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Lode Runner 2

Windows - 1998

Also available on: Mac

Alt name 淘金者2
Year 1998
Platform Windows
Released in United States
Genre Action, Puzzle
Theme Editor / Construction Set
Publisher GT Interactive Software Corp.
Developer Presage Software, Inc.
Perspectives Isometric, 2D scrolling, Diagonal-down
4.36 / 5 - 14 votes

Description of Lode Runner 2

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Another classic puzzler that migrates to the 3D world, this time with an outstanding result.

Lode Runner 2 is the sequel to the remake of Doug Smith's timeless classic, and last in the series. Although the character from Lode Runner On-line looks the same, the world is now fleshed out in 3D, which you view from an isometric perspective. Perhaps to attract more women gamers, this sequel has also added a companion (Jane) to its main character (Jake Peril). Aside from different physical apperances, Jack and Jane are identical, though.

Lode Runner fans will be pleased to see that Presage has managed to keep the addictive gameplay intact with all the new graphical improvements. In contrast to most other puzzle game remakes/sequels in which 3D bells and whistles somewhat diminish the fun of the original (e.g. Montezuma's Return, 3D Lemmings), Lode Runner 2 uses graphics to its advantage to enhance gameplay, which has remained the same since the Apple II days. Your goal is to run around each level, collecting all the gold, while trying to avoid being killed by wandering monks. The hole you dig to find gold can also be used to trap, and temporarily kill, the monks. A combination of skillful digging, dodging, and collecting opens an escape portal to the next level.

GameSpot's thorough review says it all about why the game is so addictive: "Instead of moving linearly through the 144 levels of Lode Runner Returns, occasionally pausing to watch the movies, acquire new power-ups, and change backgrounds, Lode Runner 2 lets you choose which world you want to start and any level therein. There's even a handy set of tutorial levels that familiarize yourself with the power-ups, bombs, and maneuvers you'll need.

Lode Runner 2 has three types of monk. Blue monks are blind and follow a set pattern of movement. The only way to be killed by one is to step directly in its path. Purple monks are unpredictable; these most resemble the monks of the original. Black monks constantly chase you no matter where you go - and are very difficult to outsmart. This combination makes for more fun in eluding the hooded pests and makes you smarter in your strategy to defeat them. The 3D world also paves the way for a wide variety of bombs. Several different bomb configurations let you blow up different configurations of blocks - and monks, should they be in the way. If you get caught in the line of fire, you're toast. Those who remember the different power-ups gathered as you progressed through Lode Runner Returns will be disappointed in the lack of a few (I really miss the hangman's noose and the goo), but the new ones work well in this environment. One especially fun power-up is the beach ball, which turns you into a one-runner monk-killing machine.

My only disappointment with the single-player game is that there are only 75 levels. And, unlike the 144 linear levels in the first, each world starts at the most basic, easy level and gets progressively more difficult. After getting up to speed on my digging, bombing, and power-upping, I wanted more challenging single-player levels. My one complaint turned me to a new direction, though - multiplayer. Unlike Lode Runner Returns, Lode Runner 2 has as many multiplayer levels as single-player levels, and multiplayer really makes this game fun. In the years between the two releases, multiplayer gaming has made such great strides, it's hard to imagine two people sitting down at the same keyboard to play the original."

I personally found Lode Runner 2 a bit less creative than Lode Runner On-Line in terms of level design. Perhaps it has something to do with 3D making it much more difficult to design devious levels. Still, the different types of monks make up for this, and in the end I find the game no less challenging than its predecessors. In short, Lode Runner 2 is simply a must-have for all Lode Runner fans, and a fitting end to the timeless series. Highly recommended!

Review By HOTUD

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How to play Lode Runner 2 Windows

A message from the contributor:

I have the iso and the preinstalled version that works on modern systems also, it is surprising but works without ANY extra effort, however the level editor does not. Sad, but the game is still playable w/o it. but if you want use the level editor you will need win98/me emulator XD... the game works fine, but the game will change the machine to 640x480.

Comments and reviews

Kolton Fudge 2023-11-29 0 point

Where does one find the ISO file, Ive looked through all the downloads and i dont see one names .ISO

FrugalGamer 2023-08-21 0 point Windows version

For those that have a message saying they need to insert the CD, you will need to mount the ISO included under downloads. In Windows 10, you can double-click the ISO file and click "OK" to mount it in Windows Explorer. You don't need to open it or run anything after that. Just boot the game and it will detect it and run.

ladyvalmar 2023-04-14 0 point Windows version

Hi, I installed the ISO version but it keeps asking for the 2nd CD. I'm not sure what to do. Do I need the CD? I mean if so it's relatively easy to get a copy. So I will try the cd I guess.

hypelord 2023-03-02 -1 point Windows version

Guys the iso version doesnt open with winrar at all, and the pre-installed version opens but asks me to insert the CD :((

sarah 2023-01-26 -2 points Mac version

downloaded the game for mac (catalina) and it doesn't work. could someone lead me to the process - do i need to download something before in order to be able to open the game?

ROBS 2022-06-13 -1 point Windows version

Logan, I installed the ISO version. I don't recommend the preinstalled one for those who would like to download the game. Works just fine now. Thank you!

LOGAN 2022-06-10 2 points

ROBS i theorise that you are using the preinstalled version...? the preinstalled still needs the iso... you need to mount it... In windows 7-8-10 you can mount isos w/o problem...

Robs 2022-06-08 2 points Windows version

I downloaded it, but it says that I need to insert a CD to play it. Does anyone know how to solve this issue?

LOGAN 2022-04-22 0 point

GRÜNSEKTOR, you need to set compatibility mode in windows to enforce 640x480 16 bit resolution... that is all...

GrünSektor 2022-02-21 1 point Windows version

The game doesn't seem to run on my resolution settings. It says that I need to run it in 640 * 480 * 16-bit color. I have tried change some settings but it won't work. Any idea how to fix?

Iamal 2021-12-13 3 points Windows version

Downloaded but says to insert CD to play, any way around this or do you have to have the CD?

electronic_punk 2021-06-26 0 point

Thanks for Windows version!

2y2d 2015-09-15 0 point

HUGE Thx !!!!

ANonim 2015-05-28 4 points Mac version

Can you add it for Windows?

getright 2014-12-17 -1 point Mac version

thankyou for give this game

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