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  • Summary: A modern take on the classic arcade game, Lunar Lander, Lunar Flight extends the experience to a fully fictionalized and accessible lunar module simulator providing a variety of mission types involving transporting cargo, acquiring data at survey locations and locating lost cargo.A modern take on the classic arcade game, Lunar Lander, Lunar Flight extends the experience to a fully fictionalized and accessible lunar module simulator providing a variety of mission types involving transporting cargo, acquiring data at survey locations and locating lost cargo.
    Completing missions earns experience points and money to be used to refuel, repair and upgrade the lunar module. In addition to missions there are time trial challenges complete with online leader boards and a globally ranked 'pilots' leader board, ranked by experience. To round out the game there are a variety of achievements to provide additional challenges and objectives.
    A truly unique and challenging flight simulation experience, Lunar Flight will give you many hours of immersive, addictive and rewarding gameplay.
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 22, 2012
    91
    Lunar Flight may not appeal to everyone. Those that dream of flight or have a passion for space exploration owe themselves a look at this game.
  2. Feb 28, 2013
    78
    This is a decent space flight simulation that keeps you coming back, but could have done much better with more depth and more comfort functions.
  3. PC PowerPlay
    May 30, 2012
    70
    An appropriately simplistic arcade update that hits the fun/challenge sweet spot. [June 2012, p.60]
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Jun 21, 2012
    10
    Easily one of the best indie games and best sim experiences I've ever played. Sells for an absolute bargain price and is always challengingEasily one of the best indie games and best sim experiences I've ever played. Sells for an absolute bargain price and is always challenging and rewards by the bucket. If you yearn for the halcyon days when PC sims felt and looked great but were still accessible whilst remaining challenging and lets not forget fun and atmospheric then I can't recommend Lunar Flight enough. It looks great, the music is amazing and the sound effects and harsh lighting add to the amazing atmosphere this game weaves around you as you drift across the barren lunar surface. *Highly recommended* Expand
  2. Jun 21, 2012
    10
    If you enjoy a challenge, you will enjoy this game. Flying the lunar module is like learning a new musical instrument. At first, you willIf you enjoy a challenge, you will enjoy this game. Flying the lunar module is like learning a new musical instrument. At first, you will fumble a bit, and it'll seem impossibly unwieldy. But soon you start to get the hang of it and you start racking up the cash to purchase that next upgrade. I've been playing for about 3 months and still see myself improving. It really is like a musical instrument in that the more you play, the better you get over a long period of time. My favorite part of the game is the time trials with global leader boards, but a lot of people seem to enjoy just doing the missions. The main thing to remember is just not to give up! Embrace the challenge! Expand
  3. Jun 21, 2012
    10
    This is a great simulator, and very fun to play. It's easy to learn, but difficult to master. There are good tutorials and instructionsThis is a great simulator, and very fun to play. It's easy to learn, but difficult to master. There are good tutorials and instructions available, achievements, global high scores, missions. If you ever played Lunar Lander, or enjoy anything related to space, get this. You won't regret it. Expand
  4. Aug 20, 2012
    9
    Ok so what do you get for the small price you pay for this game?
    Its a simulation of the Lunar Module and its a good true sim, Lucky tho that
    Ok so what do you get for the small price you pay for this game?
    Its a simulation of the Lunar Module and its a good true sim, Lucky tho that the moon has very low gravity so things can go slowly leaving you time to undo mistakes and recover from what would be a sure crash.

    The beauty of this sim is its up to you to push the difficulty, first map you can go slow stay level and be safe but when you want you can start spinning the LM and instead of using the small thrusters for forward movement use the main engine to throw you forwards, a quick spin round now zipping along at 25m/s face exactly the opposite way and burn the main engine again to slow you down.... sounds easy? its not.... but oh my, it is fun.
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  5. May 30, 2012
    9
    A small yet quite challenging simulation of a lunar landing module. Most of the time you'll be piloting the module from point A to B,A small yet quite challenging simulation of a lunar landing module. Most of the time you'll be piloting the module from point A to B, carrying out a few missions such as transporting cargo (from A to B), conducting data surveys or recovering lost cargo. The idea is to move between these waypoints to finally land at one of four landing pads where you can refuel and repair the module if necessary. The challenge is to avoid crashing the module and to avoid running out of fuel. With enough experience points you'll gain a new level and have the option to upgrade the module to help make the missions a bit easier.
    It took me about 10-15 attempts to get used to piloting and landing without any crashing. The missions themselves eventually become repetitive but for me, the overall feel of the game and sense of achievement it gives you when you complete each mission is enough to keep me playing.
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  6. JLX
    May 3, 2014
    9
    Lunar Flight is the most fun I've had in a sim for years! I cannot wait to try this with an Oculus Rift.

    DIFFICULTY (tl;dr Challenging but
    Lunar Flight is the most fun I've had in a sim for years! I cannot wait to try this with an Oculus Rift.

    DIFFICULTY (tl;dr Challenging but not overly difficult)

    This simulation hits the sweet spot like Baby Bear's porridge: Not too hardcore and not too casual.

    At first it may seem overly challenging to the point of intimidating the more casual players as you are almost certain to crash and burn on your first few flights. However, don't be discouraged! Take just a few minutes to glance at the (not overly lengthy) manual and watch the series of 2 minute flight tutorial videos (especially #7: Maintaining Stable Flight) and before you know it, you'll manage to get things under control and experience the satisfying thud as your lander's legs touch down precisely oriented with the 4 markers on the landing pad.

    Once you start to get a feel for 6-DOF low-G flight, the sensation is fantastic! Learning becomes *fun* rather than frustrating and it is incredibly rewarding as you feel yourself getting better. The graphics are beautifully done and once again the sensation of flying - or perhaps "controlled drifting" is a better way of putting it - is truly wonderful. It's very addictive. There are enough things you need to pay attention to, to keep it challenging (and therefore rewarding) but not so many that you feel overwhelmed with minutia.

    GAMEPLAY (tl;dr Flying is a ton of fun but wish there was more mission variety)

    There are four maps provided (3 on the moon 1 of Mars) each providing progressively more difficult terrain to navigate and Mars also has storms/weather for an additional challenge. Like much of the good design in this game, they are sized nicely so that missions generally take around 5-15 minutes.

    The game objectives fall into four different types: Deliver cargo (sometimes you need to find it first), survey a spot, time trials and shooting drones (or other players). While they are all enjoyable (I enjoy the search for cargo ones most) I would love to see more diversity with mission design.

    In the beginning just learning to fly and managing your fuel is engaging and entertaining enough. But as your mastery flight improves to the point where controlled flight isn't a problem, it'd be nice to have a little more involved to actually DO as you're flitting about out there. My biggest wish is that there were more types of missions.

    MULTIPLAYER (tl;dr Fun to fly together but co-op missions would be more fun than combat)

    I haven't tried the multiplayer yet but combat (with missles & flares) seems to be the main attraction. For me, this holds little interest as I don't feel this type of flight sim lends itself well to combat style play. The thrill of flight, and mission are far more suited IMHO.

    You can do (separate) missions in multiplayer and compete to see who does them most efficiently. There are no true co-op mission that require cooperation between players. This would be an extremely welcome addition.

    GRAPHICS, SOUND & UI (tl:dr Excellent immersion and good UI but could use improvements)

    While the external graphics and flight modelling are excellent, I'd rate the UI as very good but with room for improvement (I'll be writing the developer after I finish this review ;-)

    The HUD and UI with it's various views and dual monitors are very good. The vector cam and load/thrust tables are particular helpful. Although all the information you need is there, I wish it was just a little more polished, a little more consistent and a little more convenient.

    The vector cam shows overall speed and isolated vertical velocity but not isolated horizontal velocity. The radar altimeter is only viewable from the cockpit HUD and isn't included on any of the monitor views. The top cam can't be zoomed out for a larger situational view. There are two identical monitors but not all views/info are not available on both. Etc.

    These small but noticeable inconsistencies are not game breaking at all. They just require a little more juking around the different modes/views as you're flying than I feel should be required. Regardless of the view I prefer, I want all the data I need front and center. I think this will be even more important when using a RIFT as you won't be able to see your keyboard and will need every feature/function you need to access on your gamepad where you can feel it.

    CONCLUSION (tl;dr It's a under-priced hidden gem! Highly recommended!)

    I bought this game thinking it would be good but it surprised me by being great. It's strength is walking the difficult line between a casual and hardcore sim. It's what I'd call an accessible sim.

    The game is a hidden gem and my biggest complaint is that there isn't more of it. At $10 it's a steal. Go out and buy it. Highly recommended!
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  7. Nov 9, 2012
    3
    I'll probably get flamed for this on this board, but overall, I just didn't enjoy this much. If you really like hardcore simulations you mightI'll probably get flamed for this on this board, but overall, I just didn't enjoy this much. If you really like hardcore simulations you might give this a whirl, but I just crashed a whole bunch or ran out of fuel starting out and it never got to a point where I could see that it was going to be fun. Found keeping altitude constant or stable quite difficult while trying to otherwise maneuver the ship. Once I got one axis out of alignment with horizontal (from sitting down on moon surface I was hopeless. 2.1 hours per steam before I gave up, uninstalled and moved on to something else. Wanted to like it, but just not for me. Expand

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