Mappy is the Retro Game of the Day for 21 April, 2016

From Wikipedia:

Mappy (マッピー Mappī?) is an arcade game by Namco. First introduced in 1983, it was distributed in the United States by Bally/Midway. Mappy is a side-scrolling platform game that features cartoon-like animals, primarily cats and mice. The game’s main character itself is a mouse. Mappy runs on Namco Super Pac-Man hardware, modified to support horizontal scrolling. The name “Mappy” is likely derived from mappo, a Japanese slang term (slightly insulting) for a policeman.

This game was probably not the most well-known classic arcade game along its more famous contemporaries like Pac-Man or Galaga, but it was a favorite of mine, featuring challenging gameplay and some strategy involving getting more points by collecting the items in pairs and herding the cats to the microwave doors to not only remove them temporarily but get more points.  Unfortunately, I’ve always been really bad at the game’s balloon popping bonus rounds for some reason…