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|image = MoonPatrol2600.jpg
|title= Moon Patrol
 
 
|developer = Irem
|image= [[Image:MoonPatrol arcadeflyer.png|250px|North American arcade flyer]]
 
 
|publisher = Williams Electronics, Atari, Midway Games
|caption= North American arcade flyer of ''Moon Patrol''
 
 
|designer =
|developer= [[Irem]]
 
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|engine =
|publisher= Irem <br> [[Williams Electronics]]
 
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|na_rel = {{Release|1982|||NA|Arcade}}<br>{{Release|1983|||NA|Atari 2600}}
|designer=
 
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|genre = Run and Gun
|release= 1982
 
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|features = Single-player
|genre= [[Shoot 'em up#Run and gun|Run and gun]] <br> [[Vehicular combat game]]
 
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|platforms = Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Apple II, Atari 8 Bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64
|modes= Up to 2 players, alternating turns
 
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|media =
|cabinet= Upright
 
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|input = Atari 2600 Joystick, Atari 5200 Controller
|arcade system= Irem M-52 hardware<br /> Main [[Central processing unit|CPU]]: [[Z80]] (@ 3.072 MHz)<br />Sound CPU: M6803 (@ 894.886 kHz)<br />Sound Chips: (2x) AY8910 (@ 894.886 kHz), (2x) MSM5205 (@ 384 kHz)
 
|display= [[Raster graphics|Raster]] resolution 240×248 (Horizontal) Palette Colors 576
 
|input= [[Joystick]] (2-way); 2 buttons
 
|platforms= [[Arcade game|Arcade]]
 
 
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'''Moon Patrol''' is an arcade game released in 1982. It has been ported to the Atari 2600, the Atari 5200, and home computers.
 
{{nihongo|'''''Moon Patrol'''''|ムーンパトロール}} is a classic [[arcade game]] by [[Irem]] that was first released in 1982. It was licensed to [[WMS Industries|Williams]] for [[United States|U.S.]] distribution.
 
 
The player controls a [[moon buggy]], viewing it from the side, that travels over the [[moon]]'s surface. While driving it, obstacles such as craters and mines must be avoided. The buggy is also attacked by [[Unidentified flying object|UFO]]s from above and tanks on the ground. ''Moon Patrol'' was one of the earliest [[Shoot 'em up#Scrolling shooters|linear side-scrolling shoot'em ups]] and the first arcade game to feature [[parallax scrolling]].<ref name="parallax">[http://www.thocp.net/software/games/golden_age.htm History of Computing: Video games - Golden Age]</ref>
 
 
==Story==
 
The player takes the role of a Luna City [[police officer]] assigned to Sector Nine, the home of the "toughest thugs in the galaxy."
 
 
 
==Gameplay==
 
==Gameplay==
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You control a moon buggy that's armed with forward and upward lasers. You must safely guide the buggy to certain checkpoints in the course while shooting rocks in your path and jumping over craters. Meanwhile, you must watch out for alien ships that will drop bombs on you, some of which will create new craters. Make it the checkpoint within a certain time limit and you'll gain bonus points.
[[File:Moon patrol.png|thumb|left|220px|Gameplay Screenshot]]
 
 
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The top portion of the screen shows a timeline-style map of the current course, and three indicator lights. The top light indicates upcoming enemy aerial attacks, the middle one indicates an upcoming minefield, and the bottom one indicates enemies approaching from behind.
 
 
The map shows five different checkpoints labeled ''E'', ''J'', ''O'', ''T'' and ''Z''. Similar to racing games, the time spent during between each checkpoint is compared to the average which determines the amount of bonus points allocated to the player. The game contains two courses, the regular and champion course; after completing the first course your buggy's color changes from pink to red and the game continues on.
 
 
==Ports==
 
There have been many ports of Moon Patrol to home computers and console game systems, including:
 
 
*[[Apple II]]
 
*[[Atari 800]]
 
*[[Atari 2600]]
 
*[[Atari 5200]]
 
*[[Atari ST]]*
 
*[[ColecoVision]] (in prototype form; never released to the public)
 
*[[Commodore 64]]
 
*[[Commodore VIC-20]]
 
*[[Mobile phone|Mobile]] (''Moon Patrol EX'')
 
*[[MSX]]
 
*[[Game Boy Color]] (''Arcade Hits: Moon Patrol & Spy Hunter'')
 
*[[PC booter]]
 
*[[Dreamcast]] (included in ''Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits Volume 2'')
 
*[[PlayStation]] (included in ''Midway Presents Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Midway Collection 2'')
 
*[[Texas Instruments TI-99/4A]]
 
*[[TRS-80 Color Computer]]
 
*[[ZX Spectrum]] (completed but never released)
 
 
==Clones==
 
*A bootleg version called ''Moon Ranger'' was released in the arcades the same year.<ref name="moonranger">[http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?game_id=8750 Moon Ranger - Videogame by Unknown (1982) - The International Arcade Museum and the KLOV]</ref>
 
*An open-source clone named [http://seehuhn.de/pages/moon-buggy moon-buggy] for Unix-like terminals is included in most modern linux distributions.
 
 
==References==
 
{{reflist}}
 
 
==External links==
 
*{{KLOV game|id=8747}}
 
*{{StrategyWiki}}
 
*{{moby game|id=/moon-patrol}}
 
*[http://www.archive.org/details/C64Gamevideoarchive33-MoonPatrol/ Video from the C64 Version] on archive.org
 
 
{{refimprove|date=February 2008}}
 
 
[[Category:1982 video games]]
 
[[Category:Arcade games]]
 
[[Category:Apple II games]]
 
[[Category:Atari 2600 games]]
 
[[Category:Atari 5200 games]]
 
[[Category:Atari 8-bit family games]]
 
[[Category:Cancelled ZX Spectrum games]]
 
[[Category:Commodore 64 games]]
 
[[Category:Irem games]]
 
[[Category:Mobile phone games]]
 
[[Category:MSX games]]
 
[[Category:Multiplayer video games]]
 
[[Category:Run and gun games]]
 
[[Category:TRS-80 Color Computer games]]
 
[[Category:Vehicular combat games]]
 
[[Category:Williams games]]
 
[[Category:Moon in fiction]]
 
[[Category:Scrolling shooters]]
 
 
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Latest revision as of 09:36, 23 December 2019

Moon Patrol is an arcade game released in 1982. It has been ported to the Atari 2600, the Atari 5200, and home computers.

Gameplay[]

You control a moon buggy that's armed with forward and upward lasers. You must safely guide the buggy to certain checkpoints in the course while shooting rocks in your path and jumping over craters. Meanwhile, you must watch out for alien ships that will drop bombs on you, some of which will create new craters. Make it the checkpoint within a certain time limit and you'll gain bonus points.