Mappy - Atari 2600



TV Type:  NTSC        PAL60      

The Story

“Cat burglars” are nothing new, but these burglars are actual cats! Having perpetrated a rash of thefts, they’ve stashed their loot in a series of abandoned mansions. You’re Mappy – the city's finest police officer – and you've been chosen to crack the case! Unfortunately, you’re also a mouse... and you’re outnumbered. This is not going to be easy!

Your mission is to infiltrate the cat burglars’ lairs and retrieve the stolen loot. You won’t be able to apprehend the cats, but you can stun them by slamming doors on them and turning their own booby-traps against them. But don’t let them catch you – if even one of those cats gets their paws on you, you’ll be cat chow!


How To Play

Use the joystick to guide Mappy through the mansions and retrieve the stolen goods. Collect the loot in pairs (the matching item blinks) for big points. Collect all ten to advance to the next level.

Move off a platform to jump onto the trampolines below and move left/right to jump to another floor. Mappy can't be caught by a cat while he's on the trampolines so use them also to escape enemies in pursuit. Be careful though, as trampolines will weaken with each jump and landing on a red trampoline will break and Mappy will fall to his doom! On each floor there are doors that can be opened or closed by pressing the button while facing the door. Doors can be opened from a distance and used to knock back the cats and stun them temporarily. Opening a flashing door will emit a microwave that will capture any cats in it's path and give Mappy a break to escape to a safer area.

On later levels, there are bells located on each end of the mansion. Hit these bells to drop them onto the cats below and stun them for a few seconds. On other levels there will be blinking trap doors. Move Mappy over these traps to open them up and drop the cats down to stun them!

Every so often a Bonus level will allow Mappy to take a break and gain some extra points. Try to pop all the balloons before time runs out for high score.

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Mappy is a port of the unique arcade game of the same name, brought over to the 2600 by John W. Champeau, whose previous Atari 2600 efforts include Super Cobra Arcade, Scramble, Conquest of Mars, and Lady Bug. Mappy is stunningly accurate to the original arcade game in terms of gameplay, graphics, and sound, even featuring the arcade game's catchy music thanks to Michael Haas and Darrell Spice, Jr. Nathan Strum created gorgeous artwork for the game featured on the label, manual, box, and the included 10" x 14" poster. Mappy supports the AtariVox for saving high scores, and takes advantage of our advanced Melody board to push the Atari 2600 to its limits.

Game Options

  • Novice, Standard, Advanced Skill Levels
  • Set Loot to be in Random or Same positions on each level
  • Built-in Pause Feature
  • Features music from the Arcade Classic!
  • Includes Bonus Rounds
  • High-Score Tables stored in AtariVox or SaveKey (if present)

Mappy Poster

Nathan Strum's beautiful artwork for Mappy is featured on a 10" x 14" poster and including free with the game!

Mappy Poster

AtariVox Support

If you have an AtariVox or SaveKey plugged into joystick port 2, up to five high scores are saved for each skill level. The current skill level and last initials are also saved. To reset all scores on the AtariVox/Savekey for Mappy, press and hold RESET while powering on the game.

MelodyAdditional Information

Mappy is a Melody-enhanced game that takes full advantage of the CDF mode in the Melody. Mappy includes game cartridge, beautifully illustrated 12-page manual, professionally printed box, and a 10" x 14" poster featuring the Mappy box artwork! Available in NTSC and PAL60 television formats--please select above. If you do not select an option, you will receive an NTSC cartridge by default.

Number of Players 1
Controller Joystick
Cartridge Size 32K CDF
Code and Design John W. Champeau
Music and Sound Effects Mike Haas
Music driver Darrell Spice, Jr.
Code optimization Thomas Jentzsch
Label, Box and Manual Design Nathan Strum
Manual Text Nathan Strum

mvo on 11/09/2018 07:48pm
I have been a Mappy fan since I was 10. This port is AMAZING! Great graphics, great music, and great gameplay. Highly addictive.
Utilikey on 11/05/2018 01:46pm
I picked up Mappy at the PRGE this year after playing the demo. What a fantastic looking game that puts gaming on the 2600 in a new light. Great graphical and audio work which makes the game enjoyable to play over and over. This is why we love the 2600. The arcade feel has been recreated, and the desire to keep hitting game reset is there. No doubt that this is a winner.

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