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Kick Rider Kick Rider - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

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A road-race game where the view is from above. You control a motorbike with opponents on motorcycles who jostle you with their legs, and the occasional car. Played against the clock with points for passing.

Kick Rider was produced by Universal in 1984.

Universal released 52 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Universal was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Universal during the time period Kick Rider was produced include: Eggs, Mr. Do! Vs. Unicorns, Mr. Do!'s Castle, Go Go Coaster, Mr. Do! (Yankee DO!), Adventure Mr. Do!, La Cible, Do! Run Run, Nova 2001, and Jumping Jack

Kick Rider
Kick Rider


Name Kick Rider
Developer Universal (Japan)
Year 1984
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8300
Class Wide Release
Genre Racing
Conversion Class Universal
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Accelerate
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Play

The initial stages of the game are played with a view from above your motorbike, looking down onto the road. Other motorbikes line up with you for a "traffic light" start. Once under way, they jostle you with their legs, and you can jostle back by pressing the button and left or right. With no bikes by your side, you can gain a bit more speed. There are occasional constrictions on left and right, and central islands. There are no sharp corners! Occasionally a car appears in front of you leaving bombs in its wake. You crash if you hit a bomb, hit the car, or hit any area off the road. If you crash, you lose time. The game is played against the clock, with bonus points decreasing as you play. Towards the goal, the view switches to above and behind your motor-bike, looking further ahead than before towards a city in the distance. There are traffic cones to avoid if you can. After every three levels there is an intermission screen where a bonus is awarded for each vehicle you passed.

Kick Rider KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 1.28 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 1.00

Overall Like 1.00
Fun (Social) 1.00
Fun (Solo) 1.00
Collector Desire 0.00

Technical Rating: 1.50

Gameplay 2.00
Graphics 1.00
Originality 1.00
Sound/Music 2.00

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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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Kick Rider Census

There are 14,948 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,545 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,379 machines (6,938 unique titles).

Scarce - There are 3 known instances of this machine owned by Kick Rider collectors who are active members. Of these, 3 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Kick Rider.

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

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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The game has been found on a PCB marked 8339A. It is a Mr. Do's Wild Ride board with the ROMs swapped. The EPROMs are marked K1-K10. The color PROM at location C9 was also changed.

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