A downloadable game for Windows

Fly the lander through the caves to land on the target pad before your fuel runs out. Avoid hazards such as falling rocks, gas jets, and lava. Land too hard and you'll damage your lander, stranding it in the cave. Points are awarded each mission based on the amount of fuel remaining in your lander. Earn awards for each mission based on points and precision landing. Medals are awarded for completing challenges throughout the game.


  • Fast-paced, techno soundtrack
  • Minimalist retro graphics
  • In-game achievements
  • Difficulty options for all skill levels
  • Two types of control mechanics: Simple and Sticky
  • Levels increase in difficulty


Use the arrow keys or W-A-D to control the Lander. In sticky control mode, use numbers 1-0 to set thrust level.

Press Escape to pause the game.

Press Z to capture and save a screen shot to your Users/<your name>/AppData/Local/Cave Lander/Screens folder.

System Requirements

OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10

Graphics: 128MB


Level Graphics: Blarget 2

Font: Grand Chaos Productions

Sounds: xhunterko, TinyWorlds

Music: Matthew Pablo, Snabisch, Section 31, Mr. Poly, Oddroom, Deceased Superior Technician, FoxSynergy

Cave Lander was made with GameMaker:Studio.

Some graphics and sounds used under Creative Commons by 3.0 License, all others are public domain or made by Jezla.

Copyright © 2016 Jeffrey Howard, All Rights Reserved

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
Made withGameMaker: Studio
Tags2D, cave-flyer, chiptune, free, GameMaker, Gravity, Minimalist, Pixel Art, Retro, Space
Average sessionAbout an hour

Install instructions

Single executable file. Run the application to play!


Cave Lander.exe 24 MB


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Would you please share the source code for us programmers looking to learn? 

Sorry, I don't want to post the source.

No problem, that's your right! Thanks for sharing the game! 

This was harder than I thought but a cool different game.


Nice game you made! Thx.

Thanks for playing!

Awesome work, being a lunar lander, thrust, r3 and gravity force fan this was a lovely game to play



Good game. Very fun to play.

Thank you!

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