Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy
Developer(s)SNK, D4 Enterprise (Wii Virtual Console), Hamster Corporation (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)
Publisher(s)SNK, D4 Enterprise, Hamster Corporation
Release dateArcade
JP June 24, 1994
Neo Geo
INT June 24, 1994
Neo Geo CD
JP 1994
PAL 1995
Wii Virtual Console
JP November 20, 2007
NA December 31, 2007
AUS December 14, 2007
PlayStation 4
AS December 7, 2017
EU January 5, 2018
NA January 8, 2018
Xbox One & Nintendo Switch
WW December 7, 2017
Game modesSingle-Player, Two-Player
Platform(s)Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Wii Virtual Console, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy is a side scrolling arcade platform game.


The game is set in a futuristic setting where intergalactic space traveling is a popular innovation for people on Earth. The two protagonists are space bounty hunters who hunt pirates and gangs between two different planets, Earth and Aster. They must stop a group of space pirates called the Klaptons from plundering taking over the cosmos.


Top Hunter is a sidescrolling action game. Player 1 controls Roddy and Players 2 controls Cathy, who can jump, punch enemies, extend their limbs to grab enemies or pull chains, and perform a variety of special moves with joystick motions, in a manner similar to most fighting games. The player can also throw objects, use guns, or hijack large bipedal walkers during the levels. Each levels end with a boss that must be defeated to complete the stage.

Similar to Fatal Fury , Top Hunter features a plane-jumping system: the game field is divided in two lanes between the background and foreground, which the player can jump between at any time to attack enemies or avoid traps. The two fields are not always at the same elevation and one of them may be blocked off at certain points.

At the beginning of the game , the player can choose between four different world (Forest, Wind, Ice, and Fire). After all of the initial worlds are completed, the game moves to the final stage on Captain Klapton's battleship.

Version differencesEdit

The Japanese version has five secret endings unlocked by finishing off one of the boss in the final stage's boss rush with a specific special move, followed by defeating Klapton with a special move too. A fifth "special" ending is unlocked by defeating all five bosses in this manner. This was removed from the western versions.

The four starting planets have three levels each. In MVS mode, the player plays through two stages of each world; the first planet selected will have the first stage, then the third, and every subsequent planet will have the player play through the second stage, then the third. On the AES and CD versions, the player through all three levels of each planet.

Like many games on the system, the Neo Geo CD version features a rearranged redbook audio soundtrack.


Klapton ForcesEdit

  • Grunt
  • Brute
  • Thug
  • Guarder
  • Snow Gorilla
  • Armadillo
  • Neaderthal


  • Sly (Boss of the Forest Planet)
  • Misty (Boss of the Ice Planet)
  • Mr. Bigman (Boss of the Wind Planet)
  • Dr. Burn (Boss of the Fire Planet)
  • Captain Klapton (Final Boss)

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