A modern take on the classic arcade game, Lunar Lander, Lunar Flight extends the experience to a fully fictionalized and accessible lunar module simulator
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Very Positive (416 reviews) - 84% of the 416 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 15, 2012

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July 19

Update on Vive Support

I installed the latest Unity 5.4 Beta last night which is now RC1, everything seems to be working OK. I need to re bake all the scenes and then I should be able to make a new build that has native OpenVR included.

I had a look at integrating the Lab Renderer but I couldn't get it to work properly and it requires OpenVR exclusively which isn't something I am willing to support at the expense of the Rifts ATW.

There should be some perf improvements from 5.4 Single Pass Stereo but on a min spec VR machine you're likely to average around 70+ FPS. Without the Rifts ATW I'm not yet sure how juddery this will feel.

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July 15

CV1 Beta VR Patch 1

  • Built with Unity 5.3.5p8 (Fixes Black Screen if HMD Removed from head during play)
  • Fixed Nav Icon getting culled behind terrain
  • Added Bindable ‘Power Toggle’ Input Action
  • OHD Toggle Input will now Open/Close OHD in VR Cockpit
  • Systems Screen Refreshes if Upgrade Levels Change
  • Fixed Incorrect Gyro Level on Systems Screen
  • Cargo No Longer Shows Before Finding it on Lost Cargo Missions
  • Improved Rotation Rate Display Accuracy and Stabilizer Upgrade
  • Fixed Unload Progress Display on Cargo Screen
  • Added Shovsoft Intro Splash

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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.

Key features

  • 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
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Sanborn
12.4 hrs
Posted: August 18
I never thought I'd put 12 hours into this game, but I was super hooked on the challenging flight model back in 2014.

Fast forward to 2016, Sh0ver added Oculus Rift support, and here I am again sweating bullets because now I'm actually inside this spacecraft that is 5 meters from crashing into point B.

I wouldn't even wait for a Steam Sale, you'll get your $15 out of it easily.
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Chris Ihao
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 16
I'm hereby going to write an exceptionally long review of this game. In addition to what everybody says about the excellent VR implementation in this game (or rather, sim), which I wholeheartedly agreed to, I'd like to add that bringing a HOTAS into the mix makes the whole thing sing like... an orca stranded in the red seas of Mars. Beautiful, isnt it?

Anyhow, I lied about making the review long. I do want to say however: When some say that the Rift or Vive at the current level of technology is a fun little novelty which people will tire of and never use again after a few hours, I say; show them Lunar flight, together with some of the other new, really intuitive offerings that are popping up like rats in a forgotten picnic basket. I say; these people are so wrong, it almost hurts.

PS: Remember that you, at the point of time this long review is written, have to go into properties in steam and opt in on the beta tab. This enables VR natively. This only works for the cv1 at the moment.
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LouPoh
3.5 hrs
Posted: July 22
This game will always be my first real love in VR.
Sadly the DK2 days have passed, and I have a Vive now, so my love is gone for the moment but promised to come back to me one day in an update. Looking forward to that, hopefully in a not so distant day in the near future...
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[dgR]comrbak
11.6 hrs
Posted: July 17
One of THE best VR games available! If you own an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive: buy it! Try it! You like cockpit games? Piloting a spacecraft? Being deeply immersed? Flying on Moon and Mars? Missions free to choose from easy to tough? Then you won`t regret getting this game! The new CV1 support works great and there are frequent updates. Some minor bugs still available (sound crackle), but it´s still a beta VR support. It´s clearly one of my most beloved games fpr my Rift. I really enjoy visiting the moon every now and then. Looking forward to future updates. 5 STARS!
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pandamail
2.6 hrs
Posted: July 13
This is awesome on the Oculus Rift!
(You have to opt into the beta)
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capeboy
2.1 hrs
Posted: July 11
Absolute must by for anyone with a Rift and I can only imagine for the Vive when support is included. It's hard to descirbe, but for me the feeling of presence with my HOTAS in this game is so much more complete than any other VR cockpit space game I have played.
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Cyda
1.8 hrs
Posted: July 11
Brilliant game and a must have on the Rift.

A bit of a steep learning curve to begin with and there is no hand holding but it is worth the effort. In the first 20 mins I managed to get off the ground in to a spin before crashing in flames on the floor but after a few more tries it suddenly clicked and I started getting missions done, gaining xp and I'm just about to rank up to level 3 and earn a few new unlocks.

For a single dev this is a great game with excellent VR presence.
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GhettoDuk
8.1 hrs
Posted: July 11
The new beta is sofa king good on the CV1!!!!! Performance is flawless on a GTX 970 and will be getting better soon.
Moving about requires an abundance of patience. Take it slow and tap, tap, tap-a-roo.
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mrniel50
10.3 hrs
Posted: July 11
Lunar Flight + Oculus CV1 together is just amazing if you'r into flight sims. Heck also if you'r not.
at the price it's very simple, just buy it.
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CandidBadger
0.3 hrs
Posted: July 10
I have played this for literally 10 minutes at the time of writing this review, I downloaded it having spent 3 days with my Rift, absorbing all the experiences there are and being a bit.... well.... disappointed.... nothing was really sharp apart from a few in the Oculus store, but they were all lacking playability and immersion. I was considering sending it back, or lobbing it on E Bay and commiting to will wait until 4k or OLED HMD get put in the Rift/Vive etc before getting excited.... and then I tried this.

The work done on getting this into VR is outstanding, the cockpit is so well done, the seating position is perfect, the sounds, the lighting.... and yes in my playtime I only made 3 landings, but I will be back for a lot more..... this is "The Best Experience on the Rift" you can currently have in my view. Patience, care on the controls are needed, but it is serene, it is clear..... Absolutely blown away.... and blown up, several times...

Great work!!
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88 of 94 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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64 of 80 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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36 of 39 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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30 of 30 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
137.9 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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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.5 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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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
A true spiritual successor to old games like Lunar Lander. Yes, there is a learning curve here. One thing that is a bit unfair is a stock lander with no upgrades lacks a stabilizer, if you get the craft rotating in mutiple axis you will have a hell of a time getting it stabilized. As you progress and upgrade the LM you won't have this problem, though of course you will have more experience flying and won't be so fazed by basic flight. Bottom line: when starting out only use yaw/rotate and leave pitch and roll alone. Mission types are fine though they boil down to fly from base X to base/point X and do something. Lost cargo is a little more interesting as you have to use your eyes to locate the target (the beacon is too short ranged to be of too much use in locating the cargo). Some other mission types would be useful, like a photo-mapping mission, where you have to fly a designated strip of territory taking images as you go along.

The actual feeling of flight is superb. The Hills map in particular has a very authentic Lunar Highlands feel to it. Others less so. Canyons is challenging but the verticle exageration makes it look a little unbelievable. Mars is also a challenge but after the "purity" of Lunar flying is a bit frustrating.

As far as this game being too difficult, well, I disagree. If you watch the basic tutorials you should be fine, esp if you obey the basic rule of "no pitch/roll w/o a stabilizer". If you want difficult, try Eagle Lander 3D which is a hardcore LM sim, no game, no missiles, no HUD, just the DSKY and a scribed pattern on the LM window to guide you and historical Apollo scenarios.

For a niche title an impressive level of support. After the initial release we saw release of Oculus Rift support and then multiplayer, and continuing support into 2015. The developer has demonstrated maturity and staying power by supporting this very excellent sim/game.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
128.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2015
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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