Lunar Lander was a classic arcade game released in 1979 that became so popular that it spawned an entire genre of similar games. The idea is incredibly straightforward: You only have to use 2 buttons to control the two thrusters of a spaceship. Your goal is to navigate the ship to avoid obstacles in the surrounding environment and land it safely in the designated spot.

Still, despite the simplicity, the game got many hooked as there’s just something so especially entertaining about getting hold of the physics and guide the ship to the ground in one piece. But have you ever wondered what would happen if someone were to take the basic idea of Lunar Lander, modernize it, and then put it on mobile? Turns out, someone did, and the result is Solar Explorer: New Dawn. Check out the trailer below to see what it’s about.

Originally launched on Steam in September 2018, New Dawn is still Lunar Lander, but with a much more intensive take. You’ll have to maintain perfect control of the ship as it enters the atmosphere, then slow down when you get close to the planet’s surface – avoiding debris all the while – before finally adjusting the thrusters to make the ship land safely.

Solar Explorer: New Dawn features 40 different missions, which span across 6 planets of the Inner Solar System: The Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Phobos, and Deimos. Naturally, each planet offers unique challenges thanks to a realistic physics simulation system employed by the developer based on actual science.

Solar Explorer Planet
Overcome 40 challenging levels across multiple planets

Moreover, simply landing your ship is just the beginning of the journey, as your ultimate goal in New Dawn is to actually colonize these uninhabited worlds. As you progress, you’ll also be able to unlock tons of customization options for your ship.

 Solar Explorer: New Dawn
Plenty of options to customize your spaceship

As confirmed by developer Dwarf Cavern, Solar Explorer: New Dawn is coming to iOS next week on the 20th of May as a premium release with a price of $2.99 (Rs 210). Naturally, that means there will be no ads nor IAP.