Lunar Rescue was released in November 1979.
Also released as a cocktail model. In Japan, the cocktail version is known as "T.T Lunar Rescue
Lunar Rescue was the follow-up game to "Space Invaders
". Unfortunately, it was released at the same time as "Asteroids
", which pretty much eclipsed most games until the 1980's. Lunar Rescue is actually a little more complicated then its Space Invaders cousin. You actually have to keep track of a few more things to successfully make it through this game. This is one of those 'sleeper' games that didn't get a big following since Asteroids was also out.
Before stage 4, you get a cute intermission from the aliens of "Space Invaders
" telling you to 'Fight'.
A Lunar Rescue unit appears in the 1982 movie 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'.