Lunar Lander (Arcade)

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Arcade, August 1979
         Developer : Atari
             Genre : Thrust-based
          Graphics : Vector graphics
                     1-bit Graphics
      Release Info : MiSTer implementation
        Other Tags : MOS Technology 6502

not completed.

In 1979, Atari released this arcade game, where you must carefully guide a landing module to the lunar surface. This was Atari's first vector game, and was a graphical version of a type of game that was quite common in the 1970s, with various text-based mainframe and home computer games having been written all the way back to 1969. It was the predecessor of a lot of real-time space games with gravity, such as Gravitar (Arcade 1982), Zarathrusta (Amiga 1991), and Sub-Terrania (Genesis 1993). The Lunar Lander arcade hardware was reused for Asteroids, which was released a couple of months later. It was based on a MOS 6502 CPU from 1975, also used in home computers such as the Atari 8-bit, the Apple II, and the Commodore 64.

The world's most authentic video simulation of outer space action


Scores - MAME:
 475 .............  on 2016-01-18
 270 .............  on 2016-01-18

Log entries

  • 6185 
    Got the score 270 in MAME.
  • 6187 
    I played a version of Lunar Lander as a kid, but can't remember which system it was on. Possibly on a Regnecentralen Piccoline.
  • 6188 
    Got the score 475 in MAME.
  • 2019-04-27
  • 9640 
    Recorded a '40 Years Ago' video with Lunar Lander, and got the score 625 without using extra credits.

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