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Kicker Kicker - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Kicker - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Kung-fu player jumps around multiple level boards, kicking opponents and collecting power-ups and bonus items. Player defeats by way of three kicks the board "boss" and advances to the next level.

Kicker was produced by Konami in 1985.

Konami released 434 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Konami was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Konami during the time period Kicker was produced include: Bubble System, Time Pilot '84, Super Basketball, Sky Jaguar, Shinnyuushain Tooru-kun, Finalizer - Super Transformation, Galactic Warriors, Gradius, Green Beret, and Jail Break


Name Kicker
Developer Konami (Japan)
Year 1985
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8304
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class Konami Classic
Game Specific Kicker Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Kicker Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Play

Player kicks opponents off screen to advance to the next level. The kick button is used to kick enemies, and the jump button is used to jump over projectiles and to perform jumping attacks. To jump to another level, press up or down with the control pad without pressing any buttons. This is a common mistake players make when trying to escape enemy attacks. Ordinary enemies include an enemy with purple shorts, and an enemy with green shorts. When an enemy with green shorts is defeated, a ball appears. Catching a ball enables special abilities. The purple ball gives the player a boomerang hammer. Pressing the kick button throws the hammer in the direction the player is facing and pressing the joystick in the opposite direction returns it. The yellow ball gives the player a blow gun. Pressing the kick button fires projectiles in opposite directions. The green ball circles the player, making him temporarily impervious to enemy attack. All balls last for approximately five seconds. Each level consists of two rounds - ordinary enemies, and super enemy. The super enemy can be destroyed with four blows. There are four levels of two rounds each. The first super enemy is a character with a tail on the back of his head who crosses his legs and stretches out his arms every time he jumps. The second super enemy is a lady who throws punches and kicks and whose dress goes out just before she jumps. The third super enemy has a white mane and spits fire. The fourth super enemy is a fat character that also spits fire. The best way to defeat these enemies is to wait on a level above or below them, move to the side just as they initiate their jump, and kick them while they are still in the air. This also works well with ordinary enemies. On the first level, ordinary enemies attack by using jump kicks, jumping up/down levels, and throwing daggers. Beginning with the second level, ordinary enemies can fly directly at the player. Players can be hurt by 1 being attacked by enemy characters, 2 being hit by an enemy projectile, or 3 falling off a platform. A player can only sustain four hits before dying. Each time the player is hit, a number appears above his head indicating which hit the player has taken. On the third hit, the player starts flashing, indicating that he can only take one more hit before dying. A damage meter is located at the top of the screen. When a player completes a level by defeating the final enemy, a slamming noise is made while the character flexes his muscles and says "GUTS!" If a player finishes a level without flashing, he/she receives a bonus. After all four levels are completed, play returns to the first level, but the enemies are more difficult to defeat.

Kicker KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.93 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 3.60

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 1.00

Technical Rating: 4.25

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 5.00
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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Cabinet Information

Typical cartoon-ish Avatar and opponents.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Kicker Census

There are 14,958 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,547 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,359 machines (6,939 unique titles).

Common - There are 37 known instances of this machine owned by Kicker collectors who are active members. Of these, 2 of them are original dedicated machines. 7 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 28 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Kicker machine for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Kicker circuit board for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 11 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

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



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