Mission X

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Follow this link for info about the review system. 1 = Terrible, 5 = Awesome!

Another decent adaptation of a relatively obscure Data East arcade game.

Mission XGraphics: 5
Sound: 4
Replay Value: 3
Notes: 1-player only; Easter Egg
Screen Shots

Not being familiar with the arcade version of this game, all I can really do here is judge the game on its Intellivision merits. Mission X is a vertical scroller (like Bump 'n' Jump), and has good graphics and sound effects. Similar to the classic Xevious, but set during World War II (1942 I think?), you pilot a fighter/bomber on missions to take out enemy targets.

Unlike B-17 Bomber, Mission X is purely action - you bomb and shoot your targets. Except for the enemy fighters and their missiles, your primary action will be to bomb ships, bridges, tanks, trains, and anti-aircraft batteries. The game has a nice altitude effect, and is visually solid. Ultimately, though, there isn't as much personality or originality to this game as you have in Bump 'n' Jump, nor any other truly stunning properties (like the Lock 'n' Chase sound effects, IMHO). So, while this game rates well for graphics and sound, it's middle-of-the-road in terms of durability.




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, five variations have been found.
Manual Six variants have been identified.
Overlays No variations have been found.
Label To date, five labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs A title screen Easter egg exists.




A total of five Mission X box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Mission X Box (Mattel Electronics 4437-0910) Mattel Electronics 4437-0910 1983 Singapore Possibly initial version—has book-style box; plastic tray
Mission X Box (Mattel Electronics 4437-0210) Mattel Electronics 4437-0210 1982   Origin is not printed on box, but generic copyright info printed on back; opens on bottom flap—not a book-style box; has barcode on back
Mission X Box (Mattel Electronics 4437) Mattel Electronics 4437 1983   French-Canadian; trayless socket; no specific part number visible; no info on top or bottom flaps of box - instead, it's inside the box; the socket for the cartridge is offset to the bottom portion of the interior rather than centered, and is different from the 'trayless pocket'
Mission X Box (Mattel Electronics 4437) Mattel Electronics 4437 1982 Singapore International Edition; plastic tray; no specific part number visible; French copyright info on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; English, German, Italian, Spanish and French text on back of box; image submitted by scoubidou
Mission X Box (Intellivision Inc. 4437-0210) Intellivision Inc. 4437-0210 1983 Singapore Standard Intellivision, Inc. box; bottom flap has full Mattel part number; also has © 1982 Data East USA, Inc. on back




A total of six Mission X manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Mission X Manual (Mattel Electronics 4437-0920) Mattel Electronics 4437-0920 1983 U.S.A.  
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 4437-0920 1983 Hong Kong  
Mission X Manual (Mattel Electronics 4437-8920) Mattel Electronics 4437-8920 1983 Canada Dual-language English-French (Canadian) manual
Mission X Manual (Mattel Electronics 4437-0018) Mattel Electronics 4437-0018 1982 Hong Kong International Edition; English, German, Italian, Spanish and French; image courtesy of Scoubidou
Mission X Manual (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1983 U.S.A. NOTE: no part number on front or back; found in box of PlayCable manuals (though many were standard manuals)—so the natural question is: was this a PlayCable manual?
Mission X Manual (Intellivision Inc. 4437-0920) Intellivision Inc. 4437-0920 1982 U.S.A. Accordion-style folding; 1982 is from the Data East USA, Inc. copyright info on front cover




Only one version of the overlay has been found for Mission X.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Mission X Overlay (Mattel Electronics 4437-4289) Mattel Electronics 4437-4289 1983 U.S.A.  




A total of five Mission X label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Mission X Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 Singapore Origin lower left; © M.I. 1982; © 1982 Data East USA, Inc. right of origin; ™ upper right; smaller label, rounded corners
Mission X Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 Singapore Origin lower left; © M.I. 1982; © 1982 Data East USA, Inc. right of origin; ™ upper right; larger label, square corners
Mission X Label (Mattel Electronics 4437-0340) Mattel Electronics 4437-0340 1982 U.S.A. Odd, odd label—black & white, but has Mattel copyright and a part number; origin lower left; © M.I. 1982; © 1982 Data East USA, Inc. lower right; ™ upper right; larger label, square corners
Mission X Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A 1983 Singapore Origin lower right; © I.I. 1983 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners; also has © 1982 Data East U.S.A., Inc. upper left
Image not available. ShockVision N/A None   Brazilian market product; requires Shock Adapter; noted by y-bot and others

The black & white version with the part number on it is of indeterminate origin. The print quality is excellent, and it's definitely old enough, judging by the paper. The question is: is this a homemade sticker? If so, the layout is extremely precise and it's printed very nicely. The label isn't the standard size, either, but it does have what appears to be a Mattel part number on it. Or, was this stock from when Intellivision, Inc. tried to avoid shipping games in boxes? Can anyone out there shed light on this? Sadly, my copy of Mission X with this label seems to be defective.





Title Screen Nice copyright symbols!
Enemy Territory Not being familiar with the arcade version of the game, I can't say how faithful it really is.





Credit: The Intellivision Lives site

Left Controller: Press and hold: [9]
Right Controller: Press and hold: [6]
Press Reset
Easter Egg: The title screen shows the programmer's name:

Mission X Easter Egg



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