Just a week ago, we had the introduction of the new Moon in Google Earth. A few days later we saw the release of the basic Lunar Rover game. And, now, an awesome lunar lander game by the same guy who brought you the fantastic ships simulator game back in May. Leveraging the tools he had developed for Ships, Paul van Dinther has created a fun lunar lander game which includes sounds and instruments, and lets you test your skills at landing the Apollo 11 Eagle lander. The game, called Apollo 11 Moon Lander , uses real audio clips from the Apollo missions, and has some nice touches when you run out of fuel, or land too hard. Moon Lander really shows off the power of the Google Earth API for games and simulators. Here’s a short video demo showing a successful landing:
Tips: Use Space bar to fire the engine. Use left and right arrow keys to rotate the lander. Land with the arrow inside the green area for your vertical speed. To get some practice, click the Unlimited fuel checkbox below. Advanced users: try using the up and down arrow keys. Also, on my computer, Firefox runs considerably better than Chrome for the GE plugin. Your results may vary.
Google Earth Blog had a hand in testing and providing feature suggestions during Paul’s development of the game. Paul is a talented developer and develops simulation software professionally. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to leave comments here. Paul will be checking for feedback. I think he’s done a great job!