Mappy - Atari 2600



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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, 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.

Get a Mappy Box!

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If you'd like a boxed copy of Mappy, please select "Box Upgrade: Yes" at the top of the page before adding Mappy to your cart. Our boxes are professionally printed and include a box insert to hold your Mappy cartridge in place. We want you to play our games, so we have not sealed or shrinkwrapped the boxes in any way, allowing you easy access to the game cartridge and manual.

These boxes are the same size as boxes Atari produced for their games "back in the day". They look great sitting on a shelf with your other boxed homebrew games, or alongside games from the classic Atari 2600 library. We only have a limited number of boxes for each game, and there is no guarantee they will become available again once our supplies are exhausted. Click on the images to the right to see larger photos of the box.

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

Paul Zavitz on 09/10/2022 05:17pm
Well .Champ Games certainly hit this one out of the ball park. Mappy on the Atari 2600 exceeded my expectations, and now has just sparked my interest in home brews.
SeanB on 10/03/2020 03:21am
Champ Games does it again with a bang-on adaption of the arcade game. The graphics look incredible and are so detailed.

For the uninitiated, you do not want to stay in one place for very long or you'll lose lives quickly.

Once you learn the game mechanics, it's a challenging game with many levels that kept me coming back for more. Easily earns the 5 starts I'm giving it.
M. Rosen on 09/19/2020 10:00pm
Great port of the classic arcade game. The controls are great, the graphics are incredible, and the music is superb. Beware though, I've had some minor graphical glitches when played on the Atari 7800 that occur on the title screen and screens between stages.
Lee Kebler on 07/20/2020 05:28pm
Everything about this game is 100% perfection. The game play is a spot on port of the arcade, the box, manual, and poster are amazing. the music, the graphics, the bonus rounds. Champ games continues to prove that we don't fully understand the limits of this decades old hardware.
William Kendrick on 06/08/2020 10:26pm
It's always amazing when the 2600 gets games like these; things we haven't even seen yet on the 8-bits or 5200. My only experience with Mappy was from a NAMCO Museum disc for the PlayStation, but it's a lot of fun, and this 2600 port does the arcade game justice!
8th lutz on 12/30/2019 04:56pm
Mappy is one of my favorite arcade games.

Champ games did a great arcade conversion with Mappy.

You can not do any better with an arcade port of Mappy for the 2600 in terms of graphics, sound, and gameplay.
root42 on 12/23/2019 07:34am
This is hands down my favorite game on the Atari 2600. I've had it now for roughly half a year and pick it up at least once a week. My highscore is somewhere a bit more than 100k, but I always come back to try for more. The difficulty progression is nice, and even as a newbie you can play for a while without getting frustrated. I am an absolute casual gamer, so this is very nice for me, since I don't have a lot of time for practicing new games. The presentation is flawless, nice sprites, great controls, and a catchy soundtrack. The game comes in a nice package as well, and it's absolutely professionally published.
Mark Foster on 05/10/2019 08:26pm
Holy GUACAMOLE! This one is astonishing in every way! I'm amazed at all the characters this game can throw around all at once. The later levels get insane and frantic! It's a blast. A 2600 game that is on the level of the actual arcade and better than the plug and play versions at capturing the right feel in gameplay.

This one gets my MUST BUY recommendation.
Mark Hinds on 03/08/2019 01:37am
I haven't owned this game long but have already devoted hours and hours to playing it. Giving this game less that the maximum of 5 stars is unthinkable.

This is one of the best games ever released for the 2600. Quite frankly this game would have bowled me over if it had been released on the 7800, but the 2600? An amazing feat of programming and technical wizardry. The graphics and sound are excellent.

I have to admit that I've never played a "Mappy" game before, so when Atari Age began offering it I did a search of "Mappy" videos on Youtube. This game has been ported to so many systems, yet this version holds its own every step of the way. Graphics. Sound (including incredible music). Play-ability. All are outstanding!

What about the packaging I don't hear you ask. Well, I'll tell you anyway. The artwork on the box, label, and poster are excellent. Add to to all this AtariVox support and Melody-board enhancement, and what you've got is another winner from Champ Games.
save2600 on 01/28/2019 08:56pm
What more can be said about this incredible port for the venerable VCS? Need to see, hear and play it for yourself to be believed. Such attention to detail and care all around. Especially love the character animations and the music - WoW! Absolutely stunning. Champ's games just keep getting better and better.
Philsan on 12/30/2018 02:39pm
Awesome game, incredible graphics, top notch package. AtariVox/SaveKey high-score saving feature is very addctive. My daughter and I keep playing to improve records.
Andreas W. on 12/27/2018 01:34pm
Very good game !!! Superb playability, great looking graphics (especially all those sprites), good sounds. What else should i say.
Gray Defender on 12/26/2018 10:41am
Mappy for the Atari 2600 is an amazing technological achievement that nobody would have even thought possible, especially back in the day. Champ games has done it again achieving yet another terrific release. As with all their other releases, Mappy exhibits great attention to detail and arcade accuracy. It plays and feels strikingly like the arcade version. Prior to this port I was not really a fan of Mappy. I don't think I really understood what it was all about. Now I can say with confidence, I am a huge fan of Mappy.

This games 32K cartridge uses a technology called DPC , which is sort of an extension of a special chip that was used to create Pitfall II. It is described on Atariage as a

"Melody-enhanced game that takes full advantage of the CDF mode in the Melody".

I am impressed with all the attention to detail that was placed into Mappy. The title screen colors match the arcade, the character sprites are all animated, there is an attract mode, the fact that there is a high score table for each difficulty, the amazing sound sampling, the bonus rounds, arcade accuracy, impressive packaging, all add up to what I believe is the best Atari 2600 homebrew released in 2018!

Highly recommended.

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John Delaney on 12/25/2018 10:59am
I treated myself to this cartridge for Christmas and quite honestly it is one of the best arcade translations ever produced for the 2600. This is a "must purchase" for anyone who is a fan of the game or if you're just curious how far the 2600 can be pushed in the modern era.
Ryan Witmer on 12/22/2018 05:26pm
This game deserves five stars on the technical merits alone, but it's also an outstanding conversion of one of my favorite old arcade games.

Everything from the arcade game is here. All the music, sound effects, bonus rounds, little cut-scenes. all of it.

I don't buy much 2600 homebrew, as I'm more of a 5200 guy, but this would even be impressive as a 5200 game. My one complaint with the game is that the way that scrolling is implemented causes a lot of "blind" situations that don't exist in the arcade game, but that's a very minor issue with what is a truly fantastic port.
boxpressed on 12/21/2018 12:22pm
The highest-quality presentation of any homebrew I own. Beautiful glossy box, manual, poster, and cart labels.

The game itself is phenomenal and shows off the 2600 in the best possible way.
ColecoChris on 12/17/2018 09:25pm
Just got my Mappy delivered, and boy does this game DELIVER! From the professional box & manual to the almost 100% arcade accurate game play, this is the Atari 2600 at its best. Better than 90% of the games released BITD. Champ Games has another winner on their hands!
Andy on 12/17/2018 06:07pm
All I need to know is what sort of witchcraft ritual was utilized in order to make the music sound so good on this cart. I had high expectations for this port and they were completely smashed to bits as the game actually turned out far better than I ever could have hoped. I just wish I could give it six stars! Great job by everyone involved!
CrowServo on 12/15/2018 09:51pm
This version of Mappy deserves nothing less than a perfect score. What an excellent translation! The music is there, the sound effects are great, the gameplay is addicting, and the game is perfection!

I'm constantly impressed by what Champ Games does on the 2600, and I will always buy their releases because of the great quality they put into their games!
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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