System 3 again delighted video game historians when it today announced the re-launch of the classic Epyx Commodore 64 title, Impossible Mission, with some special enhancements for the Nintendo DS, PlayStationPortable, PlayStation2 and Nintendo Wii.
It's hard to believe that it was twenty-five years since the original release. Impossible Mission was the first game to use real synthesized speech, an incredible development when first unleashed on the 8-bit formats. The original game included a random game-map system which ensured that no two games were the same. Although the original still stands the test of time today, inclusion of brand new graphics and sound ensures that Impossible Mission is primed to thrill a brand new audience.
The gamer takes the role of a secret agent attempting to stop evil genius Professor Elvin Atombender who has been tampering with National Security Computers. Players must penetrate Atombender's base, attempting to recover parts of the system password whilst avoiding deadly robots in a race against time.
Whilst the game has been re-written from the ground up and features new graphics, 3D objects, new Sound Effects and Music the gameplay remains impressively loyal with the game layout changing for every new game. There are now three main characters to choose from plus a brand new tutorial mode. The player can now chose from three game modes, new, original and for the purist; a hybrid mode with the original gameplay using the updated graphics.
The PSP versions offer an unusual feature which allows players to send a full copy of their game to a friend by Wireless so they can try it for themselves.
"We've worked hard to bring Impossible Mission up-to-date whilst keeping the original gameplay that made the game such a hit in the eighties", commented CEO, Mark Cale, "We're particularly pleased with the handheld versions which will ensure this historic game can be enjoyed by a completely new generation of gamers".
Impossible Mission is part of the Epyx back catalogue and will be available Quarter Two.