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    Lode Runner

    Lode Runner is a 2D platform/Puzzle game from 1983 created by Douglas Smith. It is one of the first games to include a level editor tool for players to create their own levels. Play Lode Runner online!

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    The Bungeling Empire has stolen a huge cache of gold from its rightful owners, and your mission is to infiltrate its treasury and recapture it. This entails progressing through 150 screens of platforms, ladders and ropes.

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    The Empire has sent robotic guards down to protect the gold, and contact with any of these will cost you a life. Your method of escaping them is to press fire to dig a hole in their line of movement, thus causing them to fall in briefly, allowing you to move across the gap safely. Once all the gold has been collected, a ladder allowing you to move onto the next screen is added. Completing these screens often requires forward planning and precision.

    This was one of the earliest games to include a level editor, allowing the creation of new level designs with no programming skill.

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