Mappy is an exercise of fast movement and thinking ahead. Sure you can just run through it, but in order to maximize your score, you need to think ahead. But I am getting ahead of myself. The main gameplay consists of you grabbing all the treasure in the form of paintings, safes and other valuable objects while these criminal cats chase after you. If they touch you, you are dead and they can run faster than you, so you need to be cunning.
The first thing to do is learn the proper way to jump on the trampolines. One thing you will notice is that the trampoline changes color as you jump on it. With each leap, you are weakening it and after three jumps, the trampoline is ready to break. So be careful! Of course if you jump off the trampoline and then back on, it magically fixes itself, so long as it didn't break. So keep this in mind as you bounce up and down.
There are the loot laying around that you get point for, but with a little careful planning, you can really maximize your points! First off, there are two of each item on the level and if you grab one of the items, the other begins to flash. Grab a flashing one before you grab a different one and you get bonus points! The bonus keeps going up as you get more pairs. A great way to improve that score!
But there are other ways to build up that score! If a cat goes behind an item and stops there, you can run over the item and stun the cat and get a nice bonus in the process! But be careful as they only stay there a few precious seconds and if you don't hurry, you could be jumping in the jaws of an awaiting cat! There is also the flashing doors. These doors release an awful wind that carries away all the cats in its path. So these doors are a lifesaver as they will clear out the space and can be used to clear a path for you. Since you only see one section of three on the screen at a given time, there may be a cat waiting for you. Use the door and you can send those nasty cats packing! The more cats you catch in this wind, the more points you get. Plus, there is a few moments of peace, before the cats make another attack.
There are the regular levels, which vary some as you get to later rounds and then there are the bonus levels. These are a race against the clock as you must pop as many balloons as possible before the song playing ends. If you get all the balloons, you get a 5000 point bonus! This will help send your score up!
Mappy is one of those games that is alot more than it appears to be. While it may look like a cute platform game, there really is more to it and you will find Mappy to be very exciting. Just give it a chance!
This is just a review of the arcade machine. If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay. Click below to see if you can find this game.
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