Apollo 18: M.T.T.M.

• Publisher: Accolade
• Developer:
Release Date: 1987
Code: Philip Armstrong
GFX: Rick Banks
Music: Paul Butler

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 81%


FILE: apollo18end.zip

> APOLLO 18: Mission to the Moon by Accolade

Completed by Brendan Phoenix
• Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi & Brendan Phoenix

Unfortunately, I over-complicated things for this ending by asking Brendan if he could complete it again and leave me a few seconds before the ending started so that I could generate a .PRG file using my Action Replay Cartridge. I really can be a thicko sometimes and I owe an apology to Brendan for messing him around (sorry Brendan). Brendan did complete the game again for me, but I still couldn't convert the ending to a .PRG file, and so his efforts went to waste :( I have now reverted back to the original .VSF file that Brendan kindly sent, which will only work on WinVice (sorry CCS64 users).

Anyway ... here, finally, is the spectacular ending to Apollo 18 ...

Hmmm ... looks like a Speccy screenshot to me.

#three me when to moe, when to moe a meadow#

Superb ending speech. The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Not only did Brendan complete this game once without a cheat, he completed it again just for me :) Cheers Brendan.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: The ending starts with an image of the space capsule falling to earth. Suddenly, there is a message from Mission Control: "Radio contact re-established; carrier on its way". We are then treated to an image of the astronauts, which is accompanied by the American national anthem (yawn). The screen then changes to a message that reads: 'CONGRATULATIONS APOLLO!!'. The real cool part is more digitised speech that says: "Congratulations, Apollo, on a successful mission".


  • Vinny: I was quite amazed when I first saw this ending; I was expecting something inferior, and so it was a pleasant surprise. The screens look like Speccy ports, but the speech is seriously cool and add atmosphere of the ending.

    Funnily enough, I had already decided that I was going to give this an 8/10; and then I saw Brendan's review, which seemed to confirm my sentiments.
  • Brendan: Found out that your final mission score goes towards whether you make a successful landing or not - so had to play from scratch with no cheats. Very tough game.

    Lots of sampled speech throughout the game and it's nice that this continues in the end sequence. Nice static picture of your capsule coming down. Sampled speech over this confirming radio contact made and help on it's way. Cuts to a scene of the smiling crew with a short snippet of the USA national anthem. The words 'Congratulations Apollo' appear with more sampled speech adding to this that you had a good mission.

    I personally this this is a fitting ending to a class game. 50/50 about whether it deserves a GM or not, but would say it's an 8/10 as the bear minimum. 

FINAL SAY: It's a good'un.

G.E. RATING: 8 / 10

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