Lode Runner Creator Douglas E. Smith Passes Away

Douglas E. Smith, creator of the hit 1980s puzzle video game Lode Runner, passed away last week. This sad news was announced by Tozai Games, the company that currently owns the title. 

It is with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of our friend and colleague, Douglas Smith, the creator of the iconic game, Lode Runner. Our hearts and prayers are with Doug’s family during this difficult time. In Doug’s honor, we call on the legions of Lode Runner fans everywhere to take a private moment to reflect on your own personal memories of Lode Runner. What a contribution Doug made to the video game industry.

Doug, from all of us at Tozai, and from all of your fans, may you rest in peace.

Originally released in 1983, Lode Runner made an appearance on a large number of platforms – from Apple II and Commodore 64 to PlayStation and Xbox.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Smith’s loved ones at this difficult time.

[Source: Tozai Games]