Rockin' Kats (known as NY Nyankies in Japan) is a Platform Game
developed by Atlus
in the early 90's for the NES, revolving around a young cat named Willy in a vague Prohibition-era setting who has to rescue his girlfriend Jill from the bulldog mob boss Mugsy.
The main gimmick of the game is the spring-loaded boxing glove gun that Willy uses as a weapon. On top of just punching enemies with it, he can also grab and swing from parts of the stage, grab certain projectiles and send them back to the enemy, and launch himself off of the floor and certain objects. The game also included Mega Man (Classic)
-style non-linear stage progression (done through choosing "channels" on a TV, a shopping channel for buying powerups, and a "bonus channel" for various minigames to earn cash and extra lives.
Rockin' Kats provides examples of:
- Advancing Wall of Doom: Two vertical sections of the final level have a ghostly disembodied doberman head slowly chasing you through them.
- Amusement Park of Doom: Level 3
- Anachronism Stew: Mugsy and his gang look like 30's gangsters, but the stage select has the player choosing stages on a TV, one of the bosses is a rock band, and at one point Willy rides on a skateboard.
- A Winner Is You: Beating the Brutal Bonus Level mentioned below gets you the exact same ending as beating the game normally.
- Blackout Basement: Part of level 5
- Boss Rush: During level 5.
- Brutal Bonus Level: Mugsy challenges Willy to one more fight after the credits, with an ultra-hard level preceding it (and no power-ups.)
- Cats Are Mean: Inverted. The protagonist is a cat and the main villain (and many of the bosses) are dogs of some kind.
- Creepy Cemetery: Part of stage 3 (though seeing as it's sandwiched between two amusement park sections, it's probably a haunted house.)
- Distressed Damsel: Jill gets herself kidnapped in every level.
- Epic Flail: The Hammer Punch powerup turns the boxing glove gun into this, doing more damage while not being able to grab things.
- Finger Firearms: The level 2 boss attacks with multiple White Gloves, capable of firing bullets by making the Finger Gun gesture.
- Guns Akimbo: Mugsy during the Final Boss fight.
- Injun Country: The second part of level 4.
- Instrument of Murder: The first stage boss has Willy fighting a rock band called the "Bull Band", with the lead singer attacking you with musical notes.
- Marathon Level: Level 5 is basically a Boss Rush with some pretty long stretches of level in-between each boss.
- Levels 3 and 4 aren't as insanely long, but still a lot longer than the first two stages (fortunately, there's mid-level checkpoints that are retained even after continuing.)
- Mascot with Attitude: Strangely enough, the game came out a few months before Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Minecart Madness: The final part of level 4
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Gangster dogs, ghost dogs, clown dogs, cowboy dogs, cowboy birds...
- Nintendo Hard: It just wouldn't be an Atlus game otherwise.
- No Arc in Archery: Averted. Archers in level 4 will fire their arrows upwards in an arc. The arrows don't change direction at all, though, making it look very odd.
- Noob Bridge: The player won't get very far without knowing about the floor rebound, swing and Wall Jump techniques (in fact, the player can't even beat the first level without knowing how to use them.)
- Outside Ride: Part of level 2 has Willy riding on top of a biplane to fight enemies.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: "CLOWN-DOG SHOW TIME CLAP! CLAP!"
- Shout-Out: One of the enemies in level 5 dresses like Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson and attacks by moonwalking into you.
- The bat enemies are dressed like a certain Caped Crusader.
- The second-to-last boss is a giant gorilla named Mr. Kong.
- Super Drowning Skills: Falling in water is instant death.
- Traintop Battle: Part of the first stage.
- Wall Jump: Willy can effectively do this by punching the wall at a downward angle.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: You can get pretty inventive with the boxing glove gun (and in fact you're expected to.)
- The Wild West: Level 4
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