Impossible Mission
Impossible Mission by Epyx


Ever wondered why there is no map for Impossible Mission?

Simple. The game was programmed to generate your starting position, the rooms, robots and placement of the puzzle pieces at the beginning of each game, using about 8-10 set patterns. Pure genius! So its virtually impossible (no pun intended!) to map the game. However, although the rooms and puzzle pieces may be in different places, the actual room design and contents are the same. This walkthrough covers the 31 different rooms that feature in the game, with step by step instructions on how to best tackle each room.

To move around Evil Elvin's complex, you will need to use the corridors and elevators, which are connected to the rooms. In the rooms you can access lift platforms to move to a level, so you can search any furnishings in the room, e.g. drink machines, chairs and typewriters. The elevator or corridor is also the only place you can call headquarters for help and access your pocket computer. You will need to do this at some stage, to try and solve the puzzle. There are nine parts to the puzzle, which each contain 4 jigsaw pieces. When you have obtained the 36 pieces, you can attempt to crack each part, by putting the jigsaw pieces together. Once all parts are completed, you will end up with 9 letters which spell a word, which is randomly selected from about 8 different 9 letter words, one of which is the word SWORDFISH. This is the password required to enter the blue rectangle door in one of the rooms to confront and destroy Elvin. Now, you did remember to keep a note of where that room was, didn't you?

Impossible Mission
Impossible Mission by Epyx


Impossible Mission
Impossible Mission by Epyx


In each room is a computer terminal which you can use to help you successfully sweep a room. During your room search for the puzzle pieces, you will also come across some SNOOZE and LIFT passwords. These passwords can be used by accessing the computer terminal to reset the yellow lifts or send the robots to sleep. This can be very useful for rooms which contain a lot of objects to search and any agressive robots. However, you will need to use these passwords sparingly, because there is not a lot of them available, and as you progress, you will come across some increasingly difficult rooms, that almost certainly, will require one of these passwords to complete. The SNOOZE password will only temporarily disable the robots, so don't waste any time, move as quickly as possible around the room, search the most awkward objects first.

In its day this was one of the most difficult C64 games released, with the advent of the C64 emulator, this game can now be completed, by anybody. Using the QuickLoad and QuickSave freeze feature of CCS64, it should be relatively easy to complete. It will still take time and effort, but its worth it, to see the puzzle solved and the final end sequence with Elvin Atombender! This is a terrific game, that has aged extremely well, and in recent times, updated versions have appeared on other computer or console machines. It also has one of the best uses of software speech synthesis by the company Electronic Speech Systems (ESS), with the possible exception of the game Ghostbusters. Enjoy!