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Apollo 18: The Moon Missions

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Title Screen

Apollo 18: The Moon Missions

Also known as: Apollo: The Moon Missions (in game)
Developer: AIM Software Ltd.
Publisher: Project Two Interactive BV
Platforms: Windows
Released in US: March 31, 1999

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To do:
Check to see if any of the videos and/or messages presented here actually show up in the game. This game is on the Internet Archive now if someone else wants to try and do it.

Apollo 18: The Moon Missions is an attempt at creating a realistic simulation of manning an Apollo space trip. The game comes on two disks: an FMV-heavy orientation section, and the flight simulation disk with additional training and the mission itself. The story is that an extra-terrestrial civilisation has left a message on some hardware at the Apollo 17 landing site, and the DOD wants to send someone up there to retrieve it.

Curiously, several sequels or possibly add-ons to this game were being planned - Apollos 19 through 24 - but virtually no information on these exist, although the existence of 19 was previously hinted at on producer Allan Kuskowski's website.


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Uncompiled Code
Mainly VB.Forms and output logs.
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Unused Graphics
In spades.

Unused Death Messages

In the simulators, clicking on the AOS indicator and typing in a swear word will get you booted out with the message "Watch your language..." Apparently doing so in the actual mission was supposed to lead to your death, with this message, located in LL7.EXE at address 0009B59E offset 9B5BA:

We notified the FCC regarding your blatant use of vulgarity on public airways, so we sent you wrong gimbal setting.  You are presently on course to Alpha-Centauri.  You should have enough freeze dried peas for the trip.  Bye...

There is also this message at address 0009B8AC offset 9B8B9, meant for somewhere around the landing phase.

When you go on vacation on Earth, you pack; you prepare yourself.  Now aren't you sorry that you weren't properly prepared for the lunar landing?  Oh well, it really doesn't matter now.  It was only two billion dollars... and your life!

Unused Text-to-Speech Messages

You have a specific set of messages to type to send to Mission Control (the only one you really need to type is "go"). A few other prompts were also recorded, but none of them are actually used.

Help Houston Houston, Apollo 18 Jettison Nominal Roger

Other Unused Voice Lines

These voice lines are never heard in the game (or at least under normal circumstances).

Filename File Dialogue
This is Apollo-Saturn Launch Control; we have an emergency situation. Mission is aborted.
4 minutes, 45 and counting.
This is Apollo-Saturn Launch Control; we are aborting the launch due to improper spacecraft configuration.
Apollo, we didn't copy.
This is NASA Test Director on channel 215, stand by for status briefing. All stations this net switch to channel 212 for conference.
This concludes our pre-launch check, advise MTD regarding anomalies on launch channel 215.
This is NASA Test Conductor on channel 212; this concludes our test simulation.
45 seconds and counting.
90 seconds and counting.
4 minutes, 15 seconds and counting.
T-5 minutes and counting.
Apollo 18, Houston; you're go at throttle-up.