Hunter's Moon

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Hunter's Moon
Title images and intro of the game
Game No. 85
Developer Martin Walker Dan Phillips
Company Thalamus
Publisher Thalamus
Musician Matt Gray
HVSC-File MUSICIANS\G\Gray_Matt\Hunters_Moon.sid
Release 1987
Platform C64
Genre Shoot'em Up, Multi-Scrolling
Gamemode Single player
2 players (in turns)
Operation {{{Width}}}{{{Width}}} C64-icon.png
Media Icon disk525.pngTape-icon.png
Language Language:english
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7.35 points at 17 votes (rank 237).
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C64Games 7 07th January 2009 - "Very good" - 1844 downs
Lemon64 7,8 07th January 2009 - 56 votes
Powerplay 60% Edition 4/88
ZZap64 92% Edition 88/02


Description[edit]

You are the captain of a small spaceship named Hunter, which is tough. Equipped with strong laser beams you fly through space, but unfortunately you got lost in a black hole and now you are in a strange galaxy. Here you find cities that get constantly rebuild by white balls as soon as you destroy them. These are controlled by round starcells. Your only chance to get out of there is to take over all the cities by destroying the starcells.


Excerpt from the manual:

Memlog Hunter.9/thmw1:

Neat, my little ship. Good name: Hunter. Small and nifty, and it packs some punchy fire power. I'm damned well going to need it, aren't I. Got a bit carried away putting Hunter through its paces. Never took that Black Hole seriously enough. Warped me straight here, or where? All I can see are endless crystal constructions, hive-like cities in space surrounding what look like starcells. On-board comp tells me they control those blobs which seem to endlessly reconstruct the cities... Oh yes, I've had a quick exploratory foray into the nearest hive. It was quick, because some of those blobs shoot back. Any damage I cause is repaired already, and the hive sits there gleaming and glistening like new. On board comp tells me that the only way home is to take on each and every one of these crystal cities. Some hope! But then, do I want to get back? Hell, I can't just sit out my days here admiring the view, can I? They don't call my psychoblaster for nothing - I'd better prove them right...

Design[edit]

The graphics are done well with versatile shapes and colours. The ship can be played in different colours and is animated very nicely during explosion, collecting starcells etc. During the game there are appropriate effects and in the intro while the title screen is shown you can hear a nice tune. The screens scroll fluently and endlessly (after a while you arrive where you have started).

... the ship explodes and a life is lost

Hints[edit]

In the title screen you can fade in a small menu where you can switch between 1 or 2 players and change the music settings.

The game contains 16 starmaps with altogether 128 levels. In every level one or more starcells need to be collected to get on. For this you need to enter the coloured cities and are not allowed to collide with white elements or elements of any colour. White elements or city parts can shoot - and that into 8 different directions. Shortly after the start of the level and after collecting a starcell the ship glows for a short time – for this time it is protected against shots – but not against collisions. For a permanent protection a shield can be switched on, the number of uses is limited, however.

different levels


Division of the screen[edit]

Upper bar

Huntersmoon Playscore.jpg 1st or 2nd player and number of points
Huntersmoon High.jpg Highscore

Lower bar

Hunters Loopspace.jpg Loopspace coordinates
Hunters Status.jpg Status symbol:
P – Pause,
R/C/T – Motor type,
8-0 – Countdown for flashing starcells,
8-0 – Number of enemies left during the bonus level
Hunters Level.jpg Level number
Hunters Radar.jpg Radar – it shows all starcells that have not been collected
as white dots (this is important in levels with hidden starcells
so-called darkcells), especially in the levels with the darkcells
the radar is not always exact, so you need to drive a bit
around the shown place to collect the cell.
Hunters Shield.jpg Number of available permanent shields
Hunters Lives.jpg Lives – every 10.000 points you get a life

In the middle of the screen everything happens: here the screen scrolls - you can scroll vertically as well as horizontally in circles into all directions - or a starmap is shown.

Controls during the game[edit]

On the way:

  • Joystick in any direction – ship goes into the corresponding direction
  • Fire button – shoot
  • Run/Stop  – Pause mode

From the pause mode:

  • Q  – end game
  • Fire button – continue playing
  • Move joystick – main menu

In the main menu
Here the following options are available:

  • Engines
  1. Retros
  2. Cruise
  3. Turbo
  • Respray
  1. Silver
  2. Cobalt
  3. Gold
  4. Adapted
  • Shields
By choosing this point the shield will be activated
  • Offduty
a kind of screen saver starts for the pause mode; by pressing the fire button the colour of the shown animation can be changed, with the C=  key you end the pause mode.

Each of the points are accessed by joystick up/down and left/right, an option is chosen by pressing the fire button.

A starmap is done, when the starcells in all levels of the map have been collected. Another possibility to change to another starmap is to gain all characters of the Loopspace coordinates before all levels have been played; this way easy levels can be shortened:

As soon as the level starts, all starcells are shown as white dots on the radar. One of the cells will flash for a certain time - this time will be counted down in the lower bar (from 8 to 0). If you collect the flashing starcell before the time is over, you receive a character of the four-digit code. This can be repeated in the same level after losing a life. When the time is over the shortage for the motor type is displayed there again.

The starmaps[edit]

After every level you will be shown the starmap. On the left side you see the structure of the star system. Here you can choose the next level that you want to play by moving the joystick in the corresponding direction - often the order is specified by the serial connection of the levels. You choose the level by switching to it by joystick (the number of the chosen level is shown in the lower bar) and pressing the fire button. On the right side you can see the number of the starmap, the number of unknown and cleared levels. Furthermore the current position of the Hunter is shown. If the white dot for the current position is missing, either all levels have been completed or the Loopspace coordinates are complete - you will be sent to the bonus level.


... starmap

Bonus level[edit]

After every star system there is a bonus level, which is chosen randomly from 8 different bonus levels. Here the ship is fixed in the middle of the screen. It can only turn around itself and shoot in any direction. Around the ship white balls circle, which leave coloured traces and shoot. You need to destroy all the white balls (the current number is shown in the lower bar). If you make it, you will get a life. If you don't make it and you are hit by a shot, you will loose a life (but not if you don't have any left).


... Bonus Level

Solution[edit]

  • Not all the elements can be shot and sometimes you need to find other possibilites to reach the starcells.
  • Many white balls that rebuild the cities move with a certain pattern, but this is not always the case!

Cheats[edit]

  • Pokes (not tested)
- Cheat Mode         POKE 8955,165   POKE 8155,165   
- Unlimited Lives    POKE 8155,234   POKE 8156,234   SYS 6412
  • To start the game on Level 10, plug in a joystick into port 1 then push UP while pressing fire.

Critics[edit]

Camailleon: "A shooter which also requires skill and strategy to reach the aim. Unfortunately, I could only make it into the 5th star system until now, as in the higher levels it really gets hard. I like the graphics and effects very much and it is always fun to play."

TheRyk: "The name Thalamus stands for quality, especially concerning Shoot'Em Ups. Hunter's Moon is a nice variety in several respects. It is fun to break through defensive rings with mulitscrolling and systematic puzzling, litheness and fire power, instead of only dully keeping pressed P for peace and pounding hectically vertical or horizontal levels as always. Hunter's Moon is a good mixture of innovative and intuitive, despite of being different it is not unnecessarily complicated as other games of this genre at that time. By the great finish in graphics and sound, it gets a real top game, which deserves 9 points from me, although I should practice a bit."

Robotron2084: "If you like deliberate manoeuvring around and pixel-exact steering through wall openings paired with tardy controls, you will do a somersault with Hunter's Moon. But also fans of attackers that materialize next to you without warning and start shooting will appreciate this game. Title screen and sound are impressively well done, but the clumsiness of the own ship, the jerky missiles of the enemies and the unnecessarily complicated controls of the shield annoy me. The learning by heart of the hostile moving patterns and in which section one can easiest collect the four parts of the code could not enthuse me. Hunter's Moon does act as a stimulant for me as much as a mouthful of lukewarm valerian tea (but from a designer cup)... some sleepy 6 out of 10 points."

Miscellaneous[edit]

Cover[edit]

"Front Cover" "Back Cover"

Bonus material[edit]

On the original disk there are also the following demos:

  • Serpent+Sample
  • Alien Pic
  • Hunter's Moon Pic
  • Hawkeye Pic 1
  • Xenophobia Pic 1

Highscore[edit]

Topscore of Camailleon
  1. Camailleon - 48.650 (09.03.2011)
  2. Robotron2084 - 23.350 (18.11.2010)
  3. TheRyk - 12.500 - 2 (11.03.2011)
  4. Blubarju - 12.250 (05.04.2012)
  5. Werner - 6.375 (07.01.2009)

#2 Robotron2084 #3 TheRyk
#2 Robotron2084 #3 TheRyk


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