Lode Runner Episode I: Classicwards, by ZX Games, is a clone of the classic platform game first published in 1983. Episode I features the first 75 levels of the original publication and some interesting features that will let you fully enjoy this exciting game.
The objective is to collect the chests spread all over the screen and reach the following level, while a group of three rather obsessive characters, called in this case Bungelings, chase you everywhere and do whatever they can to catch you. Your character, which can be controlled with the keyboard arrows or joystick, has only one skill to defend himself from the Bungelings, and that is the ability to dig holes where the Bungelings may get trapped so you can get rid of them for a few seconds. But watch out, because your character may also get trapped inside the holes.
The number of chests to collect changes with each new level, as well as the platform's structures that get more intricate as you advance, with the addition of more ladders, or chests locked up inside brick structures.
A very interesting characteristic of this version is that lives are unlimited, so you do not need to worry about restarting a new game. On the other hand, the editor allows you to create your own game, and even edit the default levels to your taste. Besides, you can change between window and full screen mode at any moment. Unfortunately, there is an important limitation, and it allows you to play only up to level five.
- Lets users create their own levels
- Unlimited lives
- The character is easily controlled
- Trial version lets you play up to level 5