Lunar Lander is, in theory, a remarkably simple game. The object? You have to navigate your ship, the Eagle, safely onto the surface of the moon. In order to do this successfully, you must manipulate the ship with just the right amount of thrust and velocity, and land at an appropriate spot so as not to crash your ship.
This 1979 game by Atari is something of a classic for owners of home gaming systems like the Atari 2600. For many, Lunar Lander was one of the first video games they ever owned. Now, thanks to software systems like MAME, the games are playable once more–this time on your home computer system.
Downloading Lunar Lander for Use with MAME
MAME is an acronym for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. It is a piece of software that emulates various hardware gaming machines, like the Atari 2600. You can find MAME software for many operating systems, like Windows (MAME32), Macintosh OS (MacMAME), Linux (XMAME) and others.
MAME essentially serves as a host for various game ROM codes. If you wanted to play Lunar Lander, for instance, you could download the appropriate MAME software for your computer (a free download, incidentally). Once that is installed, you can download the ROM for Lunar Lander, which you can license for a remarkably small fee. The licensing fee ensures that you are using the trademarked characters and game sounds legally, and that the creators and distributors of the game get their due.