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Lunar Rescue Lunar Rescue - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Lunar Rescue - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Player controls a lunar lander module that must navigate through a field of asteroids to the bottom of the screen, rescue an astronaut by landing on a plateau, and travel back up to the top through a swarm of flying saucers.

Lunar Rescue was produced by Taito in 1979.

Taito released 486 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1967. Taito was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Taito during the time period Lunar Rescue was produced include: Space Wipeout, Wall Block, Trampoline, Top Bowler, Super Speed Race V, Ball Park, Ball Park II, Field Goal, Galaxy Rescue, and Galaxy Wars


Name Lunar Rescue
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1979
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8466
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Lunar Rescue Pinout
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Buttons: 1 - Fire/Thrust
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail

Lunar Rescue KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.87 (6 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.87

Overall Like 4.40
Fun (Social) 3.67
Fun (Solo) 4.00
Collector Desire 4.60

Technical Rating: 4.45

Gameplay 4.40
Graphics 4.60
Originality 4.20
Sound/Music 4.60

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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Uses hardware similar or identical to Taito's Space Invaders and supposedly a ROM swap will convert one game to the other.


After an anton pillar summons was issued by Taito, Lunar Rescue was licensed to Video Games U.K Ltd.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Lunar Rescue Census

There are 14,911 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,532 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,200 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Common - There are 27 known instances of this machine owned by Lunar Rescue collectors who are active members. Of these, 19 of them are original dedicated machines. 2 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 6 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Lunar Rescue machine for sale.

Wanted - There are 5 active VAPS members currently looking for Lunar Rescue.

This game ranks a 9 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 5 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]



The graphics are essentially monochrome with a separate circuit that gives color to rectangular sections of the display.


Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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