In Space Mission, players explore eight planets (randomly selected from
twelve in the game) by flying from planet to neighboring planet or
passing through a "jump gate" that allows them to travel anywhere. Each
planet has a different combination of values for jumping to it, scanning
it and landing on it.
Each player has a hand of five cards, with each card having three
color-coded values on it: blue for jumping, green for scanning, and
orange for landing. On a turn, you take two actions from six
possibilities - Top up, Jump, Fly, Scan, Develop, or Discover. The same
action may be taken twice.
Top up: Discard any number of cards (including zero), then refill your
hand to five cards.
Jump: Move your spaceship from the jump gate (where players start the
game) or a planet to any other planet by discarding a card that shows
the landing value of the target planet. Place one of your tokens on the
Fly: Move your spaceship to either neighboring planet; this move is free.
Scan: Discard a card with the scanning value of the planet where your
spaceship is currently located; look through the face-down planet tiles,
place one aside face-down with your marker on it, then return the tiles
to that planet. This action is possible only on undeveloped planets.
Develop: Develop the planet where your spaceship is located by
discarding two cards that match the two landing values shown on that
planet. Mark this planet with your space station token, hand out all
scanned and claimed planet tiles to the appropriate players, claim one
remaining planet tile for yourself, then place the remaining tiles
face-down again. A planet can be developed only once.
Discover: Take a planet tile of your choice from the developed planet
where your spaceship is currently located.
When between 6 and 12 Space tiles have been revealed, the game ends and
the player with the most points is the winner.
Space Mission is a game for 2-5 players (best with 3-5, but plays very
well 2 as well!), and takes approximately 30 minutes to play.