Lunar Landings

July 21st, 2009 by Crusader

As we just reached the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, Technologizer has a great retrospective on Lunar Lander games. You can play many of the ones mentioned on Linux with Vintage BASIC. There’s also this Flash-based version with a cockpit view at the Science Channel website.

What are your favorite space-themed (semi-realistic; i.e., no alien death rays) Linux titles?

2 Responses to “Lunar Landings”

  1. Thunor Says:

    Vintage BASIC: nice find :) I recommend downloading the binary (unless you have a Haskell compiler) and trying the lunar.bas program on the same site. Super Star Trek is pretty good too.

    I remember playing the Atari Lunar Lander game in a dimly lit arcade in Carnaby Street London back in the early 80s. I know I played it elsewhere but I distinctly remember this place as we weren’t old enough to be in there — fruit machine age restriction I think — and the manager wasn’t going to kick out several kids with pocketfuls of change so he hovered around the entrance keeping an eye out for the local constabulary :p

    There’s a Lunar Lander game in LucasArts The Dig, on the PDA device in the inventory.

    Are there any semi-realistic space themed Linux titles that aren’t Lunar Lander clones?

  2. Thunor Says:

    Woohoo — “ON MOON AT 175.32132 SECONDS – IMPACT VELOCITY 1.3307786 MPH

    I can’t get it any better than that, and yes I don’t have much else to do at the moment :p

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