Today we are talking about a Sega arcade classic, Flicky. This was a pretty big hit in the 80s and was released on pretty much everything back in the day. The weird thing about Flicky is that Sega decided to release this on the Sega Mega Drive/Master System. Nothing wrong with releasing an arcade classic, but they waited until 1991 to do so! So this adorable, but a rather primitive platformer came out the same year as Sonic the Hedgehog.
Gotta Save Them All
The premise of the game is freaking adorable. You play as a cute little bird and you have to save other little birds on each level. That is the basics of the story and that is all we needed back in the day. The game has a ton of charm to it and I feel that this 16-bit version is the best looking of all the Flicky games that have been released.
Primitive, But Cute
The presentation of the game is just like it was in the arcades. By the time the game was released in 1991, it was seen as rather primitive. However, Sega captured the style of the arcade perfectly and in a way that the 8-bit consoles and computers of the day could not. It is nice and bright and while it may not have been appreciated back in 1991, now when you look back you cannot help, but smile at how cute and “retro” the overall design of this game is.
Ahead Of Its Time
When Flicky was first released in arcades in 1984, it was a breath of fresh air and very different from other games of its day. You control Flicky and you need to go around each of the 50 levels collecting the little birds. When you grab one, they follow you and you need to lead them to the exit. The more little birds that you have following you, the higher your score is going to be. The trouble with this is that there are a lot of other animals like cats and lizards that do not want these little birds getting away. If they touch you, you lose your little birds!
The platforming is solid enough and you can use a projectile attack, but this is really weird in that it fires when you jump so it can be rather hard to get the hang of. While there are 50 levels, this is the kind of game that you will be playing more for a high-score than just trying to beat all of the levels.
I know that at the time Flicky was rather under-appreciated when it was released. Many wondered why they would bother releasing an arcade game that was the better part of a decade old! However, I feel that it has a lot of charm and it is that perfect blend of fun and challenging so that pretty much anyone can play this and have fun.
- It is a very faithful port of the arcade original
- The game has a very cute charm to it
- The platforming feels fairly solid
- The music has its charm as well
- There are 50 levels to get through
- The game is rather primitive
- It is a bit of a shame how overlooked the game is
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode