The original Lode Runner is perceptibly one of the most influential, important games out there. In ‘83, the game was released on the Apple II to a crowded market that lead to the near-collapse of the industry as a whole. Lode Runner differentiated itself through its revelatory in-game level editor, one of the first of its kind. The franchise has since gone on to be released on nearly every major gaming platform, with some questionable tweaks to the formula and other “enhancements” made along the way. The Xbox Live Arcade version of Lode Runner, however, reconnects the aging series with its origins, offering up one of the better entries since its formative years.