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Release year: 1984 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Namco

Mappy (NES)

Mappy (AKA マッピー Mappī in Japan) is a 2D side-scrolling arcade maze / platform video game developed and published by Namco for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1984. The main characters include a titular policemouse named Mappy, the crime boss tomcat named Nyamco, and the smaller henchkittens called the Mewkies that steal stuff.

Mappy Cover Box

Mappy Cover (Famicom JAP)

Players get to level up once Mappy recovers the stolen stuff such as computers, TVs, paintings, and many other items. These objects decorate the mansions of Nyamco. They should be recovered while getting rid of enemies chasing the policemouse around the playfield.

Collectibles sometimes flash to indicate they offer multiplier bonuses once recovered. The bonuses will increase every time the player collects the objects in the playfield. To add scores, players should find everything in the quickest and safest way possible.

Each stage has multiple floors and the player can access them by using the trampolines. However, these trampolines will break once the player uses them many times. After some stages are completed, the policemouse can enter a bonus level.

The special bonus levels feature only trampolines, walls, and balloons for a limited time. Players can enjoy more bonus points by collecting all the balloons before the timer expires. However, it’s not easy to attain these bonuses because one wrong bounce in the trampoline can ruin the game.

This video game is quite challenging because Mappy only jumps with assistance and he can’t attack opponents directly. The only way to win against the Mewkies is to take advantage of the environment. Cats that are hit by opening or closing doors are knocked down so you can safely ignore them for a few seconds. Departed enemies give bonus points, but new Mewkies will emerge.

Aside from doors, the policemouse can also use bells to recover items. In all of the 16 levels, there are different tools players can use to their advantage.

For impatient gamers, this game is a treat: It’s not long before you can finish all the stages. Some players only take 15 minutes while beginners may require more time. Overall, it’s a worthwhile video game on Nintendo consoles. The excitement of playing Mappy is truly an entertaining experience for both newbies and long-time video game players.

Mappy game has been ported to Arcade, MSX, Famicom / NES (this version), Super Cassette Vision, Sega Game Gear, NEC PC-6001, NEC PC-8001, NEC PC-8801, Sharp MZ, Fujitsu FM-7, Sharp X1, Sord M5, Windows, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo Virtual Console, iOS, Android.

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