Monday, February 6, 2017

YPB: Episode 093 – Lode Runner (1983, 1987)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are digging holes, and climbing ladders and shimmying across ziplines, to avoid enemies! From 1983 for the PC and 1987 for the NES, we’re playing Lode Runner by Broderbund.

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  • 0:00 – Intro, which covers the jaunty tunes in the first 30 seconds or so of gameplay.
  • 22:15 – This week, we hear from some people about why Lode Runner is… The Most Best Game of All-Time.
  • 27:00 – Emails! A lady thinks that Donnie guy from last week sounds really sexy.
  • 41:30 – We can’t end the show without helping some people in… Ask the Sweet Boys.
  • 47:00 – Snifferoo. An early guess, but next week’s game is going to score high on the DuckTales meter!

- According to Price Charting, the NES version of Lode Runner is pretty affordable, at $9 for the loose cart and $28 for the cart, box and manual. It’s been released on a bunch of other platforms as well, and god-knows how many times for the PC, so you can easily score a copy for less than $10.

- The license for Lode Runner is held by Tozai Games, and their website is here. They also hold the license for Spelunker and R-Type now.

- As we are sometimes wont to do, we talk a lot about Fallout on this episode, and specifically, New Vegas. The trophy guide Steve mentions is available here.

- You can see Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle, which has similar gameplay, in this YouTube video.

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