One of the better revival titles
. Lode Runner: The Legend Returns is more or less a graphical revamp
of Lode Runner
. However, the real strength
of this particular remake
is how faithful to the original it is. If you take away the graphics
and the new toys
, the game works exactly
the same as the old Lode Runner you remember from your Apple II
days. The Lode Runner runs, drills in front of him, climbs ladders
, clambors over ropes
, grabs gold
, and dodges monks
. And it all works exactly how you remember it
There's a few new toys, though. Bombs to blow away ground you can't get your drill gun around. Superbombs to blow away anything else. Jackhammers to get rid of that pesky indestructable land. Each adds to the game somehow, rather than detract from it, a rarity in remakes.
Add into the mix extremely smooth animation (Funny, too... right down to the monks losing balance and wildly flailing their arms before falling into a hole), a two-player mode (Which was expanded upon in Lode Runner Online: The Mad Monk's Revenge), and an easy-to-use and very nifty level editor, and you have a remake that sets the standard for remakes. A true classic.