Lode Runner is a puzzle platformer created by Douglas E. Smith and released initially for the Apple II, Commodore 64, Vic-20, and Atari 8-bit in 1983. It's one of the most popular ...
Lode Runner is a puzzle platformer created by Douglas E. Smith and released initially for the Apple II, Commodore 64, Vic-20, and Atari 8-bit in 1983. It's one of the most popular video games ever created.
Douglas Smith started working on the concept when he was still a student. The first version was called Kong, it was programmed in FORTRAN, and it was running on ASCII terminals (the hero was a dollar sign "$"). Trying to convince some publishers, he rewrote the game in 6502 Assembler, for the Apple II+, changing the name into Miner. But it was still black & white, with rough animations (despite stealing the frames of the running men from Dan Gorlin's Choplifter), so not good enough to publish it commercially. He accepted the offer from Brøderbund, taking $10,000 to finish the game, adding proper animations, sound effects, and 150 levels
Finally, at the end of 1982, a new version, with all the features requested by the publisher, was ready. To design all the levels, Smith asked some friends to help him. But to do that, he had to create a screen editor. This is why Lode Runner is one of the first games to include a proper level editor.
As you know, the goal of the game is to collect all the golds on the screen. You have to do that without getting caught by the guards.
Each level presents new puzzles, making the game progressively more difficult. Understanding the guards' AI, trying to trap them, is fundamental.
Lode Runner was hugely successful, and it was Brøderbund's second best selling game until 1987. Since its release, it was also ported to Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Amiga, BBC Micro, ZX Spectrum, and basically, all others home computers.
From GamesNostalgia you can download the Commodore 64 version, packed with the emulator and ready to be played!
Review by: Manu
Published: 8 December 2019, 1:47 pm
Commodore 64 version 1.2 - Language: EN - Size: 6.14 Mb
Commodore 64 version - Language: EN - Size: 6.06 Mb