DescriptionTV-spin-off derived from the title sequence of the Central ITV series 'Magic Micro Mission' broadcast in six UK regions in 1983 and 1984.
The first part is a simple cockpit-based shooter, with flying saucers zooming past on elliptical paths from bottom left to bottom right or vice versa. You aim to position cross-hair sights with the joystick to shoot these down as they go by.
The second stage is a maze game similar to Pacman but set on a colourful circuit-board grid, with three 'chip' sprites moving freely around the maze and resistors moving up and down in four columns of the grid. You control a robot which must wipe up patches of 'oil' regularly distributed across the screen while avoiding the other moving components.
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DevelopmentThese derivative sub-games were two of four parts used in the title sequence of the TV series. The others were omitted because of RAM, tape and disc limitations.
- The Atari 810 disk version does feature the show intro animation, a pastiche of the Central ITV logo with a space shuttle sprite flying round it as POKEY played a passable four-part rendition of the station's theme tune.
- The C64 version was ported in-house by Quicksilva, with simpler sound and lacking the transition graphics and most of the colours (generated by Display List Interrupts) on the Atari.
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