Review: Lode Runner Legacy (PS4)


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Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • 4K HDR


  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: Lode Runner Legacy
Format: PSN (407.6 MB)
Release Date: January 29, 2020
Publisher: Tozai Games
Developer: Tozai Games
Original MSRP: $11.99 (USD)
ESRB Rating: E
A code for the game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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So here we are with another review, this time it’s (no pun intended) a legacy title. With Lode Runner Legacy, it’s a classic game reimagined for the newer generations. Luckily it includes classic levels so you can see how far we have traveled. How does it stand up to a newer generation? Let’s find out.

First of all, you’re in for a challenge, but a rewarding one for the most part. At times I felt defiant and other times I felt like the game was smarter than me. But after much perseverance, I was able to move on. There were instances where I would go level after level and felt like I beat the game.

I would say gameplay is both easy and difficult to master at the same time. I felt like I needed precise, timely moves to defeat enemies, and get a good time for the level. You can only drill down on opposite blocks, which is maddening when you’re trying to escape, or figure out a puzzle. For the most part it’s pick up and play but will take time to master.

There are several modes of gameplay available in Lode Runner Legacy. The modes are all very different from one another, and each has a specific goal to achieve. Adventure mode is where you start, and it’s the core experience from the 8-bit days, just done with modern gameplay. The thing that took me awhile to get used to is the drilling. While it’s basically drilling the brick underneath you left or right, it took time to master.

The next mode is Extra mode which releases twenty more levels after you beat Adventure mode’s fifty levels. Also included is Puzzle mode. It’s strictly just puzzles in this mode if you’re into that aspect of the game. It’s hard to say what mode I had more trouble with; at times the game made me feel like it was smarter than I was.

The last two modes are Classic and World Levels. Classic mode was nice to see because I never played the 8-bit original. It was able to show me the original experience and I was able to compare the two. Classic mode contains 150 levels and is every bit hard as the Adventure mode.

World levels are special because they are community made. When you start the game you are given the chance to play either one or two players, or make your own character and level. Both are equally fun and somewhat addicting. Although I had trouble thinking of a level, I had a blast thinking out my character.

Man it’s amazing what a few decades will do to the look of a game. Gone are the small pixels and dull colors, replaced by textures and bright colors. I thought the game looked okay but nothing earth-shattering, but then I played the classic levels. It was a night and day difference that made me enjoy the current graphics even more. Also, the game runs super smooth, as a puzzle game should.

They say the devil’s in the details, which is so true in this title. Your character and the enemies are made up with individual bricks with shading to make the characters pop.

The audio is strong with this title. Snappy music awaits you for each level. I found the music to match the gameplay perfectly. As for the sound design and sound effects, those also fit the game quite nicely.

There’s no traditional online play for Lode Runner Legacy, but there are some options. You can download characters and levels that were community created-think Little Big Planet here. There is also couch co-op that you can play, however, co-op was not tested during this review.

Lode Runner Legacy is a prime example of a classic idea brought to a new generation perfectly. It has the same core values and ideas, but gives them a new coat of paint and fresh sensibilities. Although the game does a great job of warming you up and teaching you the game, it can be very difficult at times.

The inclusion of creating levels and characters is a great idea, and playing others’ levels will expand the life of the game.



* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Shawn Hiers

Shawn Hiers

Disabled gamer. Married Father of 5, and playing since the Atari days. I have a passion for all things Lego and an avid Toy Collector. I am also an huge Doctor Who Fan and can talk all things Who for hours 🙂

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