Video Game: Kickle Cubicle
Kickle Cubicle (known in Japan as Meikyū Jima, "Mystery Island") is a top-down action puzzle game by Irem that was released for arcades in 1988 and for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990. The game's hero Kickle goes around levels freezing enemies and setting up ice pillars on his mission to collect Dream Bags.The premise of the NES version (the arcade version has a different plot) is that the Wicked Wizard King has turned the Fantasy Kingdom into ice, captured its palaces and princesses, and locked the people inside Dream Bags, leaving it up to Kickle to liberate the kingdom's four lands (Garden Land, Fruit Land, Cake Land and Toy Land) from icy slumber.
- Action Bomb: Sparky.
- An Ice Person: Kickle, who freezes enemies with his breath.
- Balloonacy: Kickle's method of travel in the NES version is a single red balloon.
- Bare Your Midriff: Princess Lutea of Fruit Land.
- Big "YES!": Kickle shouts "Yatta!" after completing a level in the arcade version.
- Block Puzzle: Once frozen into blocks, Noggles can be pushed around and into water to form bridges.
- Clucking Funny: In Garden Land, there is a chicken enemy named Max. Also, the boss of Garden Land is a giant chicken named Koke.
- Cool Shades: The enemies Max and Shades wear sunglasses.
- Drop-In Nemesis: Run out of time and a giant yellow star called Striker swoops in for an almost instant kill.
- Extended Gameplay: After beating the game, there is a "Special Game" with 30 additional, more difficult levels.
- Flying on a Cloud: Kickle does so between stages in the arcade version.
- Frictionless Ice: Surprisingly averted. The game does feature "slippery ice," but all it means is areas where Noggles can't walk across and Kickle can't make ice pillars.
- Giant Mook: The bosses for the first three worlds are giant versions of a Mook exclusively found within each of those worlds.
- The Goomba: Noggles, which move around quite slowly, and, unlike other enemies in the game, can be turned into ice cubes to push around.
- Let's Play: Gunarm Dyne has done one.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Some enemies can be destroyed by kicking them after freezing.
- Monster Clown: While not exactly monsters, there is a clown enemy in Fruit Land named Bonkers. Also, the boss of Fruit Land, Piro, is a giant clown that attacks by somersaulting your way and throwing balls at you.
- Mook Maker: Base Rocks spawn enemies if there are less than the maximum of each type.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Lutea and Mira. Averted with Pumpa and Crema.
- Save the Princess: One princess for Kickle to save in each of the four lands.
- Shield-Bearing Mook: Rooker, whose shield will actually reflect Kickle's freezing attack back at him.
- Snowlems: They have a freezing breath attack like Kickle's, which they are immune to.
- Spike Balls of Doom: One enemy is an invincible spinning spike ball that likes to hug walls.
- Springs Springs Everywhere: Not to jump on, but for blocks to bounce off.
- Standard Hero Reward: Kickle marries Princess Mira, the princess trapped in the last palace, after rescuing the Fantasy Kingdom and becomes its prince.
- Turtle Power: In Cake Land, there is a turtle enemy named Myrtle that likes to drop into its shell and charge. The boss is also a giant version of Myrtle, renamed Kapan.
- Wingding Eyes: Kickle's eyes turn into hearts at the end when Princess Mira kisses him.