If given a choice, though, I usually go with the 1991 Game Gear port that serves as the focus of this write-up.
Why? Well, it's portable, for starters--and these days, especially, I prefer on-the-go gaming experiences to those that require me to spend time in our basement. (That's where my consoles and our TV are situated.)
I also simply like how the wizards at Namcot/Namco were able to shrink this 1983 arcade classic so it could be played on Sega's GameBoy competitor.
And then there's the extra mode that, as far as I'm aware, only can be found in this particular version of Mappy. If you want to know more about it, read through the handful of comments shared at the end of this old post.
The gist, though, is that it features stages that are quite a bit more sprawling than those found in the original quarter-muncher. They also look kind of grimy compared to the ones most Mappy fans are used to seeing.
As exciting as Game Gear-specific offering may seem, I almost always ignore it in favor of the traditional arcade mode.
Anyway, enough about that. How about this iteration's packaging? I especially love the illustration that appears on the front of its box and cartridge, of course.
Its instruction manual includes a bunch of great illustrations, too--as should be evident while taking in the pair of snapshots above.
Don't worry, I'll publish scans of the entire booklet as part of my "Manual Stimulation" series in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on this or any other version of Mappy in the comments section that follows.
See also: my 'Great Gaymathon' review of Mappy's Famicom port