Lode Runner

User Reviews

Landmark game in video game history! Apple II Frecklefoot (191)
I have many great memories from my Apple II days, this game takes place in most. PC Booter Erez Schatz (8)
Another variant of the "ladder" theme with customizable levels. PC Booter Olivier Masse (420)
Pioneer in the editing mode... NES Gustavo Henrique dos Santos (92)
A nice MSX game! MSX Gustavo Henrique dos Santos (92)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amstrad CPC 5 4.1
Apple II 22 4.2
Arcade 3 2.6
Atari 8-bit 7 4.1
Atari ST 6 4.2
BBC Micro 4 3.9
Commodore 64 16 3.8
DOS 8 4.2
FM-7 2 3.5
J2ME 4 3.9
Macintosh 5 3.4
MSX 6 4.3
NES 27 3.2
PC-6001 1 4.0
PC-88 3 3.8
PC-98 1 4.0
PC Booter 30 3.4
Sharp X1 2 3.8
SG-1000 2 4.0
VIC-20 3 4.0
Wii 3 4.5
Wii U 1 4.5
Windows Phone 3 4.4
WonderSwan 3 4.7
ZX Spectrum 9 4.4
Combined User Score 176 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Commodore 64Zzap!
Not one of the most recent games but certainly one of the best. There are loads of screens, masses of action and lots of variations to keep you going. The slightly offputting graphics turn out to allow you a relatively massive playing area with consequently more to do than usual. This will be a classic for a long time to come.
Atari 8-bitPower Play
Skeptiker mögen mir entgegenhalten, daß Grafik und Sound für heutige Verhältnisse recht mickrig sind. Doch Lode Runner beeindruckt mit anderen Qualitäten, wie zum Beispiel durch enorm viel Spielwitz und -spaß. Einige Goldbarren liegen so gut versteckt, daß man zunächst lange tüfteln muß, bevor gegraben wird - denn wer steckt schon gerne im Mauerwerk fest? Alles in allem ein tolles Spiel.
DOSASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Abgesehen vom CGA-Outfit ist Lode Runner also immernoch top. Haufenweise Fun wünschen wir Euch mit dem Räuber-und-Gendarm-Evergreen im Techno-Stil - mit oder ohne Bock.
Lode Runner's simple gameplay is part of what makes it so addictive and exciting--even today. Mind-teasing never goes out of style, and the fast-paced digging puzzles you'll face in Lode Runner make it one of the better Virtual Console releases, even if it's not as good as the original computer versions of the game. If any of this sounds remotely exciting, you may want to give Lode Runner a try.
Atari 8-bitThe Video Game Critic
Some stages will have you scratching your head trying to figure out how to reach buried chests. In terms of graphics, the characters are very small, but their animation is remarkably lifelike. I also like the game's unusual color scheme. Lode Runner is a quality title, but it tends to drag on for too long. Not only do you begin with five lives, but you receive extra lives on a regular basis. This is also one of the quietest games I've ever played, with no music and sparse sound effects. There are no passwords, but there is a level select. It may not look like much, if you're looking for a thinking man's platform game, Lode Runner will deliver the goods.
Apple IIMicro 7
Ramassant des objets comme dans Jumpman et creusant des trous comme dans « Apple panic », ce jeu d'escalade ne retiendrait pas l'attention si il s'en était arrêté là. Fort heureusement, ses 150 écrans différents demandent plus que de l'adresse pour être maîtrisée. De la stratégie (et de l'imagination !), il en faudra également pour se servir du générateur d'écrans nouveaux disponible dans Lode Runner.
NESVideo Game Den
There is nothing fundamentally and technically wrong with this version and it certainly brings its share of fun - but I would advice you to check on other Lode Runner titles before digging this one out.
Commodore 64Le Geek
A solid game that's missing "that certain something" that would make it great by today's standards. But if you are a fan of early 8-bit computer games, you really should try it.
ZX SpectrumSinclair User
Redesigning a screen is as simple as moving a cursor. You first select the object which you want to deposit on the screen. It can be a gold bar, or even yourself. Moving the drop cursor and pressing the fire button will put it on to the new setup. As for the rest of the game, you might just as well forget about it. The user definition is the most exciting aspect of it and anyone who can work their way through 150 screens of matchstick heroes deserves a prize for perseverance.
WiiNintendo Life
It’s hard to knock this game too hard because there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the gameplay on offer. Our recommendation would be to skip this and get Battle Lode Runner instead; only the most hardened NES gamer should be nostalgic enough to invest in this version.
There's no redeeming Lode Runner here, and no getting past the fact that investing just one dollar more for the already-available Battle Lode Runner would be a much wiser move. Download this one only if you're nostalgic for its original NES release. Otherwise, step up to the 600 Wii Point pricetag and grab the superior sequel.