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Flicky (Arcade)

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Title Screen

Flicky

Developer: Sega AM1
Publisher: Sega
Platform: Arcade (Sega System 1)
Released internationally: May 1, 1984


DevMessageIcon.png This game has a hidden developer message.
CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


Flicky is a rubbery bird who must save her yellow Piopio buddies from the inexorably evil Nyannyan cats. There's an iguana sometimes. The character was later included in a rather disliked Sonic game.

Hidden Text

Two early names for the game can be found right at the start of the first main CPU chip, epr5978a.116, at 0x0013:

Older Sets Newer Sets
/ BUSTY //FLIPPY /
SEGA 84/5/24
/BUSTY //FLIPPY /
SEGA 84/11/26

Interestingly, the early "Flippy" title managed to make its way onto an arcade flyer.

A longer message is at the end of the second main CPU chip, epr5979a.109, starting at 0x3EDC (0x7EDC in memory):

Older Sets Newer Sets
1984/05/24 SEGA R/D 
[[ FLICKY !!]]
OLD NAME 1) BUSTY 2) FLIPP
PROGRAMED BY HIDEKI.ISHIKAWA SHUICHI.KATAGI
GAME DESIGNED BY YOJI.ISHII
CHARACTOR DESIGNED BY YOSHIKI.KAWASAKI
SECURITY BY S.KATAGI
ALL RIGHT RESERVED
[[ DON'T COPY!! ]] [[ DON'T COPY!! ]] 
[[ DON'T COPY!! ]] [[ DON'T COPY!! ]
1984/11/26 SEGA R/D
[[ FLICKY !!]]
OLD NAME 1) BUSTY 2) FLIPP
PROGRAMED BY HIDEKI.ISHIKAWA SHUICHI.KATAGI
GAME DESIGNED BY YOJI.ISHII
CHARACTOR DESIGNED BY YOSHIKI.KAWASAKI
SECURITY BY S.KATAGI
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
(Source: Flicky 1984 (Gingerbeardman))

Unused Graphics

Hmmm...
To do:
Unused Flicky frames

A drunk alien shot Ziggy Stardust
Typical unused font characters. All mid-80s arcade games were obligated to have some of these!

Look at that block. Of text
This requires a bit of explanation. The way the game handles stage palettes is as follows:

  • The default stage palettes, which are loaded when the game boots up, are stored in palette sets 40 to 7F.
  • The "active" stage palettes, which are mirrored from palettes 40-7F until the game needs to loads something else into that space, are stored in palette sets 80 to BF.

Palette 83 is used for each stage type's platform palettes. Palette 43, shown above, is only used as a fallback palette. It can be seen briefly when the game is reset. It's not used anywhere else.

Wasn't that fun?

Alternate Final
Round Angular

Here's an alternate set of the tiles the game uses for platforms. Here are the differences:

  • The alternate set's graphics use fewer colors than the final set. This means that it can't use palette tricks to change the appearance of the tiles like the final set does.
  • The alternate set uses palette 4B / 8B. Neither palette changes during play. (The final set uses palette 43 / 83, which changes with each level type.)
  • The alternate set is rounded off at the edges.
(Source: Original TCRF research)

Version Differences

There are two distinct builds for both the 64k and 128k versions of the game. The first has a build date of May 24th, and the second was built on November 26th. The later sets (named flickys1 and flickys2 in MAME) have different dip switch settings that make the game more difficult.

Dip Switch Older Newer
Lives 3 Lives
4 Lives
5 Lives
Infinite Lives
2 Lives
3 Lives
4 Lives
Infinite Lives
Bonus Lives 30k, 80k, 160k
30k, 100k, 200k
40k, 120k, 240k
40k, 140k, 280k
80k
160k
240k
320k

The 64k version of the later set has an additional feature: Dip switch B2 toggles sound in attract mode. In all other versions, sounds never play in attract mode.

(Source: MAME Sega System 1 driver)