Rockin' Kats, released in Japan as N.Y. Nyankies is a platform video game produced by Atlus Software Inc. in 1991 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The side-scrolling game involves the adventures of a cartoon cat in his quest to defeat a criminal gang of dogs that has taken over the city. The player takes control of Willy, a rising young jazz cat in New York City who goes by the stage name of 'The Rockin' Kat.' However, the local crime boss, Mugsy, kidnaps Willy's girlfriend, Jill. To rescue Jill and defeat the gangster, Willy must venture through seven different levels or 'channels' (from a television set) that feature various themes, thugs and bosses.
Willy is armed with a punch gun, that he can launch at the various thugs, or to hook onto and swing from. Willy can also use the punch gun to grab and throw certain objects. Mastering the punch gun is critical to the player's success in the game.
There are a total of five stages. The first four stages can be played in any order and are selected at the start of the game as 'channels' on a TV monitor. The fifth and final stage or 'channel' becomes available only after the other four have been beaten. The levels include a carnival, a flight atop a moving plane, and a park. There's also a 'shopping channel', where the player can buy power-ups with cash obtained through the game, and a 'bonus channel' where minigames can be played for additional cash and extra lives. A password feature is available that helps the player keep track of their progress.
After the final credits roll, the player is given a chance to play an additional 'secret' stage. In it, the player character is stripped of all the money and power-ups acquired, is only given three lives (without a chance to get more) and the stage's levels are vastly more challenging than any of those seen previously in the game and requires complete mastery of the punching gun's functions. In addition to that, the character's health is not replenished after completing a level as it is in the other stages.
You can control this game easily by using the keyboard of your PC (see the table next to the game). However, for maximum gaming enjoyment, we strongly recommend using a USB gamepad that you simply plug into the USB port of your computer. If you do not have a gamepad, buy a suitable USB controller in Amazon or in some of your favorite online stores.
Available online emulators:
4 different online emulators are available for Rockin’ Kats. These emulators differ not only in the technology they use to emulate old games, but also in support of various game controllers, multiplayer mode, mobile phone touchscreen, emulation speed, absence or presence of embedded ads and in many other parameters. For
maximum gaming enjoyment, it's important to choose the right emulator, because on each PC and in different Internet browsers, the individual emulators behave differently. The basic
features of each emulator available for this game Rockin’ Kats are summarized in the following table: