Flicky (フリッキー) is an arcade game made by Sega. First released in arcades in 1984, Flicky was also released at the time for the SG-1000, and then ported to the MSX and Japanese computers Sharp X1, Fujitsu FM-7 and NEC PC-8801. It was later ported to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in 1991. Flicky was designed by Yoji Ishii, who was with Sonic Team until August 1999, when he formed Artoon, his own company.
In the game, the player controls Flicky, a flightless bird who has to save the Chirps (Piopio in Japan) from house cats.
The player has to collect all of the Chirps and guide them through the exit. The player has to avoid the cat, Tiger (Nyannyan) and the green iguana, Iggy (Choro). They can also be killed by throwing items at them. Tiger tries to catch Flicky by jumping on platforms or running, while Iggy owns the ability to climb walls and crawl fast along the floors. He debuts in round 10.
Players start with two lives and can gain more lives by acquiring certain scores; however there is a maximum of seven lives they can attain. When all the lives are gone, the game will end.
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 the Iggy now do contain it. Furthermore, some throwable items are replaced with different ones. Once the game has been completed a second time (passing level 96 = 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 after the 256th level the game starts over at the very first level and continues from there. If the player touches the enemy, the player will lose a life.
1 Player Start 1
2 Player Start 2
Coin 1 5
Coin 2 6
Service 1 9
Service Mode F2
P1 Left LEFT
P1 Right RIGHT
P1 Button 1 LCONTROL or Mouse B1
P2 Left D
P2 Right G
P2 Button 1 A
A female blue jay, named Flicky, must collect her chicks and lead them safely back to their nest, while they are chased by two cats. The cats make her chicks wandering off and try to eat her!
Each level offers about a dozen objects like watering cans, hammers, and cups, to throw at and knock out the cats.
The next level starts when all chicks are returned home safely.