DETAILS: This Lunar Lander was
bought from a long-time collector that was
downsizing a bit. This game is in
exceptional condition and it always amazes
me to see games that are 30 years old (as is
the case with Lunar Lander)
arrive in the type of condition that this one
the fact that Lunar Lander Atari's first
vector game, it was also the first vector
game that I ever saw or played back in 1979.
I have memories of being in awe of many
things about this game when I first saw it,
such as the
thruster controller, the sharp display of
the black and white vector monitor, and the
rumbling sound of the lander as it made it's
decent for landing.
Lunar Lander more as a landing simulator
rather than a 'game' per se. These
days I always fly on Command Mission, where
the atmospheric conditions have no friction,
rotational momentum and moderate gravity.
With rotational momentum if you turn left or
right, you keep turning left or right and
the rate of your spin increases each time
you press the rotation button again (which
mimics the actual physics that exist in space).
RESTORATION: There was nothing
that needed to be done to this game
cosmetically other than to use some Novus #1
to clean the dust off the mission select
plexi. The graphics that are screened
onto the metal control panel are immaculate.
ELECTRICAL REPAIRS/UPGRADES: Replaced the power cord, the power filter
capacitor, the fluorescent lamp and lamp
starter, the coin door reject button
lamp. and replaced the capacitors on the
Regulator/Audio board. Also, replaced
the capacitors on the Electrohome G05-801
deflection, regulator and high voltage
boards. Also all the old insulators
and dried out thermal grease for the
deflection power transistors, the regulator
transistors, and the high voltage
transistors were removed and new grease and
new insulators were applied.
rubber stops and cleaned and lubed the
bearings and springs per the manual.
THUMBNAIL TO ENLARGE
FAST FACT: A Lunar Lander units
appears in the 1984 movie, "The Philadelphia