Eurogamer writes: "Lode Runner on Xbox Live Arcade proves once again that the critical acclaim drawn by Smith's 1983 classic is warranted. The reboot is an excellent example of how old-school gameplay can be brought to life on today's hardware. And if you're the sort of gamer who enjoys a solid workout for both hands and brain (who isn't?) then this is well worth the investment. On the flipside, if you are a bit slow, or hate puzzles, or get frustrated easily (who doesn't?) then you'd do well to demo Lode Runner before plunging into your MS Points cache. Who knows? Maybe we'll meet up online in Lode Runner's tumbleweed-filled lobbies".