This week in Your Parents Basement, we are digging holes, and climbing ladders and shimmying across ziplines, to avoid enemies! From 1983 for the PC and 1987 for the NES, we’re playing Lode Runner by Broderbund.
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- 0:00 – Intro, which covers the jaunty tunes in the first 30 seconds or so of gameplay.
- 22:15 – This week, we hear from some people about why Lode Runner is… The Most Best Game of All-Time.
- 27:00 – Emails! A lady thinks that Donnie guy from last week sounds really sexy.
- 41:30 – We can’t end the show without helping some people in… Ask the Sweet Boys.
- 47:00 – Snifferoo. An early guess, but next week’s game is going to score high on the DuckTales meter!
– According to Price Charting, the NES version of Lode Runner is pretty affordable, at $9 for the loose cart and $28 for the cart, box and manual. It’s been released on a bunch of other platforms as well, and god-knows how many times for the PC, so you can easily score a copy for less than $10.
– The license for Lode Runner is held by Tozai Games, and their website is here. They also hold the license for Spelunker and R-Type now.
– As we are sometimes wont to do, we talk a lot about Fallout on this episode, and specifically, New Vegas. The trophy guide Steve mentions is available here.
– You can see Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle, which has similar gameplay, in this YouTube video.
“I like video games, but they’re really violent. I’d like to play a video game where you help the people who were shot in all the other games. It’d be called ‘Really Busy Hospital.’” – Demetri Martin.
Shameless plug: Distant Arcade is a neat retro gaming site that Steve’s old reporting buddy Andrew Martin runs and writes for. Give it a click, would you? Steve also wrote a piece on Battletoads for the site back in the day. And oh yeah, the rest of the news links:
– A new Micro Machines game will be released on mobile platforms, according to Patrick O’Rourke at Mobilesyrup. The original racing game was one of the classics for the NES, although surprise surprise, it was hella hard.
– There was a really cool classic find this past week, as Cameron Koch of Tech Times posted the original press release for the NES.
– On the Fallout 4 release date of Nov. 10, Nuka Cola Quantum by Jones Soda will be available at Target. See a picture here.
– A formerly unreleased Swedish SNES game, Dorke and Ymp, is coming to Steam, per Chris Priestman at Siliconera. It looks like a puzzle platformer with a vibrant art style, although a bit awkward to play.
ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…
– Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back is now an adult, as it came out 18 years ago.