Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy is a side scrolling arcade platform game developed by SNK for the Neo Geo in 1994. It was also released on the Neo Geo CD, and the Wii Virtual Console. The game has seen re-release as part of SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1, on May 1, 2008.
The player, as Roddy (Player 2 plays as Cathy), must navigate through the stages, collecting items, killing enemies, and defeating a boss at the end of each area. The characters can also execute special moves, done by moving the joystick in certain directions and pressing the attack button, similar to Street Fighter and King of Fighters fame.
The game is split into four worlds: Forest, Ice, Wind, and Fire. Depending on what stage is picked first, the layout of the stage will change. For example, if the player picks the Ice world before the Forest world, the Forest world's beginning layout will be different. After completing all 4 worlds, the player is taken to the final stage, where they must rematch with the four bosses and battle the game's antagonist, Captain Klapton.
The galaxy's top bounty hunters Roddy and Cathy are sent to put a stop to a colony of Galactic Pirates called the Klaptons who threaten and plunder the cosmos. Four high members of the colony have taken control of four elemental planets. Big rewards are offered for the captures of Sly, Misty, Mr. Bigman and Dr. Burn. The top hunters battle their forces and destroy the bosses' war machines but they all get away. In the Last Hunt, Roddy and Cathy will have to battle in Captain Klapton's Mothership, defeat the four bosses again and take care of the captain once and for all.
This game was one of the few Neogeo Games to be dubbed "100 Megashock" due to game's fluid, crisp 3-d esqe graphics. This was also referred as to a precursor to Metal Slug because of the use of the robotic vehicles, which are very similar to the Metal Slugs. The Neogeo CD version has a higher quality soundtrack than the AES version (Similar to that of MIDIs). Although the CD version of Top Hunter Had long load times, the game itself had an awesome Barrage of Musical enhancement aside from the AES release's "MIDI format."