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July 29, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Similar to Lunar Lander, Terra Lander (2015) sports vector graphics and a retro vibe

Terra Lander I came across Terra Lander, released in February 2015 and available on Steam along with a demo. It's obvious influence from Lunar Landar shows in it's physics and vector graphics, but it goes deeper in terms of features. Progressing involves navigating your lander to each landing pad without getting shot or crashing. Like the arcade classic, gravity is your enemy.

Unlike the 1979 classic arcade game, you can fire on enemies - some of whom are shooting at you. Just as thrusting uses your limited resources, so does shooting. You have to take out enemies wisely to maximize your chances of a successful landing. Trying to wipe them all out will deplete the fuel you may need to get to safety.

Some of the paths you must navigate are narrow and winding. This is a really slick looking update to Lunar Lander with a nice touch of modernity with an nice nod to the golden are of arcades.

This game only has 20 levels, so you should investigate it prior to tossing money. Reviewers have had mixed reviews for a variety of reasons. It could use some diversity and more levels, but I wanted to mention it because it's a really nice update to the Arcade game I remember playing in the early 1980s.

The Terra Lander website has broken links (as of 7/29/15) to both Android and iOS versions of the game. I searched both and wasn't able to find the game. I'm not sure if they plan to port it to mobile or not.

Terra Lander

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