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Moon Patrol

User Reviews

Moon Patrolling Fracas! Apple II steve Lit (3)
Arcade Perfection! PC Booter Indra is here (19699)
A great classic I play to this day. PC Booter Tomer Gabel (4388)
The first coin-op game to feature parallax scrolling Commodore 64 *Katakis* (37801)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Apple II 5 3.4
Arcade 6 3.2
Atari 2600 14 3.5
Atari 5200 3 3.9
Atari 8-bit 4 4.1
Atari ST 5 3.6
Commodore 64 6 3.8
MSX 2 3.7
PC Booter 11 3.5
Sord M5 Awaiting 1 votes...
TI-99/4A 4 3.4
VIC-20 2 3.3
Combined MobyScore 62 3.5


The Press Says

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95
Atari 2600The Atari Times
As if it wasn't obvious already, I highly recommend this game. When people ask me why I bother with that old 2600, this is one of the games I pull out to show them why the system is still great. The only real problem is that two people can't play simultaneously, and people seem to gather around when this one is on and want to take a crack at it. Moon Patrol is fairly common and can be purchased for a couple of bucks at eBay, so you've got no excuse for not owning this if you actively collect carts for the 2600.
83
Atari 2600The Video Game Critic
Here's yet another high-quality arcade conversion from Atari. All the elements of the arcade game are here, including the intense challenge. Moon Patrol is unique because it forces you to concentrate on two things at once.
80
Atari 8-bitAtari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition
Atari have included all the different sections of the moon that make up your mission and you are still racing against those strict time limits. At the end of each stage you get a still screen that adds up your score and adds any bonus points, giving you some respite before the action steps up. Each stage also has it’s own unique background scenery, just like the arcade game. Once you get the hang of the controls, so you can combine shooting down the flying saucers with jumping over the craters, you will get quite addicted to this fun title.
80
Atari 2600TeleMatch
Moon Patrol ist zwar ein kriegsähnliches Ballerspiel, aber eines, bei dem Geschicklichkeit Trumpf ist und das Wort Spielspaß kein Fremdwort. Es bringt ganz einfach Spiel-Spaß, den genauen Zeitpunkt eines Absprungs zu berechnen und sich von den vielen Behinderungen nicht zu sehr ablenken zu lassen.
80
Atari 2600Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Why do we enjoy being frustrated? This is a game that is flat out mean, but yet we continue to punish ourselves, swearing (literally) to get past the next rock pile/hole/land mine combination that's already taken three perfectly good lives. There's no need for explanation. It's gotta be the music.
75
Atari 5200The Video Game Critic
This space shooter makes a fairly smooth transition to the 5200. Your moon rover is a bit blocky, but the scrolling background looks impressive -- particularly the futuristic city. Moon Patrol is a challenge because you have to concentrate on the road in front of you while shooting UFOs above. On the 5200 controller the jump and shoot buttons are right next to each other, which I found to be awkward (and sometimes confusing). The gameplay itself is virtually identical to the arcade game. There are two skill levels and a continue option.
70
Commodore 64Pixel-Heroes.de
Moon Patrol ist ebenfalls ein Pionier der Videospiele und man sollte dieses Spiel auf jeden Fall zumindest vom Namen her kennen, denn ohne diese alten Spiele gäbe es jetzt vielleicht kein R-Type, kein Final Fantasy 12, kein God of War etc. Also huldigt den Ahnen und stimmt sie gnädig, damit wir auch noch in Zukunft mit sehr schönen, innovativen und interessanten Spielen, die noch mit viel Liebe und Herzblut entwickelt wurden, bedacht werden und nicht nur mit tollem Blendwerk. =)
70
Atari 5200Digital Press - Classic Video Games
I loathed this game in its VCS incarnation. Its flickery graphics and choppy scrolling killed the game. I'm happy to report that the 5200 version comes almost indistinguishably close to the arcade original. In Moon Patrol, you take control of an armored go buggy, tooling across the lunarscape. It's just you against alien spaceships, tanks, and a grueling, pockmarked path. In addition to the vehicle-swallowing pits natural to the landscape, the enemy vessels can blast holes in front of you. 5200 Moon Patrol successfully retains both the wild gameplay and the trademark audiovisual effects that helped to distinguish Moon Patrol in the arcades. The background graphics are gorgeous, and the soundtrack does a terrific job of setting a playful mood -- while incorporating some of the eeriest sound effects found in a classic home videogame. And since the key to conquering this game lies in the precise timing of jumps, the joysticks do not detract from the gameplay one bit. Recommended.
68
Atari 5200The Atari Times
Moon Patrol is still a very challenging action game with a lot of jumping and shooting and to think that this game came before Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. If there were more games like Moon Patrol out there than I'm sure the big video game crash wouldn't had happened to begin with. It's one of the few Atari games that features a complete package of 3D backgrounds, game theme music, and awesome game play too. Sadly, even though this game plays and looks pretty close to the arcade game but I still prefer the Atari 2600 version thanks to the weird button set up on the Atari 5200 controller side buttons. However, despite some control issues Moon Patrol for the 5200 is still well worth picking up for action fans.
60
Atari 8-bitPower Play
Moon Patrol ist eines der älteren Automatenspiele, das für mich bis heute nichts von seinem Reiz verloren hat. Es ist ein echter Klassiker mit recht viel Abwechslung. Wenngleich die Atari-Umsetzung nicht überragend ist, so wurde der Spielwitz dennoch bewahrt. Alle Szenen des Automatenspiels wurden übernommen. Leider gibt es das Problem des Continue-Modus. Wo bitte soll ich die Taste „2“ drücken? Auch die Pause-Funktion per Space-Taste läßt sich mit dem XE-System ohne Tastatur nicht aktivieren. Das durfte nicht passieren.
40
Atari STTilt
Ce programme est une reprise d'un jeu de salles d'arcade assez ancien. Hélas, la réalisation est indigne de l'Atari ST car elle est nettement inférieure à celle de l'Atari 800 XL. C'est dommage de maltraiter ainsi un ancêtre qui aurait pu connaître une nouvelle jeunesse et nous offrir de bonnes heures de jeu.