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Originally released only in Japan on the PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16), Battle Lode Runner is a sequel to Lode Runner and its major draw is a 5 player mode. Players move around several platforms collecting gold. Various enemies inhabit the levels, and the player, armed with a drill, attempts to drill holes to capture the enemies. Unfortunately, this does not defeat the enemies, only disables them for a short time. After a few seconds, the enemies respawn and resume their chase of the player.

The five-player option was new to any incarnation of Lode Runner, and operates in a very similar manner to Bomberman, except with hole drilling instead of bombing.


Battle Lode Runner TurboGrafx-16 Title screen
Battle Lode Runner TurboGrafx-16 Game in progress

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Battle Lode Runner Screenshot
Battle Lode Runner Screenshot
Battle Lode Runner Screenshot
Battle Lode Runner Screenshot

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Defunct Games Apr 29, 2007 A- 91
Mega Fun Apr, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Video Game Den Jun 10, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games Apr, 1993 61 out of 100 61


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ShakeWell (28) added Battle Lode Runner (TurboGrafx-16) on Sep 26, 2007
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