A true sequel to the original Lode Runner
Lode Runner 1 is about an intrepid explorer (some might even call the protagonist a thief, but you shouldn’t listen to them) in search of chunks of gold scattered across what looks like an industrial facility in the first bunch of levels. The progression in terms of how difficult the level is happens slowly. A lot of the initial levels are simply about collecting all the gold and walking away with it. After a certain point though, the game shows that it can be more challenging than you had thought it would be.
Guard bots abound and they look a lot like the Big Dog robot created by Boston Dynamics. This terrifying creature will not simply pace in a narrow part of the board, waiting for you to perhaps drop by. It will actively follow you around and the only way to stop it is by trapping it for a while. The protagonist is equipped with a brick blasting gun and can destroy certain portions of the platforms themselves.
This comes in handy while trying to get to the treasure and while dealing with the guard bots. There are also a number of characters to be unlocked and each of these have a certain special ability, like being able to climb poles faster. The art in this game can best be described as intricate. You can see the entire level at once because the characters and the design is quite compact. You can even create your own levels in the level editor and take part in championships or customize a level. These bonuses are unlocked as you keep playing. Lode Runner 1 is a refreshing take on platformers and a great reworking of the classic Lode Runner. Thus, the game warrants the space on your phone and the time it will take to finish it.
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Anusha "Trillian" Sinha
Anusha Sinha was a harmless little Clefairy before she read Crime and Punishment. Now she thinks she is some sort of extraterrestrial ninja. She is an expert in the arts of mosquito-racquet wielding, being a silent grammar Nazi and karate. She spends her time contemplating the greatness of Miniatur Wunderland and the transient nature of human life, in equal measure.