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Planet Lander! (Odyssey 2)

Planet Lander! Odyssey 2 Intro screen.

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Written by  :  Bruce Clarke (72)
Written on  :  Feb 09, 2014
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Summary

Fun lunar lander type game

The Good

Apparently this cartridge-based game is only 2KB in size, yet for such a small program it does a lot. Random hills and valleys are generated, your little lander swivels left and right, and has a small orange rocket flame when you hit the thrust button. The graphics are quite presentable for a late 70s game console. Sound effects are the usual 8-bit beeps and bloops. The display gives X and Y coordinate speeds, and after a successful landing, the gravity level increases for the next planet. The game is challenging but not overly so; I found after a few crashes that I am able to land on the first planet most of the time and often land on the second planet successfully. Considering this is a homebrew game, the production values are very good. The glossy cart label and instruction manual look like they were produced by the original Magnavox factory. Unlike other O2 homebrews I own, this cart even had the metal sliding door intact on the cartridge.

The Bad

About the only negative is that the games did not come with a box or case. I tucked the label into the cover of an old VHS tape shell; although not as slick as a nicely made cardboard box, I certainly do understand that making professional quality boxes is a huge hassle and expense, so I can live without that.

The Bottom Line

Fun, challenging, and a worthy addition to your Odyssey 2 collection.