Review: Lode Runner Legacy (Nintendo Switch)

Lode Runner Legacy is the latest edition in the popular Lode Runner series. Players control “Runner” to recover stolen gold while avoiding enemies and minefields. Enjoy the ingenious balance of puzzle and action gameplay, an updated Voxel visual style and powerful game editors. Ver.2.0

Pros:

  • Decent Voxel graphics but you can unlock retro graphics.
  • 259MB Download size.
  • Three modes- Singleplayer, Two players, and craft mode.
  • Singleplayer- Adventure, Extra puzzles, classic and world levels.
  • Local two player support.
  • Supports pro controller, Joycon or Joycon sharing.
  • Online leaderboards with filters.
  • End of level breakdown showing off stats like time, deaths and you are awarded a rank based off 3 stars.
  • Plays like a puzzle game on crack. You can only break blocks adjacent to you and they respawn back quickly.
  • Classic.
  • Brief in-game tutorial pop-ups.
  • Help section- In-depth text-based tutorial.
  • Loads to do in the game with a ton of variety.
  • Satisfying to play.
  • Rewarding experience.
  • Difficult.
  • Tons of replayability.
  • Co-op works really well.
  • Two camera angles. Standard 2D sidescroller and a more isometric angled view for some reason.
  • Clever level design.
  • Can create your own characters and levels.
  • Fast loading.
  • Can replay levels to improve your time.

Cons:

  • The small text even on the Switch screen.
  • Craft mode and all sp content are locked with no explanation on how to unlock it all.
  • No touchscreen support.
  • Doesn’t have any of the classic items like bombs.
  • New graphics are not for everyone and is a huge bummer that retro graphics isn’t a setting.
  • Difficult.
  • New players may initially struggle with the mechanics of the game.

The Numbers:
  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Accessability - 6/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7/10

Summary

Now I didn’t put that much time into this game back in the day so getting to play it now all revamped was something I was interested in. It’s just a shame the graphics really are an eyesore, especially to us older gamers, Locking the classic retro graphics behind a unlock is a bit of a dick move. Anyway, the game itself still plays well despite not having all the staples of the original like bombs, Two player mode works well and is perfect for the Nintendo Switch. You have loads to unlock so if that’s your jam you are in for a treat as nearly everything has a padlock on it. If you don’t like it then you need to get over it and get some serious playtime under your belt. At the end of the day it’s not amazing and not bad it’s just ok and does the job just barely but it does capture the Lode runner experience.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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