Lunar Rescue has been missing for some time and has been missing from Gamebase 64 for some time. It was advertised by Mr Chip in around 1983/84 time and featured in an advert in Home Computing Weekly.
A game of the same name was released for the Vic 20 by Rabbit Software, and Mr Chip did offer Rabbit Software based games at the time for sale. Was it a conversion of the Vic 20 game? If so, we are looking at a simple title which has your ship falling to a planet surface, where you can land on a number of pads with X2, X3 etc for points. Very similar to Jupiter Lander, but with an asteroid belt you must fall through.
Information was very sparse, but in July 2019, contributor Marco Das located a copy of the game which was released by Aacksoft in the Netherlands. The company had released all of the Mr Chip games back in the day according to Marco.
So here is a copy of the game for you to check out, which is a simple Lunar Lander clone. The game was indeed released, but just seems to have snuck out in very small numbers. Therefore it isn’t really a GTW at all, but one that is now finally preserved and can be crossed off the list.
Contributions: Marco Das
28/07/19 – Game found + preserved and case closed.
I found the Aackosoft version from the netherlands. As they released all mr. chip games this one would be released too. Will send it to your mail.
Thanks Marco, that’s great work! I’ll get the game added to the site now and close that one off.
Found an old advertisement from Mr. Chip. Here’s a scan. It contains the artwork and box for the Lunar Rescue title. Perhaps it was a very poor vic20 conversation and they scrapped it, but possibly (or most hopefully lol) a few samples leaked out to the audience, some magazine writers. At least the original artwork seems to be made. Now let’s search out the artist that Mr. Chip used and get him to spill the beans :D
Got to say I love these little hunts for old databytes aka games as most people call them.
Thanks HBH, great find! I do wonder if it was the Rabbit Software game of the same name, another possibility is that it was Shaun Southern who did it. We’ll see hopefully in time :)