THE HEAT IS ON!
Galloping Ghost Arcade has reported that Danielle Robbins has achieved a score of 4,809,970, which they have verified as a New World Record. This beats the score she set a fortnight ago which was also announced as a record. Great work, Danielle!
However, regular readers will know that John Monkus has held a higher score since my interview with him in June 2013. John has since gone on to achieve much higher scores and is currently working towards a live play session in order to have his score verified by his local arcade, hoping to take back the World Record that he understandably says is his.
This competition has the potential to be as fierce as The King of Kong. Watch this space, Flicky Fans!
As previously mentioned in the post about the Bonus Characters, there is one window on each level that looks different than the others: the special window.
One feature of this window, other than revealing the bonus characters, is that a monster will appear here and spit fireballs.
The monster appears in a couple of situations:
- if you’ve not made any movement for 5 seconds.
- if you’ve been playing the level for longer than 1 minute.
The only interesting fact is that if you have not moved from the start position, then the first time the monster appears he will not spit a fireball at you, but will still play through the spitting animation. So, beginners get 10 seconds before being hurried along. This is a seldom seen moment of kindness from the otherwise ruthless game logic.
Sometimes after a cat is knocked out a shiny diamond is left behind. This is very nice as they can be worth anywhere up to 3000 points.
It would be even better if you could rely on these diamonds appearing, but their behaviour is largely by chance. Finding out exactly when they appear took some great reverse engineering effort by a couple of kind individuals. Eternal thanks to them!
A diamond will appear only if the cat disappears outside of the centre third of the play area and if the x co-ordinate at which the cat finally comes to rest must be even. So, about 50% chance—if you position the screen correctly.
A diamond will appear only if the cat disappears in the first 1/6th of any in game second. So, about 16% chance.
What’s it worth?
The value of points awarded by a diamond depends on how many chicks you have in tow at the time the cat disappears:
||Value of Diamond (points)
Arcade: Phil Bennett (MAMEWorld), MegaDrive: GManiac (SpritesMind)
A Bird in the Hand
Chicks hover in mid-air until you collect them, moving up and down around a centre point. Their motion is easy to predict.
So it’s useful that lot of chicks are positioned above platforms and are close enough to be picked up, without jumping, as they reach the lowest point of their hovering motion.
You can use this trick to collect chicks whilst taking a brief moment to survey the level.
You may have noticed during play that there is one window on each level that looks different to all the other windows. Let’s call it the special window.
This window is special for a couple of reasons. Firstly, if you take too long on a level a monster will appear in the special window and spit fireballs at you. Not good. Secondly, if you play well enough a bonus character will appear in the special window at the end of certain levels and award you with a massive point bonus. These bonuses are key to big scores.
Exactly when these characters appeared and why was a mystery. All manner of hypotheses were put forward, but nobody knew exactly what was happening. Until now.
Huge thanks to Phil Bennett of the MAME team for his expertise in reverse-engineering Flicky and exposing the finer details of how things work. Hip hip hooray!
A bonus character may appear at the end of rounds 10, 18, 26, 34, 42 and 50. Their presence is determined by your performance over the previous 7 rounds. On each round you must:
1) Save all 8 piopio at once.
2) Finish in under the following time limits:
||Time Limit (seconds)
The points awarded for each character appearance are:
||Female Flicky (dancing)
Your performance during the so-called bonus rounds has no effect on the whether or not a bonus character appears.
These things are looking a little old, don’t you think?
at Aladdin’s Castle #351
One interesting quirky in the Flicky logic means that you will not die if you are standing in front of a grate as a cat comes out of it. Whilst the cat is blinking and even shaking its head you are fine, but as soon as the body of the cat appears you run the risk of being killed.
You can use this fact to avoid a cat that is about to appear directly in your path, by waiting for a short amount of time in front of the grate.
Classic Arcade Game Podcast co-hosted by Mike Maginnis and Carrington Vanston.
Flicky coverage starts at 21 minutes.
Thanks to John Monkus for pointing me to this.
…more about John soon!