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  "Lode Runner Legacy" Infiltrates Steam Greenlight
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04/07/2017
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

Bellevue, Wash.--April 7, 2017--Tozai Games is pleased to announce the classic platformer series Lode Runner is now on Steam Greenlight. "Lode Runner Legacy" is the latest edition in the classic Lode Runner series, a masterpiece of action puzzle gaming first introduced in the U.S. in 1983 by creator Doug Smith. This new version features all of the high-adrenaline gameplay Lode Runner is known for with an updated Voxel visual style and powerful editors that let players create their own Runners and items. The Steam Greenlight campaign can be found at http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=894389640.

"Lode Runner endures because its combination of action and puzzle-solving never goes out of style," says Scott Tsumura, co-founder of Tozai Games. "For this new edition, we've included a suite of game editors that allow players to customize to their hearts' content and create their 'one and only Lode Runner.' We hope longtime fans and new players support this updated edition of 'Lode Runner Legacy' on Greenlight."

In Lode Runner, players manipulate "Runner" to infiltrate the evil empire and recover stolen gold while avoiding enemies and minefields. The ingenious balance of puzzle and action gameplay from the original game is alive in "Lode Runner Legacy," along with many new features that offer a fresh Lode Runner experience to both new players and returning fans alike.

Lode Runner's frantic action takes place in static, maze-like levels, where a single player dodges enemies while running and climbing platforms to reach and claim stacks of gold. Jumping and shooting foes is forbidden, but blocks can be blasted to access lower platforms or trap pursuing enemies. Winding through ever-increasing levels of complexity is not for the faint of heart.

Key features of Lode Runner Legacy include:

  • Adventure Mode:    Sneak through the evil Empire and bring back stolen gold!
  • Puzzle Mode:          It's all puzzles, all the time. No enemies allowed.
  • Classic mode:         Play the original 150 levels in 3D!  
  • World Levels:         An outstanding collection of user-created levels.
  • Level Editor:          Create your own levels and share with other fans.
  • Character Editor:    Design your own Runner and enemies.
  • Item Editor:           Create custom gold items.
  • Online Rankings:     Compete against other fans in global standings.
 

New in this edition:

  • Varying level sizes
  • More technical bonuses
  • Deadly enemies
  • Challenging new AI
  • FPS camera view
 

"Lode Runner Legacy" is expected to launch this summer. For more information, visit the blog at https://www.tozaigames.com/legacy/en /.

About Lode Runner

Named one of "The Greatest Games of All Time" by GameSpot, Lode Runner was created by Smith while a student at the University of Washington. The game was not only an award-winning bestseller, but also a significant milestone that influenced many in the video game industry. Alexey Pajitnov, creator of Tetris, said of the game, "my favorite for many, many years. Every level was a real puzzle with its own mechanics, its own dynamics, its own kind of solution. ... I can't imagine any other game with such inventive and unusual design." In a tribute to Smith after his death in 2014, US Gamer editor-in-chief Jeremy Parish commented, "[he] created one of the most innovative formative works of the medium, a game that managed to transcend international boundaries and become a beloved classic among American PC gamers and Japanese console fanatics alike."

About Tozai Games

From the classics of yesterday to the original IP of tomorrow, Tozai Games delivers lasting gaming experiences to passionate gamers around the globe. Based in Bellevue, Washington, and Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, Tozai Games is an experienced team of professionals dedicated to building successful licensing and publishing relationships around the world.

Keep up-to-date on Tozai Games' upcoming projects on the Tozai Games Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Tozai , on Twitter @TozaiGames, at YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/TozaiGames and at http://www.tozaigames.com/ and http://www.tozaigames.co.jp/ .

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