Mappy is a 1983 video game. You are a mouse in a house of burglar-cats intent on recovering their stolen loot. You get from floor to floor by jumping on trampolines. Various doors are your only defense against the cats.
The game music appears to be based on ragtime. There are a total of 15 rounds in the game, after which it returns to the first round.
The player controls Mappy, the "Micro Police" officer, a police-mouse whose job is to collect valuables from a cat's house (one has to surmise that he is retrieving stolen goods). In hot pursuit of our hero is a gang of five pink cats called Meowky (Mewkies in the Japanese version) or "Naughty Folks" and a large red fat cat called Goro ("Nyamco" in the Japanese version) or "Boss the Big Bit".
Levels 3, 7, 11 and 15 are bonus rounds. Each red balloon you pop is worth 200 points later. The last balloon, with Goro behind it, is worth 2000 points later. Bouncing on trampolines here is still worth 10 points. If you get all the balloons, you'll get a total of 5000 points plus a bonus of 5000 points. To completely clear rounds 11 and 15 requires noting a difference between rounds 3 and 7. If you wait too long after the HURRY UP message, a green spinning disc with Goro's face on it will appear. (It's been said that this is the spirit of Goro's ancestor.)
This game was and still is more popular in Japan than it is in the USA, possibly due to cultural differences. There have been sequels to this game (e.g., Hopping Mappy), but these were released only in Japan, with the exception of Mappy-Land for the NES. However, Americans probably do know about this through Microsoft's Revenge of Arcade collection, the "Plug-n-Play" games collections by Jakks Pacific, or the various Namco Museum releases. It also got its own "Arrangement" version in 1995, adding in stronger trampolines that take two hits to change color, dual-sided doors, and trapdoors that can be used to jump or dive into other floors.
Mappy has examples of:
- Bonus Stage: The aforementioned balloon levels.
- Cats Are Mean: Goro and the Meowkies are hardened criminals. And even though Mappy is ostensibly chasing them, they do the lion's share of the chasing in the game proper.
- Door Fu: If you close an open door while a cat is walking through it, you can stun it
- The '80s: The era the original Mappy was released in
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Two species of cats, a giant coin possessed by a deceased cat criminal, the tramples if you hop on one to many times, and the trap doors in the fourth mansion.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: After getting through the third and sixth worlds in Arrangement, respectively, you're suddenly forced to fight a giant, laughing robotic Goro toy that throws multiple Gosenzo Coins at you, either in an arc (world 3 fight) or in a straight line. (world 6 fight)
- Let's Play - "Mappy Land is Hell."
- Nintendo Hard: One of Namco's more challenging arcade games, for a variety of reasons.
- No OSHA Compliance: The trampolines disintegrate after Mappy bounces on them three times in a row.
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: Mappy himself.
- One-Word Title: Protagonist Title
- Protagonist Title: One-Word Title
- Songs in the Key of Panic - Hurry Music type.
- Stalked by the Bell: Comes in two stages; first, a "Hurry!" message will scroll across the screen, after which the music and enemies are sped up and a few more Mewkies are dropped into the playfield. If the player continues to take too long after this, the invincible and unstoppable Gosenzo Coin appears to run Mappy down.
- Tactical Door Use: Provides the page image. Doors can be used to stun Meowkies, and special doors emit microwaves that push them off the screen.
- The trapdoors in Arrangement, which can be used not only to quickly go up or down one floor, but also to stun Meowkies and push them up/down a floor.
The ShiftyLook web series has examples of:
- Bad Boss: Goro
- Blatant Lies: Used frequently and hilariously.Goro: I was just... nervously rubbing my chin whiskers! I always do that when I'm innocent!
- The Cameo: Dig Dug and Sky Kid are Mappy's co-workers.
- Episode 2: Several characters from Muscle March appear as personal trainers.
- Episode 3: Goro employs Albatross from Rolling Thunder to out the corporate spy.
- Episode 4: "The guy from Splatterhouse" stole someone's parking space, and Wonder Momo is a pop star.
- Episode 5: The Prince of All Cosmos is Nyamco's janitor.
- Episode 6: Goro claims he can't trust Mappy after an important safe is stolen, so he gets Richard and Keith to investigate.
- Episode 7: Ninjas from Ninja Assault scour Nyamco for a sacred weapon.
- Episode 8: An Indiana Jones Expy who happens to be the son of Tower of Babel's Dr. Borgnine is heading an archeological dig on Nyamco property.
- Episode 9: Demons from Shadowland infest the Nyamco Offices (due to the curse of the Ninja Assault clan in episode 7), and the protagonist is summoned to get rid of them.
- Episode 10: Bravoman shows up to arrest Mappy and Dig-Dug, thinking they're the ones who pulled off the big art heist instead of Goro. He has a different voice from his own web series, which is lampshaded.
- Episode 12: Valkyrie is the judge presiding over Goro's trial. Her voice is surprisingly gravelly, and instead of being a Genki Girl like in her comic on Shifty Look (she's even drawn in the original artist's artstyle), she is surprisingly serious.
- Call-Back: During the trial, after Albatross testifies, Goro brings back the "Albatross? ...No..." reaction.
- Closet Geek: Goro is a huge fan of Wonder Momo and even cosplays as her during her live concerts. When Mappy and Dig Dug find out, he says he'll overlook them ditching work if they don't tell anyone about it.
- Curse Cut Short: Used a couple times, most notably at the end of Episode 11.Goro: Oh! Shiiiiiiiii—
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: Katamari Damacy loves this trope so much, it apparently even applies to The Prince's vomit.
- Evil Laugh: Goro's Verbal Tic.
- Fat Bastard: Goro again. He even admits he's projecting his body image issues onto Mappy.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Top Hat, not actually being Spanish, drops misplaced Spanish words all over his dialogue.
- Implausible Deniability: "Buff Bear" adamantly denies he stole "Top Hat's" protein powder...while he's eating it. He manages to pin it on Sky Kid.
- In the Style of...: Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Episode 9 has one to explain that Monmotaro the ghost coming out of Tarosuke's mouth does actually happen in the game they come from, Shadowland.
- Once an Episode: There's a small message (usually coming from Goro) at the beginning of each episode.
- Only Sane Man: Mappy, who frequently deals with his Card-Carrying Villain boss Goro and his kind-of-annoying and airheaded coworker Sky Kid. Even his good friend and generally reasonable Dig Dug can get on his nerves sometimes, mostly due to his obsession with drills.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Codename Albatross fools everyone save Mappy with a poorly applied wig.
- Precision F-Strike: Sky Kid of all people gives one. Perfectly coupled with Mood Whiplash to create one of the funniest moments of the series.Sky Kid: Now that I look back on everything, I guess there does seem to be a preponderance of evidence that Goro spent millions of dollars of his company's money crafting the world's biggest museum heist. Now, I'm not gonna sit here and tell you that Goro hasn't done things wrong. And I'm not gonna tell you that Goro shouldn't be punished if he is found guilty of these terrible crimes. But I just think it'd be a shame for us to forget the fact that he's a person. With feelings and desires and a mother and father who probably tried their best to raise him right! We all make mistakes in life. I have, you have, and Goro's no exception. But he still deserves to be treated with dignity.Mappy: Sky Kid, do you think he did it?Sky Kid: Oh, 'course! He's guilty as f***!
- Reality Ensues: The Prince gets sick in Episode 5 because he spends all his time rolling up others' garbage.
- After Mappy successfully apprehends Goro for his crimes Nyamco ends up without a boss, closing the company and leaving everyone there unemployed
- Rule of Three: Each time Mappy accuses Albatross of being the spy, Goro's reaction is "Albatross?...No."
- Running Gag: All throughout episode 5, Dig Dug forgets that he keeps his drill on his back.
- Squee!: The look on Dig Dug's face when he and Mappy see Goro cosplaying as Wonder Momo.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: With The Prince in Episode 5.