A modern take on the classic arcade game, Lunar Lander, Lunar Flight extends the experience to a fully fictionalized and accessible lunar module simulator
User reviews: Very Positive (266 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 15, 2012

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October 26

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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“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.”

“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

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
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
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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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I liked lunar flight until it was weaponized.
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1 of 9 people (11%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
No real challenge.
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16.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
One of the best VR experiences.
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23.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
This game is fantastic in it's on way. There is no game like this. I love the calmness and that it is really hard to learn!

I play it with the Oculus Rift DK2 and and there is no way to describe how well it works.
You ARE in the cockpit of that Lunar Lander and you ARE on the moon...

Give it a try, don't give up and after a while when you succeed to safely land for the first time I promise you that you will feel great! You will feel like an astronaut...

...and play it with a xbox360 controller! This is a must!

As a game I rate it 10/10 and when playing it with the Oculus Rift I must rate it 12/10!
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6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
One thing I'd like to see is the capability to orbit the moon. Even if there's no orbital mechanics, just the idea of having a spherical planet and the delta-v to orbit The Moon would be fun! It might even be a neat way to transfer from one map to another! Maybe even docking to a transfer stage to go to Mars.

I do highly recommend this for any spaceflight fan or hard-sci-fi fan. It's not futuristic, nor modern, and it's also not as vintage as the Apollo missions. It reminds me of the 80s. "What if we kept going to the moon?" Well, perhaps we'd be using Xbox controllers!

I haven't played since Scott Manley of KSP fame made his third video of this game last year, although I first bought it as soon as It was in the recent releases page. From what I remember, it's very fun, and the VR cockpit should only serve to further enhance this!
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2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
It takes some getting used to, but this is honestly a blast. I enjoy everthing, failure and all.
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2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
This game is absolutely mind blowing...if you have an Oculus Rift. I've got the Rift DK2, and absolutely love this game now. Played it a bit before, but didn't find it very engaging...however, the oculus changes it all. You're actually IN the cockpit ON the moon, trying to land your lander in the right spot by taking physics into account. I'll be playing this a lot!

Unfortunately the creater of this game can't support the game much anymore, as the game isn't selling well enough, but to be honest, there's already plenty of content here, as he's been supporting it for a very long time already.

Very much recommended (even without the Rift to play around it, but especially with the rift).
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Nice space game! I love the game but controlling is a bit hard but anyway good game!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Certainly keeps you busy. Don't pay attention to it's slow pace as I guarantee that the slow pace requires more of your attention than any fast FPS in the market (apart from quake live).

There is a fine feeling of satisfaction once you finish every achievement in the game as many of them are challengingto an extent and require patience.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2

I don't know if you could call this game overlooked, because it seems to get a lot of attention. It's been out for over two years, it's an indie game, and it's still being updated on a fairly regular basis (with the last update being in February of 2014, I believe?)

As other reviewers have said, this "game" is absolutely not for the faint of heart. It is amazing. It is extremely difficult, and jumping right into it is an option, and after about an hour or so of playing around with it, you'll get the hang of the very, very basics of navigation and moving. I can't say anything about the accuracy to real life or the accuracy of the physics, I don't work for NASA. What I can say is that it certainly feels realistic. The sounds, the voices, the movement, everything about it makes you feel like you're really there.

Graphics - These are not indie game graphics. They are amazing, highly detailed, and the "Wow, art!" factor for me is very high with it. Despite its difficulty, you can float around in space and get motion sickness from the intensity of the graphics. This is very important to me, and it certainly does make me want to get an Oculus Rift, as other people have pointed out in their reviews. Beautiful.

Who made this? - I see the name in the beginning, and the name of the production company. Is it one person putting this entire game together? Do they work for NASA? I certainly hope they're making a good living for being a freaking genius, because if I made something half this detailed and, frankly, beautiful, I would have more self confidence than anyone else on earth. If it is one person, it's obviously a labor of love for what they're doing. Anything less than an entire, well-paid team of people working on this is doing it as a labor of love. This is as close to science fact in a game I've ever seen. Someone else compared it to Microsoft Flight Simulator. I can see similarities, and I've played Microsoft Flight Simulator. I didn't enjoy it. It doesn't look good, and realism or not, it's just not that fun. This, however? Lots of fun. Very addictive.

This presses all the right buttons - After bouncing around in a crater and taking as long as I did simply to figure out the controls, it's plain to see that this is going to press every trigger of my OCD. I don't say that lightly, it's going to be very difficult for me to stay away from this game and get through everything else I have because of how badly I want to do everything it has to offer. Though it's true that I try to find something good to say about every game that I play, whether I end up recommending it or not, I really don't even want to call this a game! Again, I can't say anything for the accuracy of the physics, but it certainly feels very real. The video tutorials are included out of necessity. Clearly, the developers want you to experience the game, to feel it inside of you. Space camp without the fluff, for 10 dollars. I got this in a bundle and it's probably the best thing I've ever received in a bundle.

Overall[/b[ - Not for the faint of heart, so hard it's painful. So detailed it's near-flawless. It feels so accurate that you will get sucked right in if you're interested in astronomy, the various space programs, anything. You will either spend a half hour with it and throw it out, or you will spend hours and hours playing it just to figure out how to stop yourself from spinning. You will eventually stop playing when the motion sickness gets to you, if you're the type of person I am. I don't see there ever being a sequel to this game, unless better graphics are the reason for it. There's no need. Even with better graphics, this game still looks amazing and your focus is held in check. Take it slow, you'll need to. I can't grade this based on the same criteria as I do for games, but as an educational experience, even if not completely accurate, it should be in every science class and a solid week of play - watching the videos, relating the information to astronomy, interacting with everything - it would teach kids, adults, or even just the curious, just how broad the topic this game looks at is. A true work of art. I don't know if I'll ever have the time to put the effort into this that it deserves, I don't know if I'll ever touch the multiplayer. I bet there's people out there who are so good at this it's mind-boggling. I'm not a genius, but I'm not stupid, either. This is hard. I wish I could make something that's like this. Grade: 9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 out of 10 Value: 9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 out of 10 "Wow" factor: 9*10^10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 out of 10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
For me, this is the defininitive Oculus Rift VR experience (June 2014).

First, unlike most Rift-enabled games, this works perfectly simply by plugging in your Rift (note: for me it works best if you plug in your Rift first, THEN launch the game). No tweaking necessary, only minor customization for Xbox controls to suit your own preferences. Second, it rarely gives motion sickness, as long as you avoid spiraling out of control! This is the perfect game for people new to the Rift and should come bundled with the consumer version when it is out, IMHO. It is my go-to game to "get my Rift legs back" from a period of inactivity.

The physics are spot on. The Xbox 360 controls and in-cockpit controls/HUD are the best implementation I've seen. It takes a few tries but once you get the hang of them everything is intuitive, and it doesn't take long. But for the fact I am sitting in Earth's gravity, I would think I was actully flying around on the moon retrieving lost cargo. And shooting missiles at my competition in online multiplayer. It is a relaxing and serene experience.

If you have enough money to buy a Rift, you have enough money to buy this game. You owe it to yourself, the community, and the developer to give it a try! Otherwise, you are missing an out-of-this-world experience!

I cannot give this "game" enough praise. It is more of an experience than a game!

The non-VR version is probably also good (and higher resolution) but the VR version is so good I don't want to stop. This is a benchmark for Rift-enabled games, and an instant legend! Kudos to the dev and I hope to see more titles of this quality!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
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.

-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

-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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Worth every bit of coin for this game, multiplayer is smooth as it comes and seriously something nice to have even tho the missions are somewhat short and not directly interesting there is something to be said for such a solid game and concept as is for this price.

I suggest getting a 4 pack and totally sharing it around, at some point i'd hope they add a lot more depth to the game but as said, a solid start and concept.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Most realistic simulation of flight in space to date for home computers.
There is plenty of challenge there with modern-day technology, that is also the thing that is interesting about it.
For fans of realistic space missions definitely worth the price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Microsoft Flight Simulator but on the moon

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
If you own an Oculus Rift DK1 or later, I'd say this is a must buy. It REALLY REALLY feels stunning.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Well worth the time and effort to learn to play. Especially if you have a 360 controller. Have heard from a friend it's awesome with the Oculus Rift too!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Great game with excellent graphics. It may be a little difficult for new players, since there's no tutorial in game, except for videos. After a few hours, it gets a little repetitive and unfortunately there's almost no one online to play. I would recommend it still! It's a great game that requires logic thinking and a sense of navigation. It's more a simulator than a game in my perspective.
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