Ted Thompson has released PlanetFall, a unique take on the traditional “lunar lander” game that was first developed in 1969 in which players must safely land a spacecraft on the moon. Thompson previously wrote PlanetFall in 1984 for the TI-99/4a, then the Coleco Adam, before adapting it to the Apple II in 2023 (with code from Nibble and Assembly Lines). It has some unique features: “It has random elements in the startup parameters of any given round, and the random selection of a ‘target planet’ from a list of five possible bodies (none of which are the Earth’s Moon),” according to the documentation.

A disk image of PlanetFall is available in GitHub.

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