Lunar Mission is about one of the greatest endeavours of the human race: the mission to the moon. This game tests your intuitive sense of physics and challenges you to land a moon lander without any damage to its parts. The game has a bare look where everything is pixelated and you can feel the darkness of space closing in on you. There are hardly any details save the harsh lunar landscape.
The game is not an easy one and it takes a long time getting used to the controls and to judge exactly how much thrust you need to apply and in which direction for the moon lander to get back to the ground without damaging any of the precious equipment onboard. Each ship has four modules and the number of stars you get in each module depends on the number of modules that remain unharmed when you land.
There are three levels of difficulty, one with the scout which is very fast and auto stabilised, one with the cargo ship which is slow and heavy and the last with the original lander which has the added restriction of limited fuel. There are 24 levels in each degree of difficulty so there are enough levels to keep you hooked. The soundtrack is minimalist, just like the game and you only hear the concerned mission control when you have almost destroyed your ship.
However, after some time, the game tends to get quite monotonous due to the lack of any visual variety. It is the same, bleak landscape in each level and one can get rather tired of it. Perhaps the lack of any superficial variation does keep you fixated on the controls and landing safely but frustrating games usually have enough colour and spark to keep you trying again and again. With this one, however, you might not want to return to very frequently. The game is perfect for you if you love a challenge, though. If you are one of the obsessive gamers who just has to finish a game and does not give up easily, Lunar Mission is right up your alley.
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Anusha "Trillian" Sinha
Anusha Sinha was a harmless little Clefairy before she read Crime and Punishment. Now she thinks she is some sort of extraterrestrial ninja. She is an expert in the arts of mosquito-racquet wielding, being a silent grammar Nazi and karate. She spends her time contemplating the greatness of Miniatur Wunderland and the transient nature of human life, in equal measure.