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Lode Runner X

Gold rush

Product: Lode Runner X | Publisher: Tozai Games | Format: Xperia Play | Genre: Platform, Retro | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
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Like Tetris, Space Invaders, and Frogger, Lode Runner is one of those dusty old classics that seems to undergo a timely revival every decade.

The simple premise and fiendish capacity for brain-teasing puzzles has ensured that the blueprint laid down in 1983 remains fresh and appealing even by today's standards, and this Xperia Play-optimised version benefits greatly from the phone's physical interface.

Naturally, this being 2012, the game's visuals have been jazzed up a little to hide the fact that it's almost 30 years old. The new 3D graphics are detailed and well-rendered, with the lead character sporting an especially cool look.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it

The developers have wisely decided against tampering with the core gameplay too much, though. As before, your aim is to collect the gleaming gold nuggets dotted around each level and thereby unlock the door to the next stage.

Your protagonist can't jump, so navigating around each level requires forward-planning and tight reflexes. The challenge is amplified by the presence of enemies that are hell-bent on ending your gold-grabbing quest.

Mercifully, you can blast away certain blocks to create pitfalls that will temporarily put these brutes out of action, but be warned: they won't be immobilised for long.

Gold digger

The main Adventure mode of Lode Runner X is closest to the '80s original, but there's also a Puzzle mode that's sure to tax your grey matter to its limits. Stages are arranged in such a manner that there's usually only one solution, and finding the magic route is quite a challenge.

Lode Runner X is available for standard touchscreen devices, but the Xperia Play's pad and buttons make all the difference - especially in those moments when swift reactions are required to avoid certain death.

This really is a hugely likeable retro update. It doesn't attempt to bog down the core concept with needless additions, and offers up a fresh new package that will appeal to those who have never played the original.

The heavy bias towards brain-busting conundrums may put off action addicts, but anyone who wants a mental workout should get in line as soon as possible.
Lode Runner X
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Damien McFerran | 20 April 2012
Lode Runner X will find favour with fans who grew up with the 1983 original, but provides enough visual clout to appeal to newcomers, as well. To round it all off, the Xperia Play's controls offer the perfect interface
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