Release date: 1984
When I first encountered the Famicom versions of Namcot's arcade classics (Dig Dug, Pac-Man and this game, especially), I rolled my eyes. They weren't "arcade perfect," so I wanted nothing to do with them. It wasn't until I acquired a cherry-red Twin Famicom late last year that I gave these ports another chance--mainly, I have to admit, because I adore the art that appears on their box covers. So, what do I think of the Famicom version of Mappy now that I've finally played it? Surprisingly, I think it's pretty great. The most important aspect of the arcade original, its gameplay (which revolves around the titular "police mouse" trying to retrieve a stash of stolen goods from a mansion full of trampolines and thieving cats), is just as tight and, more importantly, fun in the home port. The game's graphics have made a similarly successful transition from coin muncher to console, as has its soundtrack--although the latter could be considered a bit tinny (if not downright grating) compared to its arcade counterpart. All in all, this version of the one and only "cat chase game" is well worth picking up if you own a Famicom. If not, there's always the Famicom Mini Series re-release, which can be played on all GameBoy Advances and GBA-enabled DSes.
See also: Previous 'Great Gaymathon' posts