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Flicky Arcade poster.jpg
North American arcade flyer
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Yoji Ishii
Artist(s) Yoshiki Kawasaki
Platform(s) Arcade, SG-1000, Sega Genesis, FM-7, MSX, PC-8801, Sharp X1
Release Arcade
  • JP: May 1984
  • NA: 1984
Sega Genesis
Genre(s) Platforming
Mode(s) Single-player
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Sega System 1

Flicky[a] is a platform game developed by Sega and originally released in arcades in May 1984. The player controls an eponymous blue bird and must gather all the Chirps in each round and take them to the exit. There are cat and lizard enemies which can kill the player, although Flicky can use items to protect itself from danger. Flicky was later ported to various home computer systems in Japan, and in 1991 was ported to the Sega Genesis. The game has continued to be re-released in various compilations of Sega video games. The Flicky character has become a mascot for Sega's early arcade years and continues to hold cameo appearances in Sega video games, most notably within the Sonic the Hedgehog series.


Flicky being followed by a trail of Chirps

Flicky is a platform game in which the player takes control of a flightless blue bird named Flicky. The game consists of numerous rounds in which the objective is to save small yellow birds entitled "Chirps". With only the ability to run side-to-side and jump, the player must collect all the Chirps and guide them to the exit to clear each round. The first two rounds have six Chirps and every round thereafter has eight. Bonuses are available for bringing multiple Chirps back at the same time. Additionally, there are also bonus rounds in which Flicky will need to catch as many falling Chirps as possible in a net. Catching all the Chirps will result in a "Perfect" bonus score.[1]

There are two enemy types in the standard rounds, house cats called Tiger and green iguanas called Iggy. These enemies can be simply avoided by running and jumping away, but can also be killed with throwable items, which are available only on certain levels. These items include telephones, flower pots, cups, and bottles. Flicky can pick up an item by walking into it, and throw it by jumping. Sometimes diamonds may appear, which cannot be thrown but rather provide bonus points.[1]

Development and release[edit]

Flicky was developed over the course of one year and was designed by Yoji Ishii with art done by Yoshiki Kawasaki.[2][3] The chicks were originally dots that would disappear when collected. The bird designs were added later in development. The gameplay elements of losing chicks near enemies and having the birds follow Flicky were added to increase difficulty. Although some players may think Flicky is the mother to the smaller birds, Flicky is truly just a friend. Lizzie was added to the game after testing.[2]

It was originally titled Flippy until Sega encountered trademark issues in the United States.[2] The game was first released in arcades in May 1984, and was later ported to several home Sega platforms including the SG-1000, MSX, Sharp X1, Fujitsu FM-7 and NEC PC-8801. In 1991, Flicky was ported to the Sega Genesis and released in both North America and Europe. The game has been featured in other Sega video game compilations.[2][3]


The Flicky character has made many cameo appearances in Sega games, effectively becoming a mascot for Sega's early arcade years. Flicky is featured in some Sega arcade games, including Teddy Boy Blues, Flash Point, Bloxeed, and SDI. The bird has also become an entire species and reoccurring minor character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Their most significant role is in Sonic 3D Blast (Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island). Flicky has continued to be included in Sega games, including Shenmue, Gunstar Super Heroes, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.[3]


  1. ^ Flicky (Japanese: フリッキー, Hepburn: Furikkī)


  1. ^ a b Flicky Instruction manual. (Sega Genesis, 1991)
  2. ^ a b c d "名作アルバム - 『フリッキー』 - 1". sega.jp (in Japanese). 14 May 2002. Archived from the original on 28 December 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Derboo, Sam. "Hardcore Gaming 101: Flicky". www.hardcoregaming101.net. Archived from the original on 20 May 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 

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