About this project

It's a fan made cross-platform re-implementation of Lode Runner Online: The Mad Monks' Revenge. We played Lode Runner on and off over the last 23 years but when it no longer played nice with modern OS's, we decided rather than just not play it and remember it how it was, we'd re-create it!

We've thrown in a few new features and some tweaks here and there but most importantly - same graphics, same gameplay, and even the same bugs! You can follow our progress on our dev blog.

Lode Runner was created by the legendary Doug E. Smith in 1983. Lode Runner Online: The Mad Monks' Revenge (developed by Presage Software) was released by Sierra for Windows and Mac in 1995.



  • Runs on Windows, macOS and Linux
  • Same gameplay you know and love
  • Play with the original, studio recorded CD soundtrack
  • Play with or without the old bugs (Quirks Mode)
  • OS dialogs replaced with new themed versions
  • Play with any gamepad - including Xbox and PS4 controllers
  • Play with up to four runners - find gamers to play with on our Discord channel


  • Improved mouse control
  • Shuffle the order of puzzles
  • Paint helpers show you exactly where you're painting
  • Easily visualize teleport links
  • Flip regions horizontally or vertically


Is this an offical Lode Runner game?

We'd love for it to be but nope, it's just a fan made copy. We do not have permission from the Lode Runner rights holder (Tozai) or from the owners of Lode Runner Online: The Mad Monks' Revenge (Activision/Sierra).

Can I play on Mac or Linux without an emulator?

Yes! Just download and you're good to go. Natively.

Will my old puzzle sets work?

Yes! Any puzzle sets made for The Legend Returns or The Mad Monks' Revenge in the last 26 years will work just fine.

What language are you writing the game in?

The game is written in C# and powered by the excellent FNA engine (also written in C#).


New builds are uploaded every weekend. The current November 2020 build is 20.11.2. You can download the game for Windows, macOS and Linux.

Windows 7+
Snow Leopard+
Debian, Ubuntu, Mint
Music - all platforms

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