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Description

Moon Patrol is a side-scrolling game where the player must drive a moon buggy from one station on the Moon to another, all while avoiding crashing or getting destroyed by alien ships. The vehicle is constantly moving right and the player can speed up or slow down, jump, and shoot (simultaneously firing upwards and forwards.) There are 25 checkpoints along the way, each symbolized with a letter from A to Z, and serving as a respawn point. Every five checkpoints mark a separate "stage" within the entire course; reaching the end of a stage under the par time grants a large score bonus.

Dangers on the Moon include rocks (small and big ones) which can be shot to pieces or jumped over, pits which must be jumped, and UFO's which fire at the player or bombard the ground (creating pits). Later the player also comes upon stationary tanks which fire missiles (that can be destroyed with the player's own shots), landmines, carnivorous plants that pop up out of pits, and rocket cars which stalk the buggy from behind before rushing forward in an attempt to ram it down.

After completing the first course (the "Beginner Course") the player can try his skill on the harder Champion Course.

Screenshots

Moon Patrol Atari 8-bit Avoid these landmines
Moon Patrol Atari 8-bit 3 restart points down, 22 to go
Moon Patrol Atari 5200 Title screen and main menu
Moon Patrol Atari ST The end - in black and white pixels (Monochrome monitor)

Promo Images

Moon Patrol Screenshot
Moon Patrol Magazine Advertisement
Moon Patrol Screenshot
Moon Patrol Magazine Advertisement

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "Patrulha Lunar" -- Brazilian title
  • "ムーンパトロール" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Moon Patrolling Fracas! Apple II steve Lit (3)
Arcade Perfection! PC Booter Indra was here (20905)
A great classic I play to this day. PC Booter Tomer Gabel (4643)
The first coin-op game to feature parallax scrolling Commodore 64 Katakis | カタキス (41272)
Quite a looker back in the day Arcade Katakis | カタキス (41272)

Critic Reviews

8-bit Central Retro Gaming Atari 5200 2011 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Atari 2600 Jan, 1984 3.5 out of 4 88
neXGam Atari 2600 Jun 27, 2013 8.2 out of 10 82
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 2600 Sep 25, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Arcade Oct 25, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Mar, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 5200 Dec 10, 2003 7 out of 10 70
The Atari Times Atari 5200 Oct 12, 2006 68 out of 100 68

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Moon Patrol appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled Spectrum version

In one of the stranger moments in Sinclair Spectrum history, a version of this game was completed but never released, despite a great review from Crash! magazine. A handful of copies exist, but never reached a shop floor.

Innovation

According to the 2007 documentary Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade, Irem's 1982 arcade version of Moon Patrol (distributed in North America by Williams) was the first arcade game to allow gameplay continuation with score retention by inserting another coin. Thus, for the first time, one's high score wasn't solely a matter of how far a player could get on a single coin, but rather a function of how many quarters they wanted to sink into the machine.

Furthermore, the game is credited with introducing parallax background scrolling to video games to imply depth.

Awards

  • TeleMatch
    • Issue 04/1984 – #3 Arcade Game of the Year 1983 (Readers' Vote)

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