Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
MACHINE: GAME GEAR
SUPPLIER: CONSOLE CONCEPTS
Mappy, a new Game Gear cart from Namcot, is a sort of mouse character wearing a police uniform after fiendish thieves, who all looK like cats.
Each level is set In the form of a simple ladder system. You must control Mappy by moving him along each of the sections of every level collecting loot and accruing points as he does so. To reach each level he doesn't jump, as would normally be the case in a game like this. Instead, when he falls off the end of a platform he bounces on a convenient trampoline which springs him high Into the air.
Using this method Mappy can move, simply by touching the controller left or right during flight, to any of the levels Mappy flies past. Then he's off again, collecting more objects.
In the meantime the crooked cats are in pursuit. If they catch Mappy you lose a life. Unfortunately, you can't bop them with any weapon to get rid of them. However, you do have the power to open and close doors as you move through each platform. Closing a door on a crook knocks him cold and sends him in the other direction. Dropping selected objects onto trampolining crooks does the same.
Mappy does not include the essential gameplay that simple games require. Graphics are basic but cute, the sound similarly so. Mappy may hold a short term interest, but becomes boring quite quickly.