Meteor Mission 2

Advertisement for Meteor Mission published in 80 Microcomputing

From an advertisement in 80 Microcomputing

Title: Meteor Mission 2
Author: Bill Hogue and Jeff Konyu
Publisher: Big Five Software
Released: 1980
Compatibility: Model I and III, disk and tape
Sound: Yes
Voice: No
Joystick: Yes

Meteor Mission 2 was based on Lunar Rescue, which was released by Taito in 1979, although it differs from it in many ways. Despite the name, Meteor Mission 2 is not a sequel to Bill Hogue‘s earlier Meteor Mission. Amusingly, the first Alpha Products advertisement to feature Meteor Mission 2 mistakenly used pictures from Meteor Mission instead.

Title screen for Meteor Mission 2

Title screen
Instructions screen for Meteor Mission 2

Instructions

The goal is to rescue astronauts who are stranded on the surface at the bottom of the screen. Your mission has two parts: the first is to pilot the spaceship and land it on one of the landing pads at the bottom of the screen. The second part is to carry the rescued astronaut to the space station at the top of the screen. To complicate matters, meteors move constantly through the playing field. You ship will be destroyed if you hit a meteor.

Unlike Lunar Lander, there is no need to slow down the spaceship before it touches the landing pad. In fact the landing speed makes no difference at all. The only ways to crash are to hit a meteor, the sides, or the ground.

Start of descent in Meteor Mission 2

Starting the descent
A safe landing in Meteor Mission 2

A safe landing and rescue

After landing and rescuing an astronaut, you need to ascend to the Space Station. The lander climbs gradually, but you can increase the speed by using the fire button. The fire button also fires a shot, which allows you to destroy asteroids that are in your way. You can gain points by shooting the asteroids, but moving to try to intercept meteors increases the difficulty.

Occasionally, an asteroid will start flashing. After flashing for a while, the asteroid will turn into a Flagship. The Flagship doesn’t shoot at you, but it does get in the way as it moves across the screen. It is worth many extra points, but mostly serves as a distraction.

After a certain point in the game, meteor showers start appearing. These showers are very frustrating, because there often isn’t time to get out of their way before they hit you.

Ascending to the space station in Meteor Mission 2

Ascending to the space station
Rescue bonus in Meteor Mission 2

Bonus after successful rescue

After you rescue all of the astronauts, the round ends and you receive a bonus. The landing pads are rebuilt and the process starts again.

Comments

  1. Ken Page says:

    Giday! Fantastic web site!. Thank you so much for keeping it online.

    Our Retro computing group recently got a System 80 and X4010 expansion box.

    We hope to fully restore it as time allows and display it at different public venue’s.

    Will be looking for help to make the remaining cables and learn what disk drives can be interfaced etc.

    Keep up the good work!

    ~Ken. Sj of the RCC~
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