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Lode Runner

Let’s give that nasty robot on your heels something to fall into.

License / Price:
Shareware / $4.99
Last Updated:
2010-05-25
Operating System:
Mac OS X
Publisher:
Hudson Software Company, Limited

Description of Lode Runner

EditByBrothersoft: Begin your underground Adventure with 50 levels of strategic action at standard difficulty before moving to the 60 levels found between the expert and master modes. In puzzle mode’s 20 levels, robots won’t besiege you, but the gold is fiendishly difficult to recover, putting your strategic thinking skills to the test.

If you’d rather try an altogether different sort of challenge, check out gold rush mode, in which you race through 5,000 or 10,000 yards of floors and ladders, grabbing as much gold as you can and avoiding robots along the way to your final destination. Just don’t fall behind or drop off the bottom of the screen. There’s also an endless option, if you don’t want a finish line.

This latest incarnation of Lode Runner builds on a long History stretching back to 1983 and its initial release on the Apple II, as well as other home computers of that era. It has attracted legions of fans along the way, including Tetris creator Alexei Pajitnov, who has said of it: “I consider it a real puzzle game. That was my favorite for many, many years. It’s such a good combination of dynamic stuff, the finger-work, and real planning and puzzle-solving … I can’t imagine any other game with such inventive and unusual design.”

Tips and Tricks
Holes can also serve as escape routes. Dig one and fall through it to Get away; you can still fall through even as it starts to fill up. You can fall from any height and not die. Robots never fall through holes, even if there’s no floor beneath them.

If a robot is too close to you, you won’t be able to dig a hole beneath its feet, so your only hope is to retreat. Luckily, you move faster than they do.

To trap a robot in a hole, you must time your dig so that the robot falls in just as the hole is starting to fill Again. It will become trapped and die, but watch out for its replacement, which will materialize at the top of the level.

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
Platform: N/A

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