Championship Lode Runner
|Championship Lode Runner|
Japanese Famicom Cover art
|Developer(s)||Broderbund (Apple II)|
Hudson Soft (Famicom)
|Designer(s)||Douglas E. Smith|
|Programmer(s)||Shinichi Nakamoto (Famicom)|
|Composer(s)||Isamu Hirano (Famicom)|
|Platform(s)||Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, IBM PC, NES, SG-1000|
The object of the game is to pick up all the gold pieces (which appear as piles of gold) and get them to the top. Using non-violent methods, enemies had to be overcome. Bumping into enemies cost the player a life and all of his hard-earned gold pieces. Fifty of the hardest levels ever designed are used and they had to be tackled in proper sequential order. While games can be saved, the player automatically loses a life for restoring his game.
Unlike the original Lode Runner game, this version did not come with a level editor. Nevertheless, many of the levels made for this game were designed using the built-in level editor from the original game.
The game was first released for the Apple II. The Apple II version allows monsters to be suppressed until they are about to appear. The Famicom port of the game was published by Hudson Soft. Unlike the Apple II version, the NES version makes their resurrection completely fatal to the player. NES players can start at any of the first ten levels while needing passwords to skip to the next levels. When stage 50, which is the final stage, is beaten, the game dumps the player straight back to the first level.
The Apple II version and NES offered players a certificate for completing the game. In Apple II version, Players sent in a code that was on the package's sticker along with a countercode (to prove that the game was beaten). In NES version, Players sent all passwords from stage 11 to stage 50 as the proof to Hudson Soft instead a countercode and received a gold certificate called "Champ card".
The MS-DOS port of the game was written by Doug Greene. The IBM PC version has a playing field grid size of 26x16 blocks. In contrast, the Apple II version has levels consisting of 28x16 blocks. Hence, each level had to be manually tweaked to fit the IBM CGA screen resolution of 320x200. Although the IBM PC levels are not 100% equivalent to the Apple II levels, they were designed to be very similar with the same overall solution.
The game can be found on a pirate NES cartridge under the names Super Load Runner or Load Runner 2.