Review by vgc2000

Reviewed: 04/02/12

Not very well known in the Americas but it's a great game!

Namco released the arcade game Mappy in 1983 and while it was released in the USA it never seemed to garner much attention and none of the home console ports were released outside of Japan until it was released on the Wii Virtual Console. Despite the lack of attention it is fondly remembered by those who've played it and it did spawn a few sequels as well.

Mappy is a simple arcade style platform game where you take control of a mouse and have to avoid cats and collect a set of items and household electronics in order to finish the round. Mappy has to avoid running into the cats as long as he's on a platform, if he's jumping on a trampoline the cats are unable to hurt him. Most of the floors have doors that can be flung open in order to stun the cats and some doors will send out an energy wave which will send the cats flying and can rack up points. Later on there are bells on the ceilings that will kill the cats well as traps in the floors that the cats can fall through. After every few rounds there's a bonus stage where you have to collect baloons within a certain time limit while hopping on trampolines. The game actually has about fifteen or sixteen rounds before it loops giving the game a nice variety.

Graphically the game is very charming with a lot of nice detail in the cats and Mappy as well as everything else is a lot of fun to look at. Namco didn't program the intro into this version and the scene where Mappy enters each round is sadly missing as well and the NES woul've had no problems handling the extra details so why it's not there is a shame and would've added to the beauty of the game. You can tell that the sound effects were done by Namco as they've used similar sounds for other games and they all work well here and the music is quite charming and really catchy and never gets tiring to listen to.

If you're a fan of old arcades or of Namco's early games then this is totally worth checking out as it's just a lot of fun to play. It's pretty simple to pick up and learn and the difficulty is on the mild side so you'll never get frustrated while playing it. If you have another like minded person around then grab a second controller and play two players. Mappy lacks any options and is a tad on the simple side which may be a bit of a turnoff for someone looking for a deeper game but but aside from that Mappy is just full of that old school charm so go and find a Famicom to NES converter and add this game to your collection, you won't be disappointed!

Rating:   4.0 - Great

Product Release: Mappy (JP, 11/14/84)

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