Moon Patrol is another relic from the past of shooting video games. Moon Patrol was the beginning of the Parallax shooting in video games.
Moon Patrol places the player in a fictional city Luna City which is a hub for “toughest thugs in the galaxy”. Here the player controls a moon buggy that travels on the surface of the moon. While driving it, the player will encounter caters and aliens that need to be shot down to proceed successfully in the game.
Moon Patrol has a number of courses that are marked with English Alphabets. Each alphabet is a checkpoint and once you reach one checkpoint the player gets diverted to a new course. The screen displays a timeline style map of the course that also highlights the five major checkpoints. There are also three light indicators that alert the player with an upcoming aerial attack (Top Light), minefield (Middle light).
Successful completion of the stage of Moon Patrol gives the player 5000 bonus points and makes the player eligible for Championship Course. The championship course has loops forever and is numbered to make the player aware of a number of laps completed.
Moon Patrol is available for the Apple II, Commodore 64 and other older video games.