Tommy's Lander (DOS)

Tommy's Lander  DOS This is the first screen the player sees
Most, if not all, of Tommy's shareware games start like this

MISSING COVER

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Tommy's Lander is a single player, shareware variant of Lunar Lander that uses character graphics.

As with the original game the objective is to land a spaceship successfully balancing the need for a controlled descent and safe landing zone with limited fuel. This game adds other variations to that original concept, such as a parachute, glider wings added to which different attempts will have different gravity, air pressure, weather and fuel constraints.
One documented, but unobserved feature, is the presence of buildings on the surface which indicates then presence of hostile enemies.

The game is entirely keyboard controlled. It has basic sound effects and command line switches to start the game with sound turned off and to force either a colour or monochrome display

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Tommy's Lander  DOS There is a trace function that shows the lander's flight path, it's in use here and so are the landers glider wings.
Tommy's Lander  DOS The game has an option to play in monochrome, this is how it looks.
This shot also shows one of the game's features, a lightning storm which, later on, destroyed the lander while it was in-flight
Tommy's Lander  DOS The game begins.
The lander is the happy yellow dot.
Gravity is 7.6 times higher so it falls faster
The atmosphere is 33.9 times thicker so it heats up too
Tommy's Lander  DOS The game paints the random landscape slowly from left to right in vertical stripes

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piltdown_man (138500) added Tommy's Lander (DOS) on Nov 20, 2014