A modern take on the classic arcade game, Lunar Lander, Lunar Flight extends the experience to a fully fictionalized and accessible lunar module simulator
Release Date: Jan 15, 2012

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October 26, 2014

Oculus DK2 Beta Build Now Available!

Thanks to the 0.4.3 SDK Lunar Flight finally has a playable DK2 build!

Here are some things you need to know...

* You need to Opt into the Steam Beta (dk2)
* Direct To Rift mode not tested, run it in extended!
* Not built with DX11 (yet)
* Don't play with the Graphics Settings it might crash
* Delete HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Shovsoft\Lunar Flight from your registry before starting to make sure it has the preconfigured settings
* There are no Dynamic Cockpit Shadows! :(
* There is a nice new Asteroid Field intro scene where you can set your Orientation
* Press O or Left Stick Button + Right Stick Button (X360) to reset orientation
* Map 2 has the best performance

If you're having performance problems try Holding Alt after starting the game to access the launcher window and select one of the lower quality settings.

I hope to get some time to look at the build some more in the future but this build is pretty good for now!

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Reviews

“Alongside the delicacy of the simulation, Lunar Flight’s great achievement lies in its aesthetics.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Lunar Flight wraps an enjoyable physics simulation in an approachable and fun package.”
SimHQ

“I was pleasantly surprised at the quality, look and feel of Lunar Flight.”
Impulse Gamer

About This Game

Explore the most realistic and beautiful realtime simulation of 'Lunar Flight' in this unique and challenging game. Experience the heart pounding sense of dread as you deliver supplies to moon bases with only seconds of fuel to spare!

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.

When you think you've got what it takes, head online and go head to head in deadly combat against the best pilots in the world in Lunar Flights Multiplayer mode.

A truly unique and challenging flight simulation experience, Lunar Flight will give you many hours of immersive, addictive and rewarding gameplay.

Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Support - Please Note Mac is not yet supported


Lunar Flight also features one of the best Oculus Rift Virtual Reality integrations yet conceived. It has an entirely new Virtual Cockpit and UI designed specifically for VR and offers an unprecedented immersive experience of flight simulation on the Moon & Mars.

Key features

  • Oculus Rift Mode with Optimized VR Cockpit and UI
  • Track IR Support
  • Authentic Newtonian space physics
  • Addictive, challenging Simulation
  • Earn money and experience from Transport, Survey & Lost cargo recovery missions
  • Purchase Upgrades and Action items for the Lunar Module
  • Online Time Trial and Pilot Experience Leader boards
  • Online Multiplayer with Weapon Systems
  • Random mission generation
  • 51 Achievements
  • Spectacular graphics and effects
  • Award Winning Soundscape
  • Unique Quad view display
  • Comprehensive Replay System
  • Default X360 Controller Support
  • Support for multiple Input Devices (HOTAS)

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz or equivalent processor
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 900 MB
    • Video Card: 500 MB Video RAM and at least Shader Model 2.0
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: Windows compatible sound card
    • OS: 10.6 or later
    • Processor: Intel Only
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 900 MB
    • Video Card: 500 MB Video RAM and at least Shader Model 2.0
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: Any
Helpful customer reviews
24 of 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
125.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Lunar Flight is a simple sim that allows you to fly an Apollo style lunar module around four different maps (difficulty varies between the maps) simulating the moon and mars environments. It has a steep learning curve but is extremely satisfying to master.

Initially it feels a bit like playing the classic 8 bit 'lunar lander' type games in 3D but there's more to it than that. Missions include carrying cargo between locations, gathering data from survey sites and recovering lost cargo. As you progress with missions you gain XP and are able to upgrade your ship to make it more fuel efficient and more manoeuvrable.

Multiplayer introduces combat, adding 'sidewinder' style missiles and decoy flares to the mix. Combat isn't easy; changing direction can be hard due to inertia and it's a pretty unique experience.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
This is a very neat game, haven't played it in a while, but I did get 10 good hours out of it.

And yes it is hard to fly, if it was easy, everyone would be an astronaught.

I just saw a negative review that centered around how he wished this game was easier, are you kidding me?

Here's a thought: Try hard to suck less.

I wasn't great at this game the first time I played it either, in fact I crashed a LOT, but I persevered and was rewarded with a sense of accomplishment that only comes from doing well at something truely difficult. You cannot cheat your way to that feeling. I love this game.

If you have patience and want a game that will hold your attention, but not your hand, buy this game.

CoD players will probably get bored, and frustrated.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
112.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
This unassuming title delivers far more than you might expect on first glance and has become one of my all-time favourite games! Yes - it's that good!

The visuals and physics are superbly done giving you a real sense of low-G flight while keeping the controls very straight-forward. However, just because the simulation is limited to basic thruster controls, don't be fooled into thinking this is a simple arcade flight model.

It takes a while to master flight and get used to the fact that (unlike an aeroplane) the direction you're facing is not always the direction you're moving and that your primary thrust (assuming you're upright which frequenly you are not) is pushing you up rather than forward. Learning the art of flight and mastering precise landings is tons of fun and very addictive.

It's the *feeling* of low-G flight that this game does so incredibly well! I don't have an Occulus Rift yet but it supports it and I imagine it would be nothing short of incredible! After you finish a flight, you can optionally save it and play it back which is a great feature if you've done a particularly interesting manoeuver or perhaps recovered from a minor crash.

*Note: I am a long standing PC gamer and get frustrated when the control scheme of a game is compromised to support gamepads that lack the precision of a mouse. However, Lunar Flight is a notable exception to that rule. This game is best played with a controller. A joystick/HOTAS setup works well (I've tried it) as it does with any flight simulator but in this case a gamepad is definitely the best option.

There are 3 lunar maps of increasing complexity and a 4th Mars map that has stronger gravity and wind storms which push you off course and obscure your vision adding a nice extra challenge.

Missions are one of three varieties: Transporting cargo directly from one pad to another; surveying (hover over) an area; or searching for and returning cargo that has been lost somewhere on the surface. In addition there are time trials where you have to fly from pad to pad through a series of gates as fast as possible and you can equip missles to shoot at either unmanned drones or other players in multiplayer.

Personally, I find the magic to this game is in the flying - not the shooting - and I would have been just as happy if the combat had been removed from the game entirely. The time trials never grabbed me either as I prefer to fly at my own pace. The missions are fun but extremely simplistic. After 100+ hours in the game, I fly cargo recovery exclusively as it is the most interesting of the three.

In some ways the game suffers from it's sucessful flight model as it's so much fun that even once you're past the challenge of learning, you still want to keep flying around. But, the simple and limited missions mean that there just isn't enough to do.

PROS:
- Well executed and realistic flight/physics model.
- Excellent sounds and graphics. Both are simple but very effective.
- Wonderful *feel* to low-G flight.
- Oculus Rift support (even though I don't have one to try yet).

CONS:
- Simplistic and limited missions that quickly become repetitive.
- Relatively small maps. They're sufficient but would be nice if they were bigger.

Mastering flight can be a challenge at first. However, the realistic physics coupled with simple controls strike a nice balance between game and "light sim", making it easy to pick up.

It's the wonderful sensation of low-G flight keeps me coming back for quick fixes despite the repetitive missions. I highly recommend this game to anyone that has an interest in flight games.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Great flight simulation.

if you would like to play a relaxing, fun and full of learning experience then you need to try this game out.

Once you learn the basics of liftoff, landing, ACS thursters and how to change your heading you will be having a lot of fun with this game.

There are 4 huge maps that you can fly around and there are 3 different types of missions(transport cargo, find lost cargo, data survey).

highly recommend to any space/simluation enthusiast.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Really fun game. I got it in a bundle for a buck. I am not a big simulator fan and this game has a perfect balance of simulation and arcade style gameplay. Think Atari "Lunar Lander" but 3D :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Really really good I highly recommend
will buy a few more copies just to give them out
has loads of potential too
check my screenshots I got some good ones , lots of modes and levels of difficulty, deep and complex or nice and easy you choose , has multiplayer too
I just play peacefull myself but I do see there are some weapon choices
if you like vector thrusting and vertical climb rates then you will enjoy this jem
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
And here I was thinking piloting a plane was hard... Holy ♥♥♥♥.

Not the most exciting game but if you want a challenge this is it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
DK2 beta works fantastic with Windows 10, DK2, amd a8, and ati 6870! New OS, mid-range cpu, and several generations old graphics card. No issues what-so-ever! This is easily one of my favorte VR games now!! Thanks @SH0V0R, looking forward to more updates and hopefully future releases from you!

Some tips for new people:
- DK2 Beta is accessed via, right clicking on the game title in your library->properties->beta tab->dk2 beta->OK.
- While it should work either way, having the oculus as primary monitor plays best and requires no tinkering in-game.
- If you are seeing a half screen\half desktop, try pressing alt+enter to snap to full screen or see the tip above. (this is windows and oculus, NOT this game specifically)
- If controls are somewhat or entirely not working, try removing InputData.dat from C:\Users\"yourname"\Documents\Saved Games\\LunarFlight\. It will regenerate on your next game launch and should fix all control issues.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
I have been meaning to pick this game up for a while as I have always thought it looked interesting but for some reason never have ... until now.
I have been recently hunting for demos and games that work with the Oculus Rift DK2 and when I noticed this had added beta support for it , well it made up my mind for me and hit the buy button straight away.

I have no idea what its like to play on a normal flat display , but my god ... playing it with the Oculus rift , its an outstanding experience.
It lends itself perfectly to a seated VR experience and the game does a fantastic job making you feel like your sitting in and piloting a huge moon lander.
Hell I even had butterflies in my stomache ( the kinda feeling you get on a rollercoaster ) when my lander ran out of fuel and started spiralling to the ground.

I guess you could say the game as a whole is a little repetative but it still gets a big thumbs up from me as far as a great VR experience with the Oculus is concerned.
Well worth the tiny price tag however you get to play it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
While this game was not initially released as a VR game, the cockpit was entirely redesigned for the Rift with large and easy to read indicators that may not look super realistic but help provide a very comfortable VR experience.

The initial contact was a bit frustrating but once I figured out how I was supposed to fly this thing, it was rather easy. Unfortunately there are only 3 types of missions (+ a time trial mode) so after a while it becomes a bit repetitive.

Overall a very cool lunar lander simulator that I recommend to Oculus Rift owners.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
at first tries to fly around ends up spining like crazy. tries multiplayer spams missiles. 10/10 worth the $1 from the humble bundle
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73 of 77 people (95%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
To start off - if you currently have an Oculus Rift, stop reading and purchase this game right now... It's ok, I'll wait for you to do it.

Done? Good, because this game currently has the best native support for VR available right now. A perfectly realized virtual cockpit with great functionality and UI suited for VR. The sense of immersion is quite spectacular, and the game itself is also very fun.

For those without a rift, the game is quite good as well. It places you on the moon (or mars) in control of a lander type craft, in which you perform missions for experience and cash, with which you can upgrade your lander's capabilities. The lander handles as a low gravity vehicle would handle, and with practise you can pull off some very impressive manouevers. The types of missions available range from surveying certain locations, searching for misplaced or lost cargo and transportation of cargoes.

There is a multiplayer component as well, though I have to attest i haven't really played much of this mode (was having way too much fun in the single player portion of the game)

Overall, I'd heartily recommend the game to anyone with a slight interest in space exploration - and if you have a Rift this is a must purchase.
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56 of 67 people (84%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
I have no idea what I'm doing, but it's so fun to fail at this game with Oculus Rift.
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2014
A nifty simulation of flying a lunar module. Takes a little while to get the hang of (there's some video tutorials included) but once you're flying around without any assists it's great fun.

Radio chatter and some fitting background music add atmosphere to a lunar environment that would otherwise have none (zing!). You will also have the opportunity to fly around a map on Mars where dust storms and increased gravity and drag make flying much more difficult.

Some physics knowledge is definitely a bonus. Physics nerds like myself will take pleasure in having to plan ahead, taking into account things like cargo weight, fuel efficiency, conservation of momentum and more. You will feel like you've mastered lunar flight when you line up a trajectory for the landing pad, using your RCS thrusters to reduce your transverse speed while throttling up your main thruster to keep the vector over the pad, to finish with a quick yaw at the end to line up a perfect landing.

Probably the biggest drawback to the game is the relative lack of mission variety with only three types. The environments are of course pretty barren as you'd expect so like with many flight simulators you are more occupied with what your craft is doing and how it's flying. This is where Lunar Flight really shines.

It supports TrackIR and Occulus Rift too so props to the developer!

Overall recommended!
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
I am a fan of simulation games. I own about every flight and space flight simulator there is, and I must admit, this game was quite a fun experience.

First, you'll have to learn about thrust vectoring, which is about the hardest thing to learn if you don't know physics. It's very long for some people and you may get desperate and begin hating this game. But once this is done, you'll understand just how fun this game is.

You can carry out mission, such as locating lost equipment or transporting cargo. And yes, weight does affect your flight. There nothing more intense than landing on a platform with 0.3% left fuel because you underestiamted the weight of that cargo.

And there's multiplayer : Shooting other people on the moon/mars!

And the best part is : The developper (independant, as far as I know) oftens adds stuff to the game and they're awsome. When I bought the game, there were 3 maps, no multi. Since then, Mars was added, multi was added, Occulus Rift support was added and I can't wait to see what's next.

A definitive buy for any flight sim enthousiast.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2014
Really solid Lunar Module sim but also a great game of physics and precision landing. It may look boring or perhaps even overly complicated at first, but when you get the hang of the mechanics it becomes EXTREMELY enjoyable. I also gotta mention the nice high fidelity graphics, excellent performance and fantastic sound design. I don't know if its real LM radio chatter from the 70s but it sure sounds like it and makes the game really immersive.

Overall its nothing short of awesome all around, my only grievance is that the dev doesn't want to make the oculus rift virtual 3D cockpit available without having the oculus, so you're forced to play with a 2D cockpit with windows and monitors to the 3D world. A real shame but besides that this is great and I strongly recommend it if you enjoy fun games.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2014
Wow. This one is making me consider buying two side monitors...
It's a Proper Simulator, but not impossibly fiendish to play,
assuming you have a decent controller. Still possible to enjoy
with just the keyboard though.
Brings you inside a LEM, and there really isn't much to do apart from
flying from A to B, and C, and D; but it doesn't matter, because
the Trip is the Message.

pros:
-What I just wrote, that was all positive.
-You are Inside that tiny Lunar Lander from the 80s!
Or was it the 70s?
-That good old feeling from the Sublogic and co. simulators,
that we thought had been killed by Big Byte, but with all the
modern eye-candy and smoothness

cons:
-You will only see two colours: Grey and Green,
and Red, that makes three,but you don't wanna see red,
unless you're on Mars.
And Blue; Blue's good.
So that's four colours.
It's the freaking Moon! Live with it.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2014
Lunar Flight is so realistic!

Being an astronaut myself, having flown and operated many spacecrafts (ranging from lunar modules such as this, to commandeering an entire flotilla from a mothership), I can say, with a professional background, that Lunar Flight is spot on. Whether you are fending off incoming missiles or carrying out missions to grab randomly appearing space-crates of space-candy on the moon, firing missiles at your fellow astronauts', then this game gets it right.

No seriously though, it is not space-candy, it is high-tech space loot that you would not even understand.

Bored? Spin around in space. It also features multiplayer, so grab a friend and play play chicken with your lunar modules.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2014
if NASA had carried on going to the moon, this is what it would have been like in the 80s or 90s, green digital displays and all.
Absolutely absorbing game with superb physics, and much more than just a homage to the original 2D lunar lander games.
Fun, hard, challenging, rewarding, graceful, elegant, smooth as silk, great to look at even without oculus.
Yea an absolute bargain in the sale, and a bargain at full price.
Thisis one of those games that will sit in your library and you will keep coming back to.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
This game is an absolute gem. I only wish I had an Oculus Rift to play it with, but my TrackIR does perfectly well.

Ever since "Lunar Lander" on the ZX81 and "Thrust" on the Atari ST, I've loved these kinds of gravity-based vector thrust games. This game takes it into a whole new dimension: 3D.

Everything about this game is delightful: the mini tech tree to upgrade the lander, the background sounds, the retro green UI, the perfect lunar landscape rendering. I have to hand it to Shovsoft, this game is so polished you can see your face in it.

This game is for people who have EXCELLENT spacial awareness. If you get a bit sea-sick, or can't read a map upside down, go elsewhere. This is the sort of game where you have to be upside down, spinning, while flying in a parabolic arc, trying to calculate thrust vectors to slow you down and cancel rotation before you become a lunar smear.

I absolutely love the sense of "being there", especially with the head-tracking, and in-ear microphones. Sitting with the lights off, listening to the NASA commentary and carrying cargo around, I'm in hog heaven.

I really REALLY hope that there's a sequel to this which goes in the direction that HardWar (or SubCulture) took. Thank you shovsoft, I've loved every second of playing this!
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