Moon Patrol © 1983 Atari, Incorporated.
As a Moon Buggy driver, your objective is to travel across the surface of the moon as quickly as you can. While you progress on your journey, you'll encounter huge craters, exploding land mines, and moon rocks on the lunar surface. To make your journey even more challenging, your Moon Buggy comes under missile fire from alien UFOs, some of which create even more craters.
Push your Joystick up to jump over craters, land mines, and other obstacles. Time your jumps carefully: a poorly timed jump will cause your Moon Buggy to crash. Push your Joystick right to increase the speed of your Moon Buggy; push the Joystick left to slow it down. Press the red fire button to shoot your laser guns. When an enemy car appears from behind. use your jumping skill to jump over it, then blast it away when it's in front of you. When you encounter an enemy tank, jump over it and its bullets, or simply destroy it for maximum points.
You start the game with four Moon Buggy lives. If one is destroyed. you restart at the course segment where your Moon Buggy was destroyed. The number of Moon Buggies remaining is shown at the bottom of the screen. When all your Moon Buggy lives are lost. the game ends. To restart the game at the beginning. press the red fire button.
There are two courses and three skill levels: Easy. Medium, and Hard. Each course is divided into 26 segments, indicated by markers along the way. A segment is completed when its x marker passes off the left side of the screen.
The gauge at the lower center of the screen indicates your location on the course. It is divided into five sections, 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, and 21-26. The gauge fills with color as you travel along the course. When you complete course 1, your Moon Buggy moves on to course 2, which continues to progress in difficulty.
A timer at the bottom of the screen clocks your journey. It starts ticking away the seconds as soon as you start. When the timer reaches 999 seconds, it stops counting. but you can continue driving.
You score points for shooting UFOs and for destroying or jumping over rocks, enemy cars, craters, tanks. and land mines. You can also earn bonus points for completing the course in less than the average time
Completing each section of five markers: 1000 Points.
Each second under 55 seconds it takes to complete section 1 or 2: 100 Points.
Each second under 60 seconds it takes to complete section 3 or 4: 100 Points.
Each second under 65 seconds it takes to complete section 5: 100 Points.
Completing the entire first course: 5000 Points.
Completing each section of five markers: 2000 Points.
Each section completed in less than 70 seconds: 100 Points.
Completing the entire second course: 10000 Points.
As you travel along the course, you'll see areas where a rock is placed just behind a land mine or crater. When this happens, time your shot very carefully.
Another trick: Try taking one long jump over two closely positioned obstacles.
Watch out for UFOs that look like this: ~ They drop missiles which create huge craters directly in front of your Moon Buggy. The best way to handle these pests is to destroy them before they can drop missiles.
To protect yourself, shoot at UFO missiles while they're in the air.
Start your jumps well in front of a hole to land just on the other side, giving you more time and space to begin a second jump.
Scoring points for destroying the enemy car is random, so just shoot as soon as you can.