Space Mission (Dragon 32 Cassette 50 Game 3 – 1983 & 1984 versions)

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There’s a 1983 an a 1984 version of this game, and they’re a vastly different. The 1983 version – well, it’s just shit. Plus ça change.
But the 1984 version – well, I can’t think of many multi-screen Cassette 50 games on any of the formats. So it gets bonus points or that, and for its big colourful graphics. It’s still shit, mind you.

See the Amstrad version of Space Mission
See the Atari 8-bit version of Space Mission
See the Acorn Electron version of Space Mission
See the ZX Spectrum version of Space Mission
See the Commodore 64 version of Space Mission
See the ZX81 version of Space Mission

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Space Mission (Atari 8-bit Cassette 50 Game 3)

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Hot tip – if you know you’re on a planet that may explode, don’t wait until the last minute to refuel your ship to leave.

See the Amstrad version of Space Mission
See the Dragon 32 version of Space Mission
See the Acorn Electron version of Space Mission
See the ZX Spectrum version of Space Mission
See the Commodore 64 version of Space Mission
See the ZX81 version of Space Mission

Space Mission (Amstrad Cassette 50 Game 43)

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I don’t know about you, but I want a space mission to go ahead without the possibility of crashing into two of my mates. Simple health and safety, I would have thought. Sadly, those rules don’t apply for this particular space mission.


See the Acorn Electron version of Space Mission
See the Dragon 32 version of Space Mission
See the Atari 8-bit version of Space Mission
See the ZX Spectrum version of Space Mission
See the Commodore 64 version of Space Mission
See the ZX81 version of Space Mission

Space Mission (ZX Spectrum Cassette 50 Game 50)

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And so we reach the end of yet another Cassette 50. And I ask the question I’ve asked so many times before – is there an amazing game to send us on our way?

And the answer, as usual, is no. No there isn’t. It’s shit.

See the Amstrad version of Space Mission
See the Commodore 64 version of Space Mission
See the Dragon 32 version of Space Mission
See the Atari 8-bit version of Space Mission
See the Acorn Electron & BBC Micro version of Space Mission
See the ZX81 version of Space Mission

Space Mission (Commodore 64 Cassette 50 Game 3)

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I may be being a tad unfair on this game, as I was a big fan of text adventures as a kid. If anyone does want a proper gameplay video if this one please let me know!

See the Amstrad version of Space Mission
See the Atari 8-bit version of Space Mission
See the Dragon 32 version of Space Mission
See the Acorn Electron version
See the ZX Spectrum version
See the ZX81 version

Space Mission (ZX81 Cassette 50 Game 3)

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What is going on here? I have absolutely no idea. No matter what key I pressed the effect seemed to be the same. I am assuming that some aliens are coming towards me and that I have been ordered to destroy them because my boss is a xenophobic arse face.

But that is purely conjecture.

See the Amstrad version of Space Mission
See the Atari 8-bit version of Space Mission
See the Dragon 32 version of Space Mission
See the Acorn Electron version of Space Mission
See the ZX Spectrum version of Space Mission
See the Commodore 64 version of Space Mission

Space Mission (Acorn Electron Cassette 50 Game 3)

This is more like it. This is the graphical style that I will always associate with Cassette 50. This one is simple. Press the Space Bar when you think your rocket (that red thing sitting on the blue bar) has enough fuel. If it does then you fly a…

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This is more like it. This is the graphical style that I will always associate with Cassette 50.

This one is simple. Press the Space Bar when you think your rocket (that red thing sitting on the blue bar) has enough fuel. If it does then you fly away safe. Hooray.

If it doesn’t the screen fills with evil green stuff. Arrrrrggghghghghhhh. This is supposed to be an explosion, I think.

Apparently if you get off the top of the screen you “survive for another mission”. Another mission where you get to do the same thing. I think I’d be looking for a new job after the first time I narrowly escaped from an exploding planet, thank you very much.

Look how much fun this game is. Look!

See the Amstrad version of Space Mission
See the Atari 8-bit version of Space Mission
See the Dragon 32 version of Space Mission
See the ZX81 version of Space Mission
See the ZX Spectrum version of Space Mission
See the Commodore 64 version of Space Mission