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Mappy Mappy - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Mappy - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


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.

Mappy was produced by Namco in 1983.

Namco released 310 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Namco was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Namco during the time period Mappy was produced include: Clay Champ, Pitch In, Batting Chance, Warp & Warp, Tank Battalion, Libble Rabble, Pac & Pal, Pac-Man & Chomp Chomp, Phozon, and Dragon Buster


Name Mappy
Developer Namco (Japan)
Year 1983
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8617
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class Namco Galaga
Game Specific Mappy Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Mappy Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Door
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Mappy Control Panel Image
Side Art Mappy Side Art Image

Game Introduction

The game music appears to be based on ragtime. There are a total of fifteen rounds in the game, after which it wraps back to the first round. The design was created by Namco and licensed to Bally Midway, who built it.

The player controls Mappy, the "Micro Police, 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 Meowsky or "Naughty Folks" and a large red fat cat called Goro or "Boss The Big Bit".

Game Play

Consists of trying to recover a set of stolen goods from a house apparently owned by cats, one of whom is a boss Goro.

Treasures two each / Value points:

  • tape player - 100
  • television - 200
  • computer - 300
  • painting - 400
  • safe - 500

Other sources of points include bouncing on a trampoline 10 points, striking a cat with a door 50 points, 0 points if they hit a door on their own, microwaving cats 200 per cat and multiply by two if you get Goro, retrieving a treasure with Goro behind it 1000 point bonus, striking cats with a bell 300 for Meowsky, 1000 for Goro, and dropping cats through a hole in the floor unknown value.

Strategies for getting the treasures without getting killed and maximizing your points vary. If you retrieve the treasures in pairs, multipliers will increase such that the final treasure, the second safe, will be worth 3000 points. This would give you a potential 8500 points just from treasure recovery. Getting killed resets the multiplier, so this assumes that you take the treasures in order and don't get killed. You might also simply try to microwave as many cats as possible at once, and catch Goro behind every treasure he hides behind.

Use the Door button to open and close doors. Cats are stunned by doors which hit them, but they can open normal doors which they come upon from behind. Only Mappy can open microwave doors. Once used, microwave doors become regular doors. Cats never close doors. Rounds begin and game resumes with all doors closed regardless of their previous state.

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 require noting a difference between rounds three and seven. If you wait too long after the HURRY UP message, a green spinning disc with Goro on it will appear.

Mappy KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.69 (14 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.80

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 3.08
Fun (Solo) 4.08
Collector Desire 3.54

Technical Rating: 3.77

Gameplay 4.08
Graphics 3.77
Originality 4.07
Sound/Music 3.77

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Mappy can sometimes pass through Goro without being killed when Goro leaves a stolen item.

More pictures


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 only released in Japan.

Cats and mice have been in cartoons for as long as anyone can remember. Tom and Jerry, Pixie, Dixie and Jinx, Herman and Katnip, Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse, Krazy Kat and Ignatz and the list goes on and on. So when video game designers brought the cat and mouse theme into video games. First, there was Mouse Trap by Exidy and then there was Mappy by Namco licensed to Bally/Midway.

Cabinet Information

Mappy has an unusually large marquee, measuring 22 inches wide by 16.5 inches tall, mounted on a light box on top of the main cabinet. The side art appears to be adhesive decals.


In the Japanese version Goro is called Nyamco.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Mappy Census

There are 14,827 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,504 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,883 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 161 known instances of this machine owned by Mappy collectors who are active members. Of these, 122 of them are original dedicated machines. 38 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 3 active VAPS members with a Mappy machines for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 17 active VAPS members currently looking for Mappy. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Mappy circuit board set.

This game ranks a 51 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 27 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



The game uses two 6809 microprocessors and a Namco 8-channel PSG for sounds.


  1. Mappy
  2. Hopping Mappy


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 149; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 149; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): upright
  2. 3D Model (External): cocktail

See the game at:

This game is available at the following public arcades, bars or museums:

Name Location State Country Details Check-ins
Bartari 101 Adams Ave, Scranton Pennsylvania United States Arcade Bar (Classic Videogame and Pinball)
Children: Only in daytime
Focus: Classic & Modern Games
Food: Yes
Alcohol: Yes
Payment Method: Coins

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