High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Lunar Lander is the name of several video games. In all variations of the game, the player must portion a limited amount of fuel to land on the moon without crashing. Computer Gaming World described it as one of the first fun programs entry level programmers start with and continually improve upon as they improve their skills. Lunar Lander started as a text-based computer game and went by the names Rocket, Lunar, LEM, and Apollo. Lunar was originally written in FOCAL (a DEC language for the PDP-8) by Jim Storer while a student at Lexington (MA) High School in the fall of 1969.