Game Review: Lunar Lander

Game Room: Lunar Lander is another one of the classic arcade game releases on Xbox Live for WP7, and it isn’t the best as usual.

Overall Score: 3/5

The tiny visuals sort of ruin the gameplay, and the gameplay itself doesn’t compare to modern games. However, if you’re in love with classics, you might still like Lunar Lander for its many challenging aspects.

Gameplay: 3/5

Games have changed quite a bit since classic arcade games like Lunar Lander were around. Lunar Lander challenges your concentration and tries to make you optimize your remaining fuel as much as possible. Some modern gamers might not find this fun, since you really have to work at it to get the high scores (unlike Doodle Jump, which is frankly pretty mindless). However, if you like a slow yet satisfying challenge, Lunar Lander delivers. However, the visuals on the screen are so tiny that reading essential numbers like the remaining amount of fuel or your vertical velocity is nearly impossible. Ending on a positive note, the controls do work well unlike other classic arcade game releases we have seen before.

Presentation: 3/5

On many phones (except the HD7) the small content on the screen will probably cause you to squint. The numbers on the top of the screen are practically unreadable, and it’s tough to tell what direction your ship is pointed when it is so small. The game could definitely benefit from larger visuals. However, the load and resume speeds are pretty great.

Lasting Value: 3/5

A single game of Lunar Lander will usually last between 5 and 10 minutes. Then the game has some excellent leaderboards to compete in, and achievements to play for. You will of course be replaying the game time and time again to master your skills and improve your high score. However, with the slower pace of the gameplay, some gamers may not be enticed to replay the game and opt for something more exciting.


Title: Game Room: Lunar Lander
Price: $2.99
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios