Retro Let's Play Early Feb 2017: "Impossible Mission" (1984)

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  1. elvis

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    Retro Let's Play Early Feb 2017: Impossible Mission (1984)

    Designed and programmed by Dennis Caswell in 1984, originally published on the Commodore 64 home computer by Epyx, and then to a number of other consoles and computers after that (links below, play whichever version you like, and mention which one you chose in your posts).

    (FAQ on what this is and why we're doing it here)

    Make your way through an underground maze searching for codes to decrypt access to a control room. You have a strict time limit, and time is deducted for player deaths. Dodge killer robots and try not to fall to your death. The biggest challenge of all - puzzle elements are randomly generated, so no two play-throughs are the same!

    Original C64 game manual here:
    https://archive.org/details/Impossible_Mission_1984_Epyx

    More information here:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impossible_Mission
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/impossible-mission

    Ported to (tell us which one you played in your posts):
    Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 7800, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Acorn Electron, PC-88, Sharp X1, SEGA Master System, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, ZX Spectrum, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita

    Play it in your browser for free:

    Sega Master System: https://archive.org/details/segasms_Impossible_Mission_1986_Epyx_-_U.S._Gold
    Apple II: https://archive.org/details/a2_asimov_impossible_mission
    ZX Spectrum: https://archive.org/details/zx_Impossible_Mission_1985_U.S._Gold


    Abandonware download here (Commodore 64 tape/disk image, you need to find hardware/emulators to play, which we'll hopefully put in the FAQ thread soon):
    http://c64g.com/games/c64/impossible-mission

    Buy it here:
    (These all appear to be based off the same PS2 port, which includes "Classic Mode" which appears to be a legally licensed/emulated version of the C64 original)
    Playstation 3 (PS2 Classic) AU$7.55: https://store.playstation.com/#!/en...sion/cid=EP4037-NPED00172_00-GIMPOSSIBL000001
    PS3/PSP/PSVita AU$5.95: https://store.playstation.com/#!/en...sion/cid=EP4037-NPEZ00173_00-IMPOSSIBLEMIS103
    Playstation Portable AU$7.55: https://store.playstation.com/#!/en...-psp/cid=EP4037-ULES00764_00-GPCIMPOSSI000001

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    Box art:

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    can anyone comment on the PS3 version?
     
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    Appears to be the PS2 version via the "PS2 Classics" scheme. Looks to be identical to the PSP, PS-Vita, and Wii versions, and also very similar to the NintendoDS version. All appear to have "Classic Mode", which appears to be the C64 version.

    I have the Wii version at home, which I'll try and boot up over the weekend.

    Video here comparing all the versions (PSP version starts at 1:05).

     
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    Because I want to experience the game I played "back in the day" (the late 80's fuckers - that's when that is!) I think I might try to get an Atari 8-bit version running.

    Now I need to get a converter of some kind to get a classic joystick running under windoze (maybe I can find a USB converter for my Tac-2).
     
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    Pasting a link here, because googling "bliss box" sent me to a porn site :lol:

    http://skunx7.wixsite.com/bliss-box

    Great product, but that price!
     
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    that is one crazy adapter thingy. eek that price alright.
     
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    Oh what! These guys had a kickstarter, I backed it but it failed - didn't know they went ahead with it anyway (the KS was to gather preorders to make it available for a lower price)
     
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    I'm thinking I'll give it a try on the the old master system, played it on the c64 so would be interested to check out some of the other ports.
     
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    I would very much like to at least get in C64, Master System, and one of these new ports (PS2/Wii/NDS, all of which I have methods of acquiring).
     
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    CCS64 (Commodore 64 emulator) and a Microsoft game pad.

    I found the best tactic was to collect all the pieces first, then solve the puzzles in the lift near the room with the big window thingy. The fluid action of the character running is superb!
     
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    Just bought a used copy on eBay for SMS, should show up in a week or two :thumbup:

    Let's just say the seller is also, under copyright law, transferring any backups they kept of the game to me digitally and then destroying them :tongue:
     
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    Nice one. Fairly certain I have an original SMS cart or two (so many doubles in my collection). Failing that, I have a flash cart for it too.

    This might motivate me to finally RGB and 60Hz mod my Master System.
     
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    Damn, that audio takes me back - the death scream, and "stay a while, stay forever".
     
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    This is a title I've never played, so I'm happy it got voted in. One thing that immediately stood out for me was the background sound effects, which remind me a hell of a lot of my first game titled "Vortex Blaster" for the Sega SC-3000 and SC-3000H, also released in 1984.

    I don't think these sounds could have been borrowed, as the Sega SC-3000 audio hardware was very different to the C64. But they are eerily similar.
     
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    This is awesome! Time to get the C64 fired up...
     
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    Hahaha had the wife give me very strange looks every timed I died (and I died A LOT). That voice sample! :lol:
     
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    Stay a while..
    STAY FOREVER!! (hope I got that right)

    I'd play this to death when I was a kid - had no idea what to do as I didn't have instructions but it was super fun.
     
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    Mission impossible, good call guys. Im playing this on SMS (emu), which I suspect is the most colourful version. SMS handles it well, the only let down is the synth voice which isnt as good as some other versions.


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    [edit] I've uploaded a bunch of shots to MobyGames, which should appear soonish. Please contribute some from your systems, the I.M page is a bit sparse at the moment.

    oops, there was tons of screenshots for this game.
     
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    I'm emulating this at the moment (have a C64, but no way to play this game on it yet). Interesting to see the colour differences between your photos and the emulator.

    Always a subjective thing though, when you're in HSV/YUV colour space.
     

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