Moon Patrol is a port of the popular action/shooter arcade cabinet game of the same name, for the TI-99/4A released by Atarisoft. It was released on Solid State SoftwareTM Command Module cartridge as part number RX 8531 for $44.95 (USD). It was programmed by Douglas Brian Craig. It originally sold during the second quarter of 1984.
|Original Retail Price||$44.95 (USD)|
|Programmer(s)||Douglas Brian Craig|
|Format(s)||Solid State SoftwareTM Command Module|
|Release||1984 (2nd quarter)|
- 1 Gameplay
- 2 Advertising Blurb
- 3 Manual
- 4 Downloads
- 5 References
- 6 External Links
The player in Moon Patrol plays as a volunteer police officer on Sector Nine, known as the home of the toughest thugs in the galaxy. The player controls a lunar buggy vehicle over the surface of the moon from a side view. The vehicle travels from left to right during gameplay. The player faces many obstacles along the way including craters, mines, and missiles from overhead UFOs. These missiles also create new craters that can make for a unique situation when they hit immediately in front of the player.
The player maneuvers through various courses, each of which is divided into 26 checkpoints each or which is labeled with consecutive letters of the alphabet starting from A and going through Z. Checkpoints ending in E, J, O, T, and Z denote a major stage of each course which changes the theme and background color. At the end of each stage, the player's time spend to complete the stage is compared to the average stage time, and bonuses are awarded based on the time taken to complete each stage. Extra lives are awarded at 10,000, 30,000, and 50,000 points.
From Back of Retail Packaging
Applications being accepted for replacement gunners in high-risk job. Hostile environment. Road conditions nonexistent due to meteor and crater hazards. Small native populations of killer plants also reported. Quick reflexes, marksmanship and driving skills a must. Bonuses for UFOs and enemy tanks. Recognition for valor. Volunteers only.
From Triton Catalog - Spring 1985
You patrol sector nine, home of the toughest thugs in the galaxy. Fortunately your patrol car has anti-gravity jump buttons and laser bullets to deal with moon rocks, craters, hostile UFO's and tanks.