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Silversoft Ltd
Jeremy Brown
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 16K

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Mission Impossible is a Lander type game, where you must guide your shuttle craft down from the mother ship to the planet surface below and rescue stranded miners from the colony, and then return them to the mothership. The title describes the game very well and only seasoned arcade players with lightning reflexes should apply for the pilot's job!

There are three landing pads on the planet and you must touch down accurately using your retro rockets to slow - a fast landing can kill. Four layers of moving asteroids must be avoided on the way down. Having collected a miner the return trip is even more fraught, for the sky has now filled up with enemy alien craft. The retro-rocket can be used as a laser to blast them away before the tricky docking manoeuvre with the mothership. Should you get through a few screens another hazard is introduced, a force field through which you must find your way.


'The setting up menu is excellent and all the various characters making up the instructions seem to turn inwards and fade as the game starts. This is a very hard game to master and needs quick reactions. Addictive.'

'The new Silversoft programs seems very user-friendly, with plenty of joystick options and good keyboard control - the games are all very user-cruel, bur that's lust as it should be! They call this one Mission Impossible, and so it is, but it's worth mastering. Nice graphics and very playable.'

'The lander type game isn't new, but this is a very good version with its own little touches which help to make it enjoyable to play. Once you get the hang the first few screens are merely difficult - then it really gets tough! Takes time to get good at it.'

Keyboard positions: Z/X left/right, SPACE retro/fire
Joystick options: Kempston, AGF or Protek
Keyboard play: responsive
Use of colour: good
Graphics: good
Sound: average
Skill levels: up to you, but 3 speeds
Lives: 3
Screens: over 50

General Rating: Good and addictive, recommended.


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safely down and only another hundred men to rescue - it looks like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.