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User Reviews

Moon Patrolling Fracas! Apple II steve Lit (3)
Arcade Perfection! PC Booter Indra was here (20892)
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 (41888)
Quite a looker back in the day Arcade Katakis | カタキス (41888)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Apple II 5 3.4
Arcade 11 3.5
Atari 2600 16 3.4
Atari 5200 5 3.6
Atari 8-bit Awaiting 5 votes...
Atari ST 6 3.3
BREW Awaiting 5 votes...
Commodore 64 7 3.7
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Nintendo Switch Awaiting 5 votes...
PC Booter 11 3.5
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Combined User Score 61 3.5

Critic Reviews

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Atari 2600The Atari Times (Feb 03, 2002)
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.
Moon Patrol is a ton of fun and always makes me smile. I'm not sure if it's the catchy theme song or the relentless scroll towards the next onslaught, but this is a great game.
Atari has not quite captured the graphic detail of the coin-op but that doesn't matter much. The play's the thing here, and it is fun— close enough to the coin-op so as not to be too objectionable to fans of the arcade version and loads of fun and a challenge to all players. If you don't like music. Atari even lets you turn off the sound using the difficulty switches. That really makes you feel the loneliness of patrolling the moon in deep space.
Atari 2600Tilt (Jan, 1984)
Moon Patrol est séduisant et pas si facile que ça.
Atari 2600The Video Game Critic (Jun 27, 1999)
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.
Atari 2600neXGam (Jun 27, 2013)
Und als ob dies noch nicht ausreichen würde, beharken euch von Zeit zu Zeit Aliens am oberen Bildschirmrand. Keine Frage, daß es teils ganz schön schwer sein kann die Außerirdischen oben in Schach zu halten und währenddessen noch die Fahrbahn im Blick zu haben. Doch auch wenn nach dem ersten Mal alle Leben recht schnell aufgebraucht sind, ist Moon Patrol eines der wenigen VCS 2600 Games, die man auch heute gerne immer wieder in seinen Oldie schmeisst.
Atari 2600Oldies Rising (Jun 29, 2012)
Un des meilleurs jeux Atari 2600. Un titre qu'on croirait presque créé pour elle d'ailleurs tant le concept lui va bien et la réalisation semble avoir été d'une adaptation des plus aisées sans grosse perte. J'en viendrais presque à dire que jouer à cette version vaut bien le jeu d'arcade original!
Atari 2600VideoGame (May, 1991)
No comando de um avançado carro lunar, você deve explorar toda a superfície do satélite da Terra, defendendo-o de ataques alienígenas.
80 (UK) (Oct 25, 2007)
So what were these rewards that made an average games player like me feel like a world beater? They re-sprayed your buggy Ferrari red and they named the second run through of the game Champions level! What more could a 10 year old want?
ArcadeAll Game Guide (1998)
One of the first videogames to allow continuation by inserting more money, Moon Patrol is a classic for many reasons, including buggy maneuverability, oddly compelling backgrounds, the challenge of timing jumps and shots, and a repetitive, yet catchy musical score.
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.
Atari 2600TeleMatch (Nov, 1983)
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.
Atari 2600Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Sep 25, 2004)
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.
Atari 2600Woodgrain Wonderland (Jul 09, 2017)
Moon Patrol is a quality cart that, while frustrating at times, offers a lot of long-term gameplay value.
Atari 5200The Video Game Critic (Nov 20, 2000)
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.
Nintendo SwitchNintendo Life (Apr 17, 2018)
Initially seeming quite basic, Arcade Archives Moon Patrol becomes a lot of fun thanks to the various dangers encountered and discovering the different ways the limited controls can be utilised to clear these dangers. Working through the different sections is enjoyable and it is thrilling to clear a troublesome one. If simply getting through the two levels is your goal, there's not a lot of replay value here, but Moon Patrol is of course a Hi Score chaser. Finding new ways to shoot attackers you'd previously avoided or managing a section quicker for that points bonus leads to enjoyable playthroughs as you look to improve your scoring.
Commodore (Mar, 2007)
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. =)
Atari 5200Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Dec 10, 2003)
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.
Atari 5200The Atari Times (Oct 12, 2006)
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.
PC BooterASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (Jul, 1991)
Tja, das ist dann auch schon der gesamte Spielablauf. Nun heißt‘s nur noch: Üben, üben und nochmals üben! Nach einigen sehr einfachen Leveln wird der Spieler nämlich sehr schnell merken, daß das Programmierteam hohe Ansprüche an das Geschick und die Reaktion des Spielers stellt. Aber das ist‘s eben, was den Reiz der Sache ausmacht: „Schließlich hab‘ ich‘s doch hier nur mit ‘nem simplen Game zu tun, was einfach zu schaffen sein muß“ oder „Was der kann, kann ich schon lange!“ Also, dann seht mal zu, wie gut Ihr seid.
Atari STComputer and Video Games (CVG) (Sep, 1988)
Although it's fun, Moon Patrol is dated and offers little more than a few hours entertainment.
Atari 8-bitPower Play (1987)
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.
Atari STST Action (Aug, 1988)
Moon Patrol's graphical presentation does little justice to the game-play and its appeal can only be appreciated when played. This is traditional arcade entertainment at its best!
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK) (Sep, 1988)
The conversion is faithful to the ancient coin-op and as a result the graphics are poor by today's standards. Sound, too, is predictably limited: simple explosions, laser shots, leaping over obstacles and an undemanding tune. What we have, then, is fairly standard arcade fodder of barely average presentation. But, like Missile Command it's immediately playable - for a while; it doesn't take long enough to get through the game and so offers only temporary appeal. Mouse or joystick may be used.
Atari STTilt (Jul, 1988)
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.