Moon Patrol

Moon Patrol

Arcade / Irem 1982

Moon Patrol is a classic arcade game developed by Irem and released in 1982. It is a side-scrolling shooter set on the moon, where players control a lunar buggy tasked with navigating treacherous terrain while fending off various obstacles and enemies.

Moon Patrol was conceptualized by the Japanese video game developer Irem, known for their contributions to the arcade gaming scene during the 1980s. The game was designed by Akira Takarada and programmed by Hiroshi Tsujino. Its development was influenced by the success of other side-scrolling shooters of the time, but Moon Patrol distinguished itself with its unique lunar setting and innovative gameplay mechanics.

Moon Patrol received widespread acclaim upon its release, praised for its addictive gameplay, challenging level design, and crisp graphics. It garnered a dedicated fanbase and became one of the most iconic arcade games of its era, often cited as a classic of the golden age of arcade gaming.

Moon Patrol was ported to various home computer platforms and gaming consoles over the years, including versions for the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, and Commodore 64, among others. Its success also led to the development of sequels and spin-offs, such as “Moon Patrol II: The Next Chapter” and “Moon Ranger.”

Original Moon Patrol arcade cabinets are considered relatively rare collector’s items today. While exact production numbers are difficult to determine, their scarcity contributes to their value among arcade enthusiasts and collectors. Depending on condition and other factors, a fully restored Moon Patrol arcade machine can fetch several thousand dollars on the collector’s market.

Moon Patrol arcade cabinets typically feature a standard JAMMA (Japan Amusement Machinery Manufacturers Association) board, a CRT monitor, joystick controls, and buttons for gameplay.

JAMMA board: Main circuit board responsible for running the game software.
CRT monitor: Display unit that showcases the game’s graphics.
Joystick and buttons: Input devices for controlling the lunar buggy within the game.
Power supply unit: Provides electrical power to the arcade cabinet’s components.
Wiring harness: Connects various components within the arcade cabinet, facilitating communication and power distribution.

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