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Box artwork for Moon Patrol.
Box artwork for Moon Patrol.
Moon Patrol
Publisher(s)Irem, Williams
Year released1982
System(s)Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Apple II, ColecoVision, Commodore 64/128, Commodore VIC-20, MSX, DOS, TI-99/4A, Sinclair ZX Spectrum
SeriesArcade Archives
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
Arcade Archives Moon Patrol
Publisher(s)Hamster Corporation
Year released2018
System(s)Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
Rating(s)CERO All agesESRB EveryonePEGI Ages 3+General
LinksMoon Patrol ChannelSearchSearch
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Moon Patrol is a unique side scrolling shooter game in which you piloted a moon buggy that had to cross the rocky and pitted terrain of the moon while avoiding attacks from over head alien crafts. As you proceeded across the surface of the moon, several layers of the background scroll by independently, making Moon Patrol the first game that featured parallax scrolling.

Moon Patrol was developed in Japan by Irem, but its success occurred when it became popular in America thanks to the distribution by Williams. Atari saw the game as a hot title to bring home and bought the rights to release it for home systems. They released it on several of their own platforms, and developed the title for other platforms through the Atarisoft label. It has since been included on several classic Midway collections.


The title screen.

Take the role of a Luna City police officer assigned to Sector Nine, the home of the "toughest thugs in the galaxy."

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