Lode Runner Legacy
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Lode Runner Legacy is loaded with content and open freedom for individuals to dabble into their creative sides with little restrictions. Puzzles increase in difficulty as you progress through the levels and the gameplay does still hold up after 35 years, but the gameplay is where I can see gamers getting turned off. Unfortunately for Lode Runner, we live in an era where dynamic gameplay is prevalent and new ways to play are being discovered constantly, so players may see this simplicity and not give it a shot. That would be a shame. I’ve really grown to appreciate and enjoy Lode Runner Legacy and I think others could too; I definitely recommend this game.
As for myself, I do love a bit of retro gaming, and Lode Runner Legacy does a great job at supplying plenty of content around its basic gameplay structure. If you want to experience a bit of gaming history, then this little title may very well be up your ladder. It plays great on the TV and its quick fix gameplay works perfectly for a handheld. Sure, it may not tickle the taste buds of those seeking complexity, but with a great building mechanic and tons of levels to play through, there’s plenty here to keep you occupied under a tight budget.
There’s absolutely no doubt that the developers have pulled out every stop to make Lode Runner Legacy something special. The game’s look is both classic and modern at once, and the inclusion of the level and voxel editors and community support are great modern touches. The underlying question, though, is whether or not you find the fundamentals of the Lode Runner play style compelling or not. If you do, this is probably a must-buy game since I don’t think anything more could be done with that base, but if the appeal of the series is limited no amount of value added effort will redeem it.
Simply put, Lode Runner Legacy is a retro remake done right.
If you're a fan of the Lode Runner series, then Lode Runner Legacy is a must-have on Nintendo Switch. But even if you're new to it you should try this one out since it offers so many levels to play, a robust level editor, and the chance to play levels created from players around the world, making it an easy one to recommend.
Overall, Lode Runner Legacy is both a great game and a very good tribute to the 34-year-old original title. The classic gameplay holds up today, with a bevy of old and new levels to demonstrate that. It comes with a look that mimics a few other titles but it's nice to look at. Most importantly, there's more than enough content here to keep fans busy for a long time. Unless you hate platform puzzle games, Lode Runner Legacy is an easy game to recommend.
The included content in Lode Runner Legacy is fairly straightforward, but the online level sharing gives new life to the series. If you enjoy the Lode Runner series, this entry is well worth it just for the user-generated content.
What Lode Runner Legacy isn't: something new and innovative that focuses on adding new elements to that distant classic from the '80s. What Lode Runner Legacy is: the original game at its best, with added levels, a retro-friendly voxel art style that fits like a glove, and a level editor that raises the replay value sky high… and it's on Nintendo Switch!
Lode Runner Legacy is a must-have game for both those new to the series as well as for fans of the long-running series. The game offers a ton of levels split in different modes, and being able to create your own stages, as well as play those created by players around the world, make this a must-buy game on Nintendo Switch.
A solid version of a classic, with some nice extras. It's faithful to the gameplay and it looks the part, but it doesn't do anything that we haven't seen before. If you're not looking for a reinvention, then it's a good game to play, just don't expect to be overly surprised by anything.