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Kick-Man Kick-Man - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Kick-Man - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Move a man on a unicycle and catch falling balloons and Pac-Men on your head. Use the Kick button to make the character's legs kick out and knock balloons back up for another try. Balloons stack up eight high and then the man will pop them. Stack Pac-Men for bonus points.

Kick-Man was produced by Midway Manufacturing Co. in 1981.

Midway Manufacturing Co. released 133 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1959. Midway Manufacturing Co. was based in United States.

Other machines made by Midway Manufacturing Co. during the time period Kick-Man was produced include: Li'l Hoop Shot!, Extra Bases, Space Encounters, Space Invaders II, Rally-X, Bosconian, Gorf, Kick, Ms. Pac-Man, and Ms. Pac-Man Plus


Name Kick-Man
Developer Midway Manufacturing Co. (United States)
Year 1981
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8298
Class Wide Release
Genre Skill
Conversion Class Midway MCR II
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Roller: Optical (left, right only)
  • Buttons: 1 - Kick
Sound Unamplified Stereo (requires two-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
  • Cabaret/Mini
Bezel Kick-Man Bezel Image
Control Panel Kick-Man Control Panel Image

Game Play

Catch falling balloons and Pac-Men on your head. If you miss one, you can try and kick it back up for another try, but if one hits the ground you lose a life. In the bonus round, you try and catch balloons thrown out of windows while dodging the bombs thrown at you.

Kick-Man KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.23 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.20

Overall Like 3.50
Fun (Social) 2.50
Fun (Solo) 3.50
Collector Desire 3.00

Technical Rating: 3.25

Gameplay 3.00
Graphics 3.00
Originality 4.00
Sound/Music 3.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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It has been reported that After Kick's initial production run, the Pac-Man characters were added to its program code and the game was then retitled Kick Man. This was done in the hopes that the recognition of the famous character would help boost Kick Man sales.This is indeed a false rumor as the Pac Man character was included in both the original KICK game and KICK-MAN. Another rumor circulating, which is likely more accurate, is that the NAME was changed from KICK to KICK-MAN after PACMAN took off to cash in on the popularity of PACMAN.

Cabinet Information

Yellow and white cabinet. The side-art shows man on a unicycle catching balloons.


The attract screen and marquee show the name as "Kick Man", two separate words.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Kick-Man Census

There are 14,745 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,470 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,450 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Common - There are 48 known instances of this machine owned by Kick-Man collectors who are active members. Of these, 42 of them are original dedicated machines. 6 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 2 active VAPS members with a Kick-Man machines for sale.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for Kick-Man.

This game ranks a 22 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



This game uses the same logic board and power supply as Tron.

Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 148; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 148; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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Kick Man Arcade Marquee 26" x 8"

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1981 Midway KICK PCB - Working (aka Kick Man)

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