CES '08: XBLA digging up Lode Runner

Independent developer Tozai revamping classic platformer with polygonal graphics for release later this year on the Xbox 360.

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LAS VEGAS---A pretty easy way to gauge gamers' ages is to ask them if they played Lode Runner when it first came out. Today, though, gamers both young and old rejoiced at the announcement that the classic platformer is coming to Xbox Live Arcade later this year.

Today at Microsoft's tent-enclosed booth at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show, Xbox Live Arcade product manager Jeremy Wacksman showed off the XBLA Lode Runner to GameSpot. While Brøderbund's original was a primitive 2D platformer with flat graphics, the new version--from independent developer Tozai--reimagines the game in polygon form.

That said, the new Lode Runner offers nearly the same evade-and-collect gameplay that made the original a hit--in the primary journey mode, anyway. The revised edition adds two-person online or offline co-op, much like that found in other Xbox Live Arcade classic titles like Golden Axe.

Wacksman also said new version adds two other modes. First up is puzzle, which will have up to two players use their characters' ground-blasting ability to move elaborately stacked blocks and collect ore. The final mode, called hang on, will challenge up to four players to outlast one another as they are hit by wave after wave of endless foes. In a twist, players who die will come back to life as a reanimated zombie bent on killing the surviving players.

Last but not least, the XBLA Lode Runner will come with a timeline-based text history of the game, which first became popular in 1983 on the Apple II computer. Since then, it has appeared on nearly a dozen systems, including the Commodore 64, PC, NES, Game Boy, and Nintendo DS.

Discussion

41 comments
Dramacide
Dramacide

Used to spend hours playing this game on the videotron cable box!DAmn son!!

lamprey263
lamprey263

I just downloaded Omega Five and Metal Slug 3 last night :D it's going to be a while before I can get to Load Runner

andyrae11
andyrae11

Great. Turn a crappy game into another crappy game. Well, at least they are RECYCLING! Good for them.

jraziel1019
jraziel1019

Now get me an HD BurgerTime and we'll be in business!

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

I remember playing it on the Commodore. It will be good to play the ole' classic.

xerxes5678
xerxes5678

Sounds Good but... ...Turok XBLA plz.

PiNwOrM
PiNwOrM

AWESOME! I played Lode Runner 1 for hours on my old PC. Will deffinately buy.

GTKyle5
GTKyle5

The color version on PowerMac... god... the memories.

CodingGenius
CodingGenius moderator

I absolutely love Lode Runner. I would strongly consider picking it up...

zorn99
zorn99

Looks cool. I played the original on an A[pple IIe with a green monochrome monitor.

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

Sweet!!!! Loderunner was the very very very first video game that I ever played on PC or console. Ahh the memories..............can't wait for this one.

IMDLEGEND
IMDLEGEND

I remember the old classic on my apple IIe. I never finished it though, as it got quite mindbending towards the later levels.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

good game, hope they don't "tempest" this one

km1498
km1498

sounds good, can't wait to check it out.

hbelly
hbelly

Awesome! It's a great classic and I'm sure it's been translated to XBLA well. I've heard the multiplayer is a blast too!

SetsuOkun
SetsuOkun

i actually think it would be best to call online network as they are: psonlince xbox online etc than xmb xbl x whatever

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

My favorite version was the old Sierra version for PC back in 1995. That was great. Not sure how I came by it, though.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

If we could just make a fan translation of the DS one... Been over a year, no sign they'll do it.

guppieface
guppieface

i played the original on my apple II. very nostalgic for me, i actually wish they had the original game with no updated graphics. i love the old apple II games....

Ryo_Kensen
Ryo_Kensen

I remember playing one of the Lode Runners, I'm not sure which one it was though. I do remember enjoying it though. :D

Tamashii-sosaku
Tamashii-sosaku

I remember completing Lode Runner on the NES. When you find out that Lode Runner is actually Bomber Man. Same as if you comlete Bomber Man he turns into Loder Runner at the end.

Rasserei
Rasserei

I am so down to play that~

Whiteboy1102
Whiteboy1102

Hope they have that level editor from the PS1 version. This game is so addicting. Used to have this on my old Mac in like 95' along with Power Pete.

HalfEVILmonkey
HalfEVILmonkey

Im going to have a lode runner in my pants here in a little while....if you know what I mean

cutmaclass1
cutmaclass1

Is Lode Runner anything like Blade Runner? If so, I'm in.

stompoutloud
stompoutloud

I really liked the N64 version of Lode Runner. Great 3d style graphics but still the same great 2d gameplay.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Had this on the Apple II a million years ago. I wonder if they'll throw the level editor in like they did back in the day.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

Golden Axe was a disapointment...but I'll still playu loderunner. wonder if they have the same level editor

APOLLOCJD
APOLLOCJD

360 keeps gettin better. PSN learn from this.

OremLK
OremLK

Awesome! Now they just need to get Commander Keen out there, and I'll be happy.

Roland1225
Roland1225

Everytime anyone ever asked what old school game I wanted to come to XBL I have always said Lode Runner! I am sooo excited for this.

Pittfan666
Pittfan666

Great news. I was trying to get Lode Runner to install on my laptop with windows vista but sadly I ran into troubles transfering the files from my desktop that runs xp to my laptop. Great timing for me seeing as that I was dieing to relive such a great classic recently.