Lode Runner: The Legend Returns is a 1994 remake of 1982’s Lode Runner video game. It was released for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Sega Saturn, and Sony PlayStation.
Lode Runner: The Legend Returns Gameplay
Lode Runner: The Legend Returns is played in a single frame and includes many different elements such as ground, ladders, treasure, items, and villains. The goal is to collect all of the treasure while avoiding touching any of the monks and making it to the exit.
Devices that can only be picked up and used one at a time are among the new additions. Snare traps, incapacitating sprays, jackhammers, two types of bombs, pickaxes (which create a pile of rock from the ceiling, preventing enemies from advancing), and buckets filled with goo are among the devices available.
The game also brings back several varieties of “turf” from the original Lode Runner, as well as introduces a new one. In addition to regular turf, which can be dug through with the player’s blaster, there is nostalgic bedrock (which can only be penetrated with a jackhammer or a larger bomb, which, unlike small bombs, permanently destroys turf or any other item in the level except the exit) and trapdoor turf, which looks like regular turf but is actually empty space. Another type of turf is introduced: gooey turf, which slows both the player and his enemies’ movement.
The Legend Returns has 150 single-player levels divided into ten “worlds”: Moss Caverns (jungle), Fungus Delvings, the Lost City of Ur (ancient world), the Crystal Hoard, Winter’s Dungeon (ice world), Skeleton’s Keep (fossil world), Inferno’s Playground (lava world), Shimmering Caverns (phosphorus world), Shadowlands (dark world), and Meltdown Metropolis (industrial world). While the majority of the levels take place during the day, the levels in Shadowlands take place at night, when the entire screen is pitch black except for a moving circular patch of light within which the player can be seen. There are also 30 levels for two players. The two Shadowlands levels in this mode aren’t completely dark.
Lode Runner includes a level editor, which allows several levels to be combined into a single group of levels, as well as the ability to switch between different tilesets. Regardless of the tileset, the editor can set the level tonight or day and change the background music.
Download Lode Runner: The Legend Returns
We might have the game available for more than one platform. Lode Runner: The Legend Returns is currently available on these platforms:
Text instructions (how to play on Windows)
- Click on the download button above. It should redirect you to your download (a .zip file). Make sure you download the file properly and that your internet does not disconnect while downloading.
- Extract the “Lode_Runner_The_Legend_Returns_DOS” folder to your desktop. You will need software such as WinRAR to do this.
- Download DOSBox and put a shortcut for DOSBox onto your desktop.
- Open the “Lode_Runner_The_Legend_Returns_DOS” folder and then open the “Game Files” folder.
- Drag the file called “LODERUNN” on top of the DOSBox icon and the game should now launch in DOSBox.
- Enjoy the game!
Lode Runner: The Legend Returns Screenshots