Battle Lode Runner [Model HC93054]

The NEC PC-Engine Game by Hudson Soft.

Battle Lode Runner [Model HC93054] screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

DESCRIPTION

[CONSOLE] NEC PC-Engine Game

Battle Lode Runner © 1993 Hudson Soft.


Battle Lode Runner is a platform game by Hudson Soft and based on the timeless classic Lode Runner originally released by Brøderbund in 1983. Like its big brother franchise, the game is set in a strange world where players (dressed as space-travelers, or more precisely, time-travelers) must collect all the gold they can carry, and reach the exit in order to complete each level. Each stage is laid out with blocks, vertical ladders, horizontal ropes and stacks of gold, and the looting would be a walk in the park if only foes wouldn't be freely wandering around and constantly tracking down the players. But the lode runners don't come to a fight unarmed and they are equipped with a ray-gun. However, they don't directly use this weapon to zap their enemies to oblivion, but to dig holes into the ground. Beside, there is an important twist to that technique - players can only remove adjacent blocks (left or right), and not the ones directly beneath them. This technique is at the core of the gameplay, and can be used to trap enemies (holes do automatically fill in after a while, killing anything trapped in them), or to access unreachable stacks of gold. Battle Lode Runner consists of ten groups of tens levels each, all with their own theme and time periods (such as Jurassic Period, 19 AC China, 20 AC America, 17 AC Edo Japan, 18 AC France, 5 BC Egypt and so forth...). Although the first fifty levels are directly available from the start, the last fifty can only be unlocked by completing the game once. In addition to the puzzle mode aforementioned, Battle Lode Runner also includes a battle mode where up to five players can challenge each other in frantic death matches (actually, there are three different options - Survival, Escape and Tag Match). This mode differs from the main game in many ways - the horizontal playfield loops around and power ups (such as Speed, Curse, Multiple Digs and so forth) can be collected to spice up the action. Finally, in the Lode Runner tradition, the game also includes a level editor.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

HuCARD
Cartridge ID: HC93054

TRIVIA

Battle Lode Runner was released on February 10, 1993 in Japan.

Reviews:
france April 1993 - Consoles + No. 19: 79/100

TIPS AND TRICKS

Passwords:
The first fifty levels are directly available from the game's options. However, if you complete the fiftieth stage, you will then been awarded with the staff roll and unlock fifty new levels ! Here are some passwords to access these stages:
Level 51 - 4ZLEART2WF
Level 61 - B9JG9CYHS2
Level 71 - 4V5WWRQXN8
Level 80 - BU49N2BTXU
Level 91 - 9PQP73VPUS
Level 100 - FAG6MQ6VQN

SERIES

1. Lode Runner (1983)
2. Lode Runner - The Bungeling Strikes Back (1984)
3. Championship Lode Runner [Model HFC-CR] (1985, Nintendo Famicom)
3. Championship Lode Runner [Model HBS-G047C] (1985, MSX)
3. Championship Lode Runner [Sega My Card] [Model C-57] (1985, SG-1000)
3. Championship Lode Runner (1985, FM-7)
4. Lode Runner - Majin No Fukkatsu (1985)
5. Lode Runner II [Model HBS-G039C] (1985, MSX)
6. Lode Runner's Rescue (1985, Commodore C64)
7. Lode Runner - Teikoku Kara no Dasshutsu (1986)
8. Super Lode Runner [Model IFD-SLR] (1987, Nintendo Famicom Disk System)
8. Super Lode Runner [Model IM-03] (1987, MSX 2)
9. Hyper Lode Runner [Model DMG-HLA] (1989, Nintendo Game Boy)
10. Lode Runner - Lost Labyrinth [Model PV1004] (1990, NEC PC-Engine)
11. Battle Lode Runner [Model HC93054] (1993, NEC PC Engine)
12. Lode Runner Twin - Justy to Liberty no Daibouken [Model SHVC-7Z] (1994, Super Famicom)
13. Lode Runner - The Legend Returns (1994, Windows)
14. Lode Runner On-Line - The Mad Monks' Revenge (1995, PC [MS Windows 95])
15. Lode Runner - The Legend Returns [Model T-25101G] (1996, Sega Saturn)
16. Lode Runner 2 (1998, PC [Windows 95])
17. Power Lode Runner [Model SHVC-BPLJ-JPN] (1999, Super Famicom)
18. Lode Runner 3-D [Model NUS-NLRJ-JPN] (1999, Nintendo 64)
19. Lode Runner for WonderSwan [Model SWJ-BPR004] (2000, Bandai WonderSwan)
20. Lode Runner - Domdom Dan no Yabou [Model DMG-BXLJ-JPN] (2000, Nintendo Game Boy Colors)
21. Lode Runner 2 [SuperLite 1500 Series] [Model SLPM-86460] (2000, Sony PlayStation)
22. Lode Runner - The Dig Fight (2000)
23. Lode Runner [Model AGB-A39J-JPN] (2003, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)
24. Cubic Lode Runner [Hudson Selection Vol.1] [Model DOL-GQRJ-JPN] (2003, Nintendo GameCube)
24. Cubic Lode Runner [Hudson Selection Vol.1] [Model SLPM-62404] (2003, Sony PlayStation 2)

STAFF

Program: Yoshihiro Itami
Game Design: Keigo Yasuda, Boo Ueda
Character Design: Denden
Graphic Design: Yasuhiro Ichizawa
Opening Design: Shigeki Fujiwara
Sound Design: Jin W. (WSS)
Map Design: H. Ohta, Yoshihiro Itami, Unsei Matsuzawa
Director: Mikio Ueyama
Producer: Mitsuhiro Kadowaki, Masaki Kobayashi
Assistant Director: Tadashi Ozaki
Producer: Eiji Aoyama
Project Manager: Yakayoshi Tanigawa

SOURCES
See Goodies section.
Game's ROM.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com

Page last modified on December 27, 2013