|Port of the 1981 Midway arcade game, Kick-man was long suspected to exist somewhere but was only recently found in the collection of a former Roklan programmer. Although the Atari 2600 version of Kick-Man is a decent port, it had to be cut down to fit into 4K and to conform to the Atari 2600's technical limits. The most noticeable thing is that the amount of balloons Kick-Man can stack on his head has been reduced from eight to four. Not only that, but only one balloon can fall at a time instead of two. Also missing are the bonus rounds in which Kick-Man had to catch balloons while avoiding bombs being thrown out windows. Interestingly, the advertisements for the game actually mention these 'Challenge Racks', but this could have been due to a miscommunication with the marketing department or they could have been dropped when space became low (the entire 4K ROM is full).
According to programmer Alex Leavens he designed Kick-Man for Midway, but when they decided not to enter the home gaming market themselves they sold the rights to CBS Electronics. CBS Electronics needed a few minor tweaks done to the prototype before they could release it so they had programmer Dick Balaska to make the changes (Leavens was working for Roklan by this time and was not available). Balaska remembers doing some code compression and adding a rudimentary title screen to the game, but ultimately CBS decided not to release the game either. This was probably due to Kick-Man not doing particularly well at the arcades, even with the added Pac-Man gimmick. Interestingly CBS did make some box art for Kick-Man and it was advertised as being for sale in some ads so the decision to cancel the game must have been made quite late.