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Mappy

Developer / Publisher: Namco
20 March 1983
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Title
A Fun Cat and Mouse Game
Mappy is a mouse cop whose goal is to retrieve stolen goods from the Meowkies. Guiding Mappy, the player traverses the mansion's many floors, collecting the goods and running away from the pink Meowkies while the big red one named Goro just does his own thing I guess. Each level is comprised of six floors of hallways filled with goods such as paintings and electronics. Each floor and hallway is accessed via trampoline. This trampoline is only usable for a couple bounces at a time but the Meowkies and Goro cannot harm Mappy while using it. Doors are Mappy's only defense against the enemies. Most will be colored beige but some are rainbow colored when closed and blue when opened. When opening the beige doors, the enemies on the side that opens are pushed backwards if close enough. The blue door creates sound waves when opened temporarily eliminating all enemies in it's path. The level ends when all objects are found. Occasionally there is a bonus stage where Mappy bounces on trampolines and collects balloons within a certain time limit.

Mappy is a basic game. Simple premise. Simple goal. The mechanics are more complex than other games like Pac Man. Actually, speaking of, this game is very similar to Pac Man in a lot of aspects. The goal is collecting ambiguous objects. The main character spends most of their time running away from the enemy. All of the levels have an almost maze-like structure. The main character has limited defense against their enemy. Mappy and his villains are also designed to be cartoony, colorful, and recognizable in a similar style as Pac Man.

Personally, I find Mappy to be the better, more adaptable game. It's difficulty is more manageable while still delivering a challenge. If there is a flaw it's that the set up can be a little unfair. Most deaths happen when enemies corner you and it is impossible to avoid or recover when that happens. The requirement for extra lives is very steep mostly because there are few opportunities for building up enough points. For example, the point system felt balanced in Galaga because different enemies carried different point amounts and there were plenty to choose from. The bonus stages in that game focus on freely shooting as many of those enemies as possible to not only grant the player a breather moment but to also act as a reward for progressing to that point in the game. Mappy's reward is popping balloons on a very strict time limit and the points acquired in these stages amount to very little. Personally, I don't find the bonus stages in Mappy to be all that fun or rewarding anyway. They are way too brief and introduce another challenge rather than act as a break for the player. The reward earned is also not worth it.
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MAPPY IS ADORABLE

You play a mouse Mappy and need to collect appliances in a stage to get to the next level. You must avoid contact with cats(yet you can jump on trampolines for a guaranteed safe-spot), which you can only defeat if you let a gust of wind blow them when opening doors which you can strategically close afterwards. It's a surprisingly deep game, and even if it wasn't, the comic sprites and sweet fairground/ragtime music will always make you want to get back for more Mappy.

THIS GAME IS WHAT HAPPINESS FEELS LIKE
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  • Anco17 2020-04-22 16:46:18.439715+00
    No. Good. Cops.
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  • yellow_moon1995 2021-06-28 17:04:08.322035+00
    one of namco's best early arcade games honestly
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  • psychoticnicholai 2021-09-28 04:27:50.966123+00
    Had surprisingly good AI for 1983
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  • theamazingxyz 2022-12-01 00:56:34.134202+00
    acab includes mice. jk this game rocks
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  • AidanAlva 2023-07-19 11:20:59.801919+00
    This was my absolute shit as a kid. The old plug-and-play had like 20 games but they almost all paled next to this besides Galaga and that one game where you were manning a bomber plane blowing up ambiguous military infrastructure
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  • Azel 2023-12-01 13:15:08.417893+00
    the best conclusion maze games could have received in the arcades before sidescrollers and stgs took over. lots of diverse ways you can score and manipulate AI around the doors for points. one of the first games to have a melodic BGM that is longer than a short loop or opening phrase. very underappreciated game in namcos golden age canon.
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  • captaingoosehead 2023-12-31 04:27:24.652312+00
    addictive as hell
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