Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Flicky - Sega - 1984, review, high score #1

Things just weren't coming together right on Tuesday. I got beat down on DDP, Galaga '88 and Tatsujin even before Andi made it over. It was just one of those nights where you do everything wrong and swear the controller is malfunctioning. I actually think it was, too.

Andi came over, we jammed on a few games, didn't really kick too much ass (though Andi did really get into Gigawing) and decided to end the night on an old Sega title, Flicky.

Flicky is an arcade platformer where you are a bird catching chicks and dropping them off through a door without getting killed or your chicks get taken from you by the two cats roaming the levels. You get incrementally more points from returning multiple chicks and if you finish a stage quick enough, you get bonus points. There are also bonus stages and you get a hefty bonus by catching the birds without dropping one.

The play control is excellent, with your bird (who I would assume is Flicky) able to hover for very brief periods of time and who can run much like Mario in the early SMB titles. Its a game where once you get the hang of the controls, you start to really click with the game, diving in and out of tough spots and making use of all the mechanics in the game. Andi and I both got really into it and traded high scores until I dropped this 185,950 - right after Andi left for the night.


gunbird18 said...

Believe it or not, I have played this game before. Back when I first discovered the joys of MAME and I was downloading anything that looked interesting, I happened upon Flicky.

Plus, I think Sonic 3D Blast was situated on "Flicky Island"??? So I was intrigued!

I love this game! Such an awesome platformer!

Anonymous said...


Apparently one of the key Sonic Team members worked on Flicky, so Sonic games have come to include Flickies over the years.

But yes, Flicky is awesome. Interestingly, the first home port of Flicky came in 1991 (six years later) for the Genesis.


gunbird18 said...

Ahh, you're right, Andi!

Completely forgot about the port to Genesis! I will have to check out the Genesis game as well!

drboom said...

We all know the Genesis is a substandard gaming platform though, so just go for emulation...

I did take a look for the WR on Twin Galaxies and found that its something like 4+ million. That was from '86 when TG was very relaxed in accepting scores, so I'm taking that with a grain of salt. However, a 1.2+ million score was placed a few short years ago. I wonder when it loops - or if it ever does?