Arcade Video Game published 30 years ago by Taito

Flipull screenshot

Emulated in MAME !
Information for the following ROM(s): flipull


Flipull © 1989 Taito.

Flipull is an action-based puzzle game for one or two players where the aim is to remove a formation of symbol-bearing blocks from the play area. Players fire one block at a time at matching-symboled blocks in the formation to remove them.

The fired block will remove all blocks with the same symbol it hits until it meets an unmatched block. The unmatched block then bounces back into the player's control and replaces it in the formation. Players must then find a matching target for the new block and repeat the process.

As well as firing blocks directly at the formation, blocks can also be bounced off angled walls at the top of the play area, allowing players to target previously inaccessible blocks from above.

Levels must be completed within a set time limit and if the player drops the throwing block or targets a block with a different symbol, the throwing block bounces back to the player and valuable seconds are lost.

There are four different standard blocks to remove. The game also features special blocks (bearing a lightning symbol) which will destroy any target blocks that they hit.

The game is over if either the time limit expires before the minimum number of blocks is removed, or if players find themselves in a position in which no matching formation blocks can be targeted.


Taito L System hardware


Flipull was released in July 1989 in Japan.

This game is known outside Japan as "Plotting".


* The longer the remaining time when a level is cleared the more points you get.

* The fewer the remaining blocks when a level is cleared the more points you get.

* You can destroy more than one block at a time if they are positioned next to each other. You score more points for this.


NOTE: These are Japanese ports. For ports released outside Japan, please see the non-Japanese version entry, "Plotting".

[JP] Nintendo Famicom (mar.16, 1990) "Flipull - An Exciting Cube Game [Model DMG-FPA]"
[JP] Sony PS2 (jul.28, 2005) "Taito Memories Joukan [Model SLPM-66057]"

[JP] Nintendo Game Boy (dec.15, 1989) "Flipull - An Exciting Cube Game [Model TFC-FP]"

[JP] Sharp X68000 (1993)

Game's ROMs.