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Mission Impossible is a 1990 video game made by Konami for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was based on the revival of the 1988-90 Mission Impossible television series. You play as Grant, Nicholas and Max, who all have unique abilities and weapons. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save a scientist and Shannon Reed from the Sinister 7.

Tropes pertaining to the 1990 game:

  • Anti-Frustration Features: For a game this difficult, it was nice to have infinite continues. You also regain any IMF agents that were downed after completing a level.
  • Balance, Power, Skill, Gimmick: Every IMF Agent has their own balance: Max is the slowest but is the only one with explosives and a ranged weapon. Grant can only melee opponents, but he is the fastest and can use sleeping gas to stun enemies. Nicholas has a boomerang, has average movement speed and can disguise himself as the enemy, allowing him to sneak past foes undetected. He is also the only character that doesn't have an explosive.
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  • Battle Boomerang: Nicholas' weapon of choice, a spammable boomerang with decent that can hit enemies from a distance. It can be used to avoid attention from other enemies or hit them behind an object to avoid losing health.
  • Distressed Dude: One of the people you have to save in the game is a top scientist.
  • Down the Drain: The first level has underground sewers where you have to find the correct way through.
  • First Aid Kit: Use these to restore any lost health. You will need it for the later levels.
  • Mighty Glacier: While Max is the only one with a powerful assault rifle and a damaging explosive, he moves the slowest to balance him out.
  • Nintendo Hard: It is by far one of the hardest NES games out there. You have three chances per level to complete it, enemies deal quite a bit of damage and there's a lack of mercy invincibility. There's also the One-Hit Kill traps and obstacles in the levels too that add to the game's challenge. Moreover, passwords don't save your overall progress in the level, so you have to beat that level in one sitting.
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  • Obstacle Ski Course: The fifth level takes place in the Swiss Alps, where you chase the enemy down the mountains in a frantic ski chase.
  • One-Hit Kill: Several hazards will kill the player outright, regardless of how much life they had. The car in the first level, crashing into solid ground in the second level, and so forth.
  • Password Save: Passwords can be used to continue from the start of the respective level.
  • Sticky Bomb: Max's explosives work like this. It's a bomb that can be used as crowd control.
  • Super Drowning Skills: In the first and sixth levels, the water will instantly kill the player.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Don't even try killing or attacking the civilians in the first level because you will be arrested and lose a character for that continue.
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