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Lunar Lander Lunar Lander - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Lunar Lander - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Atari's first vector game. Use rotation buttons and giant thruster control to land the Eagle on the surface of the moon. View screen "zooms in" as you approach the lunar surface.

Lunar Lander was produced by Atari in 1979.

Atari released 137 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1972. Atari was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari during the time period Lunar Lander was produced include: Sky Raider, Fire Truck, Avalanche, Orbit, Skydiver, Hercules, Superman, Atari Soccer, Atari Baseball, and Asteroids


Name Lunar Lander
Developer Atari (United States)
Year 1979
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8465
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
Development Team
  • Orientation: Horizontal
  • Type: Vector
  • Color: Black and White
  • 19-inch Electrohome G05-801

Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Lunar Lander Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Lunar Lander Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Buttons: Rotational (left, right)
  • Throttle Lever
  • Buttons: 1 - Abort
Sound Unamplified Mono (requires one-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Lunar Lander Control Panel Image
Side Art Lunar Lander Side Art Image

Game Play

From the original manual:Lunar Lander TM is a one-player coin-operated electronic game that simulates landing a manned spaceship on the moon. Various video-display phrases indicate score, time elapsed during the mission, fuel units consumed, altitude above the moon, and horizontal and vertical speed. The fuel consumption and both speed readings are important for the player to determine how to land the craft. Realistic engine rumble and crash sounds accompany game play. A high beep warns of an almost-depleted fuel supply, whereupon players can add coins to automatically extend the game and "fill up" their fuel tanks. Depending on the quality of the landing or the crash, various messages are displayed on the screen.

Choose one of four difficulty settings.

Lunar Lander KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.31 (12 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.23

Overall Like 3.33
Fun (Social) 1.55
Fun (Solo) 3.17
Collector Desire 4.18

Technical Rating: 3.39

Gameplay 3.50
Graphics 3.33
Originality 4.25
Sound/Music 2.55

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cabinet Information

Black cabinet with orange, yellow, blue and white artwork on the side panels.


VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Lunar Lander Census

There are 14,898 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,529 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,153 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 175 known instances of this machine owned by Lunar Lander collectors who are active members. Of these, 160 of them are original dedicated machines. 8 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 7 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 5 active VAPS members with a Lunar Lander machines for sale.

Wanted - Very Popular - There are 41 active VAPS members currently looking for Lunar Lander.

This game ranks a 45 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 67 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 73; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 73; Color photo

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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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