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Catrap

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy
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4.0
Nintendo 3DS
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4.0
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Description

Catrap is a single screen puzzle game with 100 rounds. You and your sister (or girlfriend?) have somehow been turned into cat-humans and you're are trapped in a castle full of baddies. The gameplay is very similar to Mole Mole, and is best described as a mix between Boulder Dash and Soko-Ban.

The goal is to clear each screen of bad guys, in 100 increasingly difficult rounds. You can punch a bad guy by walking onto it from the left or right. You can't attack from above or below, but you can stand on top of a monster, or underneath a monster. Other elements to make the game more interesting are loose ground which you can stand on or dig through, ladders to climb and boulders you can push around.

You can choose to play each round as a boy or a girl, but this doesn't affect gameplay, only the background music. In some rounds, both the boy and the girl are present at the same time. You can then switch between them with select-button, using both of them in clever ways to solve the rounds. During the game, you can rewind to undo certain moves. You can play the rounds in any order, so you can skip to more difficult ones and solve them at a later time. There is a round editor to create your own puzzles, but these self made rounds can't be saved.

Screenshots

Catrap Game Boy The final round, the hardest of them all
Catrap Game Boy The first round is easy, just walk to the right.
Catrap Game Boy First round solved.
Catrap Game Boy About to punch a badguy.

Alternate Titles

  • "Power Paws" -- Cancelled European release title
  • "Pitman" -- Japanese release

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The Press Says

Nintendo Magazine System UK Game Boy 1993 73 out of 100 73
Power Play Game Boy Aug, 1990 66 out of 100 66

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Trivia

Development

Yutaka Isokawa originally created the game Pitman on an MZ-700 computer, and the BASIC listing was published in 1985 in a magazine called "Oh! MZ publication".

European release

The game was to be released as Power Paws on the European market, but despite it being mentioned in gaming magazines in 1993 it was never officially released.

Related Web Sites

  • Hardcore Gaming 101 (Article about Catrap, its history and legacy on Hardcore Gaming 101 (English))
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