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Mappy - April 6, 2000 by Dorsola
Game:MappyCompany:Namco
Type:PlatformPlayers:1/2

Are you a man or a mouse? And what does being a cop have to do with this question? Find out in this game by Namco, entitled Mappy! You are now the brave little rodent whose job is to collect stolen treasures from a house full of trampolines, platforms, doors and "naughty folks", who will stop at nothing to stop you. In order to make it through each level, you must dodge your enemies, collect all of the treasures, and do all this by bouncing off of trampolines that can break if you stay on them too long. You can open and close doors from far away, too, which gives you an edge over your adversaries - knock them down and slap them silly with the doors, and even take advantage of special "Microwave" doors which will swiftly sweep them off-screen! Every so often, you also get a bonus wave where you have to pop as many balloons as possible.
Oh, let's not forget about Goro, the 'boss' of the naughty folks. Crafty and clever, he will occasionally hide behind the various items in the house - if you discover him, you get a bonus... but linger too long and he'll catch you!
And that, folks, is how you play the game. Now, on to the technical stuff. Graphically, this game isn't all that much to look at - Mappy and his adversaries have only a few frames each, and the rest of the playfield is pretty... well, plain. Can't really think of anything else to say about it. The sounds are okay - there's some fairly nice music playing throughout the game, and sound-effects aren't /too/ grating, but they're not terribly great either - there were other games out at the same time that had better graphics and sound.
Your play controls and challenge factor are pretty high, though - even at simple settings, this game can be darned frustrating sometimes. But combine that with perfect emulation in MAME and you might just be sitting there for a while, trying to figure out the best strategies to use. So, feel like kicking a little kitty-tail? Play Mappy and be glad this isn't real. ;-)
Graphics
5
7
Sound
Play Control
7
7
Challenge
Replay Value
6
10
Performance

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