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Arcade video games

Lunar Lander  

From the original manual:

"Lunar Lander (TM) is a one-player coin-operated electronic game that simulates landing a manned spaceship on the moon. Various video-display phrases indicate score, time elapsed during the mission, fuel units consumed, altitude above the moon, and horizontal and vertical speed. The fuel consumption and both speed readings are important for the player to determine how to land the craft. Realistic engine rumble and crash sounds accompany game play. A high beep warns of an almost-depleted fuel supply, whereupon players can add coins to automatically extend the game and "fill up" their fuel tanks. Depending on the quality of the landing or the crash, various messages are displayed on the screen."

Lunar Lander was the first Atari vector game, making use of their brand new "XY video game" technology. Vector graphics enabled impressive rotation and zoom effects not possible with raster tehcnology. This, coupled with a nice thruster control and impressive reactors sound effects made Lunar Lander a great gaming experience.

This Atari hit was in fact inspired by Moonlander, an early computer game designed by Jack Burness in 1973 that ran on the DEC GT40 graphics terminal (typically downloaded from a PDP-10 mainframe computer).


    Lunar Lander inspired Galactic Space Wars (Fairchild Channel F)
    Lunar Lander inspired Jupiter Lander (Commodore Vic 20)


title screen
the big squares at the bottom are the different missions (levels) available

ok, first let's choose a landing site

beware of this lunar mount

this is a difficult landing site but worth 5x points

landing successful!

ok, let's try an easier landing spot

oops, landed hard...

third attempt, with not much fuel left

I went too far

yeah, did it again!

with no fuel left, the lander crashed


cab detail


Service Manual


control panel


Lunar Lander emulation (Mame)

 Lunar Lander java game - Small Java game
 Lunar Lander flash game - Small Flash game - You can play the official version online!
 Lunar Lander flash game - Nice flash game
 Wikipedia - nice info

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year of release 1979
companies Atari
type game
media arcade cabinet
systems Arcade
number of players 1 player
staff Rich Moore (programing)
tags gravity, space

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