About a quarter of a century ago I would have been spending quite a lot of my time playing with computers. My parents bought me one when I was 11.
As well as learning to program, I had loads of games. A lot of them were versions of the popular 80's arcade games, such as Pacman, Galaxians, Pole Position, and so on. One I discovered when I was about 15 was Lode Runner.
At first sight, this didn't look very good. Even in the 80s stick men were a little primitive. The idea of the game was incredibly simple - collect all of the treasure and avoid getting caught. You had no weapons, but you could dig holes. The guards would get stuck in these holes. Nevertheless, I remember spending hours playing it.
But that was a quarter of a century ago. In all that time, I don't think that I've ever thought about Lode Runner. So I was excited to find a free clone called xscavenger. I downloaded it on Sunday, and remembered why I'd enjoyed the game so much.
It's because each level is a puzzle. You have to put a lot of thought into working out how to do it. The guards are predictable, so it is possible to get them into places where they are stuck and can't get near you.
I've already spent some time getting to level 8. It's rather challenging - I'm not at all sure how I'm going to all that treasure, but I'm sure I'll work it out, because this game is seriously addictive...