The Broderbund game Lode Runner
was great for several reasons:
yerricde informs me that on the NES version the monks were "bombermen".
- it had 150 different levels!
- you could create your very own levels make 'em easy just for fun, make 'em tough and drive your friends crazy!
- it was the first game I knew of to use keys other than a, z, and the left and right arrows for control*
(Lode Runner used the keys j and l for left and right, i and k for up and down)
- between levels or lives you got a cool circular transition effect although truth be told, sometimes you sat there saying "come on, come on, hurry up!"
- you could dig through bricks to carve your own escape path
- you could climb ladders, speed hand-over-hand across horizontal poles, fall outrageous spans that would kill mere mortals, dig through brick, run across ladders placed side by side why, you didn't even miss the lack of a "jump" command.
- monks could pick up your gold, hiding it from your view; the only way you would know was that you couldn't actually leave the level until you got all of the gold. If there was no gold on the screen and you couldn't leave, then you'd say to yourself
"Heh heh, ooooookay... I see the game you guys are playing. Alright, which one of you guys has my gold?!"
* Note: after much use and/or abuse, the "right arrow" key on our Apple ][+ was a bit hinky; to make it work you had to press it down hard and kind of grind it around. This made the key pretty much useless for games since the bad guys in games were never that understanding or patient.