Impossible Mission 2025

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Impossible Mission 2025
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Developer(s) MicroProse
Publisher(s) MicroProse
Platform(s) Commodore Amiga 500, 600, 1200, 4000, Amiga CD32
Release date(s) 1994
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single player
Distribution Floppy disk

Impossible Mission 2025 is a side scrolling platform and action game for the Amiga computer system. It was released by MicroProse in 1994 as two different versions. One for the Amiga 500 and 600 systems, and a version for the AGA enhanced Amiga 1200, 4000 and CD32 systems. A third version was developed for the Super NES and Sega Genesis, but never released.

Characters[edit]

The player can take control of either the female Tasha, male Felix Fly, or robot RAM 2. Each have different strengths and weaknesses.

  • Tasha: Tasha, full name Natassia Tambor, graduated from the Moscow Republic University in 2023. She was the youngest woman to receive a PhD in Applied Cybernetics. Tasha decided not to become a scientist and instead chose to follow a career of gymnastics, an obsessive love of hers. Tasha is a 100% organic contender in the 21st century sport of Augmented Gymnastics, a sport where people transform themselves into ugly, part human, part machine athletes and then perform in front of millions of viewers on TV.
  • RAM 2: RAM 2 is one of the SORIU series of robots that were designed and built for the Pacific Alliance by Elvin Enterprises. He is made of an alloy that can shift between solid and liquid states. The SORIU series of robots remain the backbone of the Alliance's Automated Defence Force (ADF). RAM 2 is one of only 2 RAM (Recon and Mediation) units ever constructed. After RAM 1 was destroyed by Elvin, RAM 2 decided to seek vengeance against the evil man.
  • Felix Fly: Felix graduated top of his class at the Pacific Alliance Military Academy and moved onto a short but glorious career with the Nova Tigers: The 8th Squadron, Orbital Marine Corps. He became a national hero and retired after being nearly killed in the Algarski Conflict.

The player can choose to play as any of the three characters.

Development[edit]

Producer Stuart Whyte explained the motivation behind Impossible Mission 2025:

We looked at "classic" games that were due for a remake for console. At the time there had been some successful reboots and we were big fans of the original Impossible Mission. The original game was iconic and, for its time, technically cutting-edge. From memory it was relatively easy to acquire the license - the harder task, which ultimately proved impossible, was tracking down the original source and assets, as we wanted, from the off, to include the original game.[1]

The source code for Mission Impossible had been lost in an earthquake, so programmers Tim Cannell and Paul Dunning had to hack the Commodore 64 version of the game and retrieve its assets so that the game could be included in Impossible Mission 2025.[1] For the new game, lead designer Scott Johnson recalled, "We really wanted to have scrolling included but still retain the essence of the original gameplay. What I really wanted to keep was the awesome animation from the originals. We ended up building the characters as 3D meshes in 3DS and rendering the animation out as bitmaps."[1]

The appearance of Elvin Atombender was difficult to pull off, according to artist Drew Northcott. To get a visual image of the powersuit's "mix of encumbrance and empowerment", Northcott taped bricks to his bike boots and mic stands to his arms, then stomped around an empty office while art director Andy Cook videotaped him.[1]

The game was originally developed for the SNES and Sega Genesis, with the Amiga versions to follow after.[1] The SNES version was announced in 1994,[2] but neither it nor the Sega Genesis version were released. Whyte explained, "...Microprose had gotten way late into the console space and were trying to catch up, and the 16-bit consoles were reaching the end of their lifespan. Ordering large quantities of cartridges from Japan was a risky thing, and due to this there were fewer releases than we'd hoped."[1] A review was published in the August 1994 issue (Volume 63) of Nintendo Power, which claimed the Super NES version would've featured more sophisticated graphics and smoother play control than the prior versions.[3]

Technical information[edit]

There are three versions of Impossible Mission 2025, a standard version for the Amiga 500 and Amiga 600, and an enhanced version for the Amiga 1200 and Amiga 4000 systems. The versions required 1 and 2MB of RAM respectively. The game is hard disk installable. There is manual copy protection which involves the user being required to type the number from the bottom of a specific page. The game also comes with a built in system which will make fair use backups for the user. CD32 version got additional intro and ending animation.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Bevan, Mike (December 2013). "The History of... Impossible Mission". Retro Gamer (122) (Imagine Publishing). pp. 44–49. 
  2. ^ "Pak Watch". Nintendo Power (Volume 58): p. 110. March 1994. 
  3. ^ "Now Playing". Nintendo Power (Volume 63): p. 70–71. August 1994. 

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