Review by Bugs72740

"The best game you've never played in your life"

Let's say you've just been playing a hard, thrilling game of Ridge Racer Type 4 (okay, "hard" and "thrilling" are stretching it a bit), and you've noticed that the easy team is known as Team Mappy Mouse.

"What the heck does that mean?" you may have wondered.

Simple. Following the grand tradition of Namco's in-jokes, Mappy Mouse was the star of Mappy, a very early '80s platform-ish game that, quite simply, rocks.

Unfortunately, the game flopped and apparently never made it to many arcades, and as a consequence, a lot of people have never heard of this game, which is a total shame.

Mappy of the Micro-Police has a simple objective--collect all the stolen appliances, objets d'art, and other junk lying around a house filled with thieving cats. (Cats who steal. I hate 'em already. There's nothing worse than a thieving cat.) There's a red cat (usually called Goro but sometimes called Nyamco--*chuckle*--depending on the machine you're playing) who is very dangerous, and pink cats (Meowky) that are almost as dangerous. You have to get to different floors by using trampolines, which, however, can't be jumped on too often, unless you want to see poor Mappy splat on the floor (where the horrible thieving cats will probably use Shake-'n'-Bake on him or something). Slamming doors will stop the cats momentarily, at which point Mappy can continue to pursue justice; and he can also create magic doors which, when opened, will fire a bolt across the screen, frying any of those darn cats that happen to be in the way (serves 'em right). Heck, in the bonus rounds, you can even practice trampoline jumping for points while popping balloons.

What can I say? This game is pure fun. A port of the game was done for the Famicom in Japan, but Mappy was never legally released here for the NES; however, a sequel is available, called Mappy-land, which is more of a normal side-scrolling platformer and not as much fun. (Darn thieving cats... [grumble grumble])

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 11/01/99

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