- http://steamdb.info/app/71111/ (Wayback Machine: 2019-09-10 21:37)
- File:Flicky MD credits.pdf
- 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 82
- ACE, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-08), page 114
- Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 130
- Computer & Video Games, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-15), page 96
- Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 315
- Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 47
- Games-X, "24th May 1991" (UK; 1991-05-17), page 37
- Games-X, "19th-25th September 1991" (UK; 1991-09-19), page 36
- Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 183
- Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 92
- Mega Force, "Septembre/Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-13), page 87
- Mega Play, "May/June 1991" (US; 1991-0x-xx), page 44
- MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 78
- Micromanía (segunda época), "Diciembre 1991" (ES; 1991-1x-xx), page 80
- Mean Machines, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-27), page 94
- Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 138
- Player One, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 105
- Power Play, "8/91" (DE; 1991-07-1x), page 126
- Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 53
- Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 65
- Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 76
- Video Games, "3/91" (DE; 1991-09-06), page 91