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 (293 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 15, 2012

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"If you have an Oculus Rift you must have this game. If not then you can still soak up the amazing atmosphere and music as you fly over the moon."
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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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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
13 of 14 people (93%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
122.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 8
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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6 of 8 people (75%) 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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Best crashing simulator ever. 10/10
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8 of 12 people (67%) 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 5 people (80%) 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.

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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
its ok
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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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5 of 8 people (63%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
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 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Have you ever wanted to pilot a REAL spaceship of our time? Then look no further, for this is the best spaceship simulator.
Very basic, but can be challenging to proper manoeuvre the spaceship.

6/10

Don't get me wrong, It's a good game...I just don't like it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
One of the best experiences for the Rift out there to date and an overall fun distraction.
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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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70 of 73 people (96%) 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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54 of 65 people (83%) 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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31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
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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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
18.2 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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