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This game is an early simulation of NASA's space shuttle, on a mission to retrieve a failed satellite. Most of the controls are handled using the joystick. The mission is comprised of five different stages:
  • Launch: After an automatic lift-off out of Earth's gravity, you guide the shuttle to a rendezvous point.
  • Park: With the satellite in sight, approach it until you are right next to it.
  • Arm: Use the robot arm to catch the floating satellite and bring it into the cargo space of the shuttle.
  • Entry: Just like the launch stage, but without throttle control, you guide the shuttle to a target box indicated in the plotter instrument.
  • Final approach: From an outside view of the shuttle, try to decelerate at the same time as dropping to an altitude of zero.
The main view is from the cockpit, with a small stripe in the centre dedicated to the outside view, and the rest comprised of instruments and indicators. All of these instruments, indicating the stages of the mission, the attitude of the craft and its course, as well as altitude and speed, are functional. Certain parts of the mission are moved to an outside view for pædagogical reasons. To make the game more beginner-friendly, the mission is not aborted if a certain stage is not fulfilled, but points are awarded for how well each stage is completed.


Shuttle Simulator ZX Spectrum Retro fire for re-entry sequence
Shuttle Simulator ZX Spectrum Closing cargo bay doors getting ready for retro fire
Shuttle Simulator Dragon 32/64 Going in for landing
Shuttle Simulator Atari 8-bit On the starting range

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Alternate Titles

  • "Space Shuttle" -- UK title
  • "Microdeal Shuttle" -- C64/Atari in-game title
  • "Lift Off with Space Shuttle" -- UK tag-lined title

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Micro 7 Dragon 32/64 Feb, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Crash! ZX Spectrum May, 1984 55 out of 100 55
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari 8-bit Aug, 1986 3.25 out of 10 32


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  • AtariMania (for (Atari 8-bit): game entry database; downloadable release; cassette inlay; advertisement; additional material)
  • The Dragon Archive (for Dragon 32/64: encyclopaedic entry; downloadable version; artwork; additional material)
  • World of Spectrum (for ZX Spectrum: downloadable release; additional material including – cassette inlay, advertisement; magazine references; magazine adverts)
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