App Review: LunarModule3D by J-Squared Software
LunarModule 3D by J-Squared Software is a very well designed flight simulator app in which you get to pilot your very own lunar module. Af first, I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy trying to land a space module. The first few times I tried, I crashed the module pretty hard. However, once I played the game a few times, I was impressed with this app. I have never actually flown anything, but it seemed to me that the app simulated flight in the moon’s low gravity very well.
There are 9 different missions for you to complete. You must earn a medal for each level to unlock the next one. To complete each mission, you must land the lunar module at each of the red landing sites without crashing or running out of fuel. After the first two levels there are also blue landing sites. You do not need to land on these to complete the level, but you will probably need to, as these are the only landing sites that can refuel your lunar module. However, you can get a better medal for the levels you complete if you refuel less often. Keep an eye on the gas gauge on the left of the screen. Don’t run it too low. To compete a successful landing, you have to land the module at an appropriate angle and at a slow enough vertical and horizontal speed to avoid breaking the lunar module.
The controls for the lunar module are easy to pick-up on, but difficult to master. The lunar module has only a single thruster on the bottom controlled by the “thrust” button in the lower right corner of the screen. To control the direction of the lunar module, tilt your device and tap the thrust button. the direction that the module is turned determines the direction that it will move it. On the right side of the screen there are also gauges for vertical speed, horizontal speed, and altitude. These gauges are the best guide for flying the lunar module towards the landing sites. The speed gauges turn from green to red when your speed is outside the acceptable levels for landing.
In the lower left corner of the screen is a camera button. When you tap this button, the camera will focus on the nearest landing site. It will also draw a red line on the screen from the current lunar module location to the landing site. This camera is indispensable in finding the landing sites. They are hard to spot on your own on the screen. You can also get an idea of the layout of the landing sites and the task ahead from the map on the screen.
LunarModule3D is an amazingly realistic game that brings the experience of flying on the moon right to your fingertips.
Developer’s Website: http://lunarmodule3d.com/