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Destroy him my robots!
Impossible Mission (DS)
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Impossible Mission (DS)
Advantages: Easy to master, good platform game, cheap
Disadvantages: None, if you get it cheap. It is a basic platform so simple graphics and sound
I originally played this on the commodore 64 and it was a really good game, easy to play and addictive. So when I spotted it was available for the DS I had to give it a try.
The DS version has 3 games in one, however they are all the same game just different graphics, they include the original C64 version, and a new modern updated version and then you can have a combination of the two. All three play exactly the same way. You are not going to be blown away by the game play or graphics although the game does have good detail for the small screen of the DS.
This basic platform game consists of a random set up of 32 rooms, each time you play the game they are in a different set up; the rooms are connected by lifts. Controls are simple you can run or jump (somersault).
In each room are a series of platforms and lifts with robots scattered around, some of the robots stay put and just fire repetitive lasers, others move about. You avoid the robots by timing your jumps and planning the route through the room. In the room are a number of items of furniture and its your job as an agent to search the item to locate puzzle pieces. Not all have puzzle pieces so you have to search everything even the bin. Searching is easy you just push forward on the item and depending on the item size depends on the time it take to search, and sometimes you have to do this before the robots approach you.
Touching the robots kills you but you don't have a set number of lives, the game has a time limit of 6hrs and everytime you get killed your time drops 10minutes. You have to cover all 32 rooms and find 36 puzzle pieces within the time in order to stop the bomb. But finding the puzzle pieces is not enough you also have to arrange them in order this is easy as you use the stylus on the DS. All in all this makes addictive gameplay.
The rooms themselves do have computers and often you will find lift re-sets or codes for deactivating the robots - although this only lasts a few seconds. But both come in useful. The game itself I find is easier on the DS purely because you can save the game at any time meaning you can go back to previous save points if you die to many times in a room and loose loads of time.
The main game is in the top screen and the bottom touch screen shows a map of the rooms and lifts so you can see what rooms you've visited. The touch screen is also used to access the menu options, and move the puzzle pieces to match them up - which is a lot easier than using a joystick!
Is it any good? - Well it wouldn't win any awards on the graphics front, and doesn't push any boundaries with the DS but its quite addictive. Do I recommend it? Yes if you liked the original commodore version or want an addictive platform game. It's not a game that will take days of playing, if you can pick it up cheap like I did £6 on eBay then you can't go wrong. I believe it is available at around £8 at other online stores.
Summary: Re-live the C64 classic
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