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Encyclopedia > Moon Patrol
Moon Patrol
Screenshot Moon Patrol
Developer(s) Irem
Publisher(s) Williams Electronics
Release date(s) 1982
Genre(s) Run and gun/Vehicular combat game
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet Standard
Arcade system(s) Irem M-52 hardware
Main CPU: Z80 (@ 3.072 MHz)
Sound CPU: M6803 (@ 894.886 kHz)
Sound Chips: (2x) AY8910 (@ 894.886 kHz), (2x) MSM5205 (@
Monitor Raster resolution 240×248 (Horizontal) Palette Colors 576
Input Joystick (2-way); 2 buttons
Ports Apple II, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, Mobile Phone

Moon Patrol is a classic arcade game by Irem that was first released in 1982. It was licensed to Williams for U.S. distribution Image File history File links TITLE_moonpatrol. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. ... Irem (アイレム) is a Japanese video game console developer and publisher and formerly a developer and manufacturer of arcade games as well. ... Video game publishers are companies that publish video games that they have either developed internally or have had developed by a video game developer. ... Williams is a long-standing electronic gaming and amusement company based in Chicago, Illinois. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a listing of computer and video game genres with brief descriptions and examples from each genre. ... Contra, the quintessential run and gun A run and gun (also known as run n gun or for some variants, overhead shooter) is a sub-genre of video games that incorporates elements from shoot em up games and platform games. ... Vehicular combat (also known as car combat) games are typically video or computer games where the primary focus of play concerns automobiles or other motor vehicles, normally armed with guns or other weaponry, attempting to destroy vehicles controlled by the CPU or by opposing players. ... This arcade cabinet, containing Centipede, is an upright. ... An arcade system board is a standardized printed circuit board or group of printed circuit boards that are used as the basis for multiple arcade games with very similar hardware requirements. ... CPU redirects here. ... The Zilog Z80 is an 8-bit microprocessor designed and manufactured by Zilog from 1976 onwards. ... Nineteen inch (48 cm) CRT computer monitor A computer display, monitor or screen is a computer peripheral device capable of showing characters and/or still or moving images generated by a computer and processed by a graphics card. ... Suppose the smiley face in the top left corner is an RGB bitmap image. ... For other uses, see Joystick (disambiguation). ... In computer science, porting is the adaptation of a piece of software so that it will function in a different computing environment to that for which it was originally written. ... The Apple II was one of the most popular personal computers of the 1980s. ... The Atari 2600, released in 1977, is the first successful video game console to use plug-in cartridges instead of having one or more games built in. ... The Atari 5200 is a video game console introduced in 1982 by Atari. ... An Atari 800XL, one of the most popular machines in the series. ... For the hip hop group, see Commodore 64 (band). ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Irem (アイレム) is a Japanese video game console developer and publisher and formerly a developer and manufacturer of arcade games as well. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Williams is a long-standing electronic gaming and amusement company based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


The player controls a moon buggy, viewing it from the side, that travels over the moon's surface. While driving it, obstacles such as craters and mines must be avoided. The buggy is also attacked by UFOs from above and tanks on the ground. Moon Patrol was one of the earliest linear side-scrolling shoot'em ups and the first game to feature parallax scrolling. Lunar Rover-Manned land vehicle (NASA) The Lunar Rover was a manned land vehicle for transport on the Moon. ... Bulk composition of the moons mantle and crust estimated, weight percent Oxygen 42. ... UFO redirects here. ... Scrolling shooters are a type of video game, a subgenre of shoot em up . ... Parallax scrolling is a special scrolling technique in computer graphics. ...

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Story

The player takes the role of a Luna City police officer assigned to Sector Nine, the home of the "toughest thugs in the galaxy." It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Police. ...


Gameplay

On the top portion of the screen, there are indicator lights, and timeline-style map of the current course. The first indicator light is used to indicate incoming enemy aerial attacks, the middle one indicates an upcoming minefield, and the bottom one indicates enemies approaching on your six.


The map shows five different checkpoints labeled E, J, O, T and Z. Similar to racing games, the time spent during between each checkpoint is compared to the average which determines the amount of bonus points allocated to the player.


Versions

There have been several ports of Moon Patrol to home computers and console game systems. These include:

  • Atari 800
  • Atari 2600
  • Atari 5200
  • Commodore 64
  • Colecovision (in prototype form; never released to the public)
  • Nintendo Game Boy Color (Arcade Hits: Moon Patrol & Spy Hunter)
  • Sega Dreamcast (included in Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits Volume 2)
  • Sony Playstation (included in Midway Presents Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Midway Collection 2)
  • Texas Instruments TI994/a

Trivia

  • There is a bootleg version of this game called Moon Ranger. This is not related to the unlicensed NES game by the same name developed by Bunch Games.
  • An official conversion for the ZX Spectrum was completed but never released.
  • The version of Atari 2600 was very popular.[citation needed]

Nes is: A municipality in the county of Akershus in Norway, see Nes, Akershus. ... The Sinclair ZX Spectrum was a home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research. ... The Atari 2600, released in 1977, is the first successful video game console to use plug-in cartridges instead of having one or more games built in. ...

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