Abandonware DOS title

Lode Runner

Lode Runner is a classic video game that was first created by Douglas E. Smith in 1983. Originally, Lode Runner was developed for the Apple II, and later versions were released for various other platforms, including DOS, the Commodore 64, Atari, and others.
In Lode Runner, the player controls a character who must navigate through levels filled with platforms and ladders while avoiding enemies. The main objective is to collect all the treasures scattered throughout the level.
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4.28 / 5.00 (142 votes)

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Main executable game file: loderunn/lode.com.

DOS games can't run on Windows. You need a DOS emulator like DOSbox or D-Fend Reloaded. Follow these instructions to play DOS games on Windows 10 or later systems.

Lode Runner review

PC Magazine (1984): "Not only is Lode Runner a whole lot of fun; it also challenges the mind and creativity of the user by providing a glimpse into the artistry of creating a computer game. I am constitutionally opposed to awarding a perfect score to anyone or anything, but Lode Runner comes very close. It could use a few touch-ups on sound effects and perhaps more representative packaging. On PC Magazine's game rating scale, Lode Runner runs off with a lot of gold."


Additional info about Lode Runner

Status: abandonware
Input: joystick, keyboard
Distributed on: 5,25 floppy disk
Also published for: Apple II, Atari 8-bit, C64, VIC-20, NES, ZX Spectrum, MSX, Atari ST, BBC Micro, PlayStation, SNES, Amstrad CPC, Game Boy
Abandonware DOS views: 23905
Series: Lode Runner is part of the Lode runner series.
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  • More levels 04/12/2022 00:30
    "i only need more levels"
    You can make more with the game! just use a black 'B' disk in drive 'B' for the levels.
  • igora 14/10/2019 20:12
    Love the game...43 right now, still playing it, even brought back a 386 to live, thing crashed...anyway had a really good time then and now. i only need more levels.
    I know there are more.
  • Dustysilicon 28/05/2015 19:43
    At the time of it's release, Bill Gates stated it was his favorite game.
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