Kick (video game)

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Developer(s) Midway
Publisher(s) Midway
Designer(s) John Pasierb
Platform(s) Arcade (original)
Commodore 64
  • NA: December 1981
1982 (C64)
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player
Cabinet Standard upright, cabaret, and cocktail
Arcade system Midway MCR-I[1]

Kick is an arcade game where the player controls a clown on a unicycle catching falling balloons and Pac-Man characters on the clown's hat. The game was later renamed Kick-Man. Commodore published a Commodore 64 port in 1982 with the punctuation-free title Kickman. [2]


The player moves a character to catch falling objects (balloons and Pac-Man icons). The character can also kick an object into the air to attempt to catch it again. The player loses a life for each object the character misses. Kick also has a bonus stage.[3]


Electronic Games wrote in 1983 that the game had been unsuccessful despite "top-notch background graphics and special sounds for effects. Can you imagine a game featuring Pac-Man that didn't make it? Kick Man is it."[4] The Commodore 64 version was somewhat better received, gaining a Certificate of Merit in the category of "1984 Best Arcade-to-Home Video Game/Computer Game Translation" at the 5th annual Arkie Awards.[5]:29


  1. ^ Old Classic Retro Gaming (2014-12-07), Arcade Game: Kick (1981 Midway), retrieved 2016-11-02 
  2. ^ "Kickman". Lemon64. 
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  4. ^ Pearl, Rick (June 1983). "Closet Classics". Electronic Games. p. 82. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Kunkel, Bill; Katz, Arnie (February 1984). "Arcade Alley: The 1984 Arcade Awards, Part II". Video. Reese Communications. 7 (11): 28–29. ISSN 0147-8907. 

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