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You must land your ship on one of the moon's three platforms. Rescue an astronaut and return him to your mothership.

Moon Lander was produced by Taito in 1980.

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 Moon Lander was produced include: ZunZun Block, Straight Flush, Lunar Rescue, Galaxy Wars, Galaxy Rescue, Balloon Bomber, Crazy Balloon, Indian Battle, Lupin III, and Polaris


Name Moon Lander
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1980
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8746
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
  • Orientation: Vertical
  • Type: Raster: Standard Resolution
  • Color: Black and White with a Color Overlay
  • Red and Gold Overlay on B/W monitor

Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Fire/Retro
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
Instructions Moon Lander Instructions Image
Bezel Moon Lander Bezel Image

Game Introduction

The game is like Lunar Lander in that you must land your ship on the moon and like Choplifter in that you must rescue an astronaut and return him back to your mothership. You have only a set number of fuel units to use and once your afterburners have been exhausted, you will freefall to the moon and crash. On the way down, you must avoid the asteroids and on the way up you must avoid enemy ships as they try to drop bombs on your ship. You are able to blast enemy ships on the way up using the fire button. Dock with the mothership and press the Fire/Retro button to release your ship for the journey back downward.

Game Play

The Fire/Retro button functions as follows:

  • Retro: releases a capsule from the mothership and fires the thrusters to either steer the ship or slow its descent onto the platforms.
  • Fire: fires the laser upwards to blast the enemy ships that are dropping bombs on you.

You begin the game with your Fuel level at 800. To Score, land on one of three platforms which are worth 50, 100 or 150 points respectively. Recovering the astronaut during the first round scores 50 points and 100 points in the second. 500 bonus points are awarded when all the astronauts have been returned to the mothership.

Moon Lander KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cabinet Information

The game is housed in a stand-up cocktail table cabinet.


Slight modification of the game board and ROM swap will allow you to play Space Invaders Deluxe.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Moon Lander Census

There are 14,850 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,512 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,983 machines (6,922 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 7 known instances of this machine owned by Moon Lander collectors who are active members. Of these, 7 of them are original dedicated machines.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Moon Lander machine for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

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


RAM: TI 4060NL/7910 (16 total)

  • 2716 (2)
  • 8516 (2)

The boards are marked as follows:

  • P/N AA017756 - ROM Board
  • P/N N/A - CPU Board
  • P/N CV070005a / CVN00002A - Video Board

VOLTAGES: +5V/+12V/-5V/+15V labeled on CPU Board

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