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Mission Impossible Games - Board Games and Card Games

A look at board games and card games based on Mission Impossible.

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The television series Mission Impossible debuted in September 1966 and aired more than 170 episodes, until it ended in March 1973. In 1996, the first Mission Impossible movie starring Tom Cruise was released; sequels followed in 2000 and 2006.

It seems that only two official Mission Impossible board games have been published through the years. Here's a brief look at each of them, along with an unofficial spoof card game.

Mission Impossible Game
Published by Ideal in 1966.
For 2 to 4 players.
I believe this is the first Mission Impossible board game ever published. One description makes it sound like a race game with players each starting in a corner of the board and using a spinner to determine how far they move (1 to 6 spaces). "Road Block" and "Mission Impossible" cards are used.

Mission Impossible
Published by Seven Towns and Berwick's Toy Co. in 1975.
For 3 to 6 players.
Players compete to discover the identity of their target and eliminate him in this board game. The game system is very advanced for a 1975 game, featuring hidden identities and a strong incentive to eliminate other players so that you're in a better position when it comes down to the final two. I believe this was published in Britain.

Munchkin Impossible
Published by Steve Jackson Games in 2006.
For 2 to 8 players.
Scheduled to be published in August 2006, Munchkin Impossible is a card game. According to the Steve Jackson Games web site, "The Munchkins are now spies... eliminating the opposition, playing with self-destructing gadgets, and changing loyalties even faster than they change hats."

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