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Lode Runner

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Lode Runner
Lode Runner cover
Release dates
PC booter 1983
DOS 1990
Perspectives Side view
Genres Platform
Series Lode Runner
Lode Runner guide on StrategyWiki
Lode Runner on MobyGames
Lode Runner on Wikipedia
Lode Runner
Lode Runner 1983
Championship Lode Runner 1984
Lode Runner: The Legend Returns 1994
Lode Runner On-Line: The Mad Monks' Revenge 1995
Lode Runner 2 1998
Lode Runner Legacy 2017


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Floppy disk check (requires the original floppy in the drive to play)
PC booter

Essential improvements

Run in DOSBox

Change DOSBox settings[1]
  1. For the PC booter version, use a DOSBox SVN build (required for saving edited levels).
  2. Edit the DOSBox configuration file.
  3. Change cycles=auto to cycles=350 to fix game speed.
  4. For the PC booter version, download a blank floppy image and mount it along with the boot floppy (see BOOT).
  5. Adjust the game speed in-game if needed.

Game data

Save game data location

System Location
PC booter A:\
DOS <path-to-game>\LR.USR
The PC booter version saves to a formatted floppy disk (separate from the program disk).


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
120+ FPS



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only.
Surround sound
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed

"Unable to read/write/init this disk..." error (DOSBox)

Mount floppy image in DOSBox SVN build[1]

See Run in DOSBox.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes CGA

System requirements

PC booter
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 128 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) CGA
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 128 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) CGA


  1. 1.0 1.1 Verified by User:Garrett on November 13, 2017