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Space Shuttle: A Journey into Space

MobyRank MobyScore
Atari 8-bit
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4.2
ZX Spectrum
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Commodore 64
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3.9
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Description

Space Shuttle is a simulation game where you are the pilot of space shuttle Discovery. Your goal is to launch the Discovery, establish an orbit around the Earth, open the cargo bay doors and recover a satellite to perform repairs, and finally land the Discovery successfully, all while using as little fuel as possible. Each time the complete mission is accomplished, it will then repeat at a higher difficulty level (in the higher difficulty levels the satellite has a more erratic flight path). The game is played from a first person perspective in the space shuttle cockpit where you can control everything from the shuttles engines to cargo bay doors. When the game is over you will be given a ranking which is based on the number of successful dockings and the amount of fuel that was used. In addition to the full flight mode, two easier game variations (autosimulator and simulator mode) are included. The autosimulator mode is the easiest; the computer will control the flight (you can take over at any point you wish) and the controls are simplified. The simulation mode is closer to the full game, however you have an unlimited amount of fuel so there is no time pressure, and the computer will help compensate for inaccurate maneuvering.

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Space Shuttle: A Journey into Space Apple II Title screen / game demo
Space Shuttle: A Journey into Space Amstrad CPC Releasing a satellite.
Space Shuttle: A Journey into Space Amstrad CPC Loading screen
Space Shuttle: A Journey into Space Atari 2600 Here's the satellite you need to recover

Alternate Titles

  • "Space Shuttle" -- Spanish Title

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The Press Says

TeleMatch Commodore 64 Nov, 1984 3 out of 3 100
TeleMatch Atari 2600 Dec, 1983 1 out of 6 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Dec 17, 1999 C+ 58
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Mar 19, 2004 F 0

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