Home Computing Weekly


Loderunner

Author: D.M.
Publisher: Software Projects
Machine: Spectrum 48K/128K

 
Published in Home Computing Weekly #94

A version of the familiar ladders, platforms and digging game. Having said that, it features the tiniest animated graphics I've ever seen. The most complex set of facilities allows you to create your own screens, jump to new levels, and gain extra lives. There are 150 different screens, and a 20-page software protection code sheet.

The graphics work beautifully. Your man climbs, jumps, floating elegantly to earth, and crawls along monkey bars, to avoid chasers. In addition, he drills through floors, creating pits into which his adversaries fall. It's too easy to drop into them yourself though!

The ladders and platforms are delicately drawn, reminding me of lace, but the variations available are mind-boggling! The small size means that great complexities can be structured on one screen. If you fancy redesigning it, you can, and even save your creation to tape for re-loading later.

You collect gold bars underground to amass a fortune. There must be months of enjoyment here. Just one gripe! The excellent editing facilities are barely mentioned on the insert, so you'll have to struggle till you get the hang of it!

D.M.

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