Your mission is to land the Lunar Module on each of the red landing sites without running out of fuel or crashing. You may refuel at any blue landing site, though you will be rewarded with a better medal for refueling less. Any medal on a mission unlocks the next mission. When approaching at an adequate speed, the gauges on the right turn green.
The accelerometer is used to rotate the Lunar Module, and the THRUST button is used to accelerate it. So, to get to where you need to go, tilt the device in the desired direction, and hold the thrust button. If you want to slow down, tilt the device in the opposite direction, and hold the thrust button. It's that easy! Without thrusting, the Lunar Module will fall to the surface. If you're having trouble, please see the Hints section below or the YouTube videos here.
While you're flying a mission, the camera can be adjusted to make it easier for you to see where you're going. You can rotate the camera by dragging your finger across the landscape. Additionally, you can zoom in and out by pinching.
Though, if you can't be bothered to mess with the camera while flying the Lunar Module, pressing the landing site button in the lower left corner focuses the camera on the nearest landing site. Pressing again will cycle to the next-nearest landing site, and so on. The camera will continuously adjust to stay focused on the selected site, minimizing the camera attention required by you. Adjusting the camera manually (described previously) cancels the landing site auto-target.
Also, if you have to hold the iPod/iPhone at a strange angle to make the lander appear upright, then try this. Go to the options menu, and hold the device at the angle that seems natural for you. Press "SET", and then try the mission again. It should be much easier for you now.
Learn to land before you fly - It's safe to land anywhere on the surface of the moon. So, if at first you're having trouble flying to a landing site and landing on it, you may want to try landing on the surface right below where you start the mission. Once you can make a fairly slow descent to the surface and land there safely, it's probably alright for you to add in the flying around part.
Thrust a little less - A lot of people we see playing for the first time thrust waaaay too much. By the time they get over the first landing site, they're going so fast that it's impossible for them to stop. Newton's First Law of Motion applies, especially in space where there's no atmosphere - if you thrust a little bit in any direction, you're going to keep going in that direction unless you thrust in the opposite direction. So, little bursts of thrust will go a very long way, and it will be much easier to land if you can keep the lander at a speed you can control.
Don't guess where to go - Using the landing site auto-target button is extremely helpful, especially when you're almost out of fuel. Pressing it not only adjusts the camera, but it also draws a green line from the Lunar Module to the landing site. This helps eliminate flying in the wrong direction and using up precious fuel to readjust your flight path.
Reset the default Up orientation - If you have to hold the iPod/iPhone at an unnatural angle to make the lander sit upright (the four legs down), you can go to the Options menu and change it. Pressing SET while holding the device at the angle you want to be Up, should make things easier for you. Pressing the RESET button undoes this, if you liked it better before.
Need more help? - Check out some of the gameplay videos to see how WE play the game, or shoot one of us an email, and we'll be happy to help.
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