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Boulder Dash (Atari 8-bit)

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Description

You are Rockford, and you have to dig through monster infested caves in search of diamonds. In each level you must collect a certain number of these diamonds, in order to open a portal to the next stage. Enemies can be squashed by falling boulders, which are released when the ground below them is removed or they are pushed onto empty ground, but be careful because these can also squash you. In later levels, difficulty is increased by many puzzle elements and shorter time limits.

Screenshots

Boulder Dash Atari 8-bit Title screen
Boulder Dash Atari 8-bit You only get one try to crush this butterfly
Boulder Dash Atari 8-bit There's plenty of boulders to dodge here
Boulder Dash Atari 8-bit Running from a flashing box...

Alternate Titles

  • "Boulder Dash Vol. 1" -- iPhone title
  • "Boulder Dash - Starring: Rockford" -- Prism Leisure distributed title

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User Reviews

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The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jun, 1986 10 out of 10 100
The Atari Times Nov 06, 2006 95 out of 100 95

Forums

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Boulder Dash appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Amiga

A real Amiga version of Boulder Dash was never released. But Emerald Mine, a close variant for the Amiga, became very popular.

Arcade version

Boulder Dash was so popular on the home computer that it was ported to an arcade version. Usually, it is the other way around; in that a popular arcade game gets ported to the home system.

Atari 2600 port

In 2012 a port to the Atari 2600 was released as homebrew software with support from First Star Software. The programmers Andrew Davie and Thomas Jentzsch worked for almost a decade to port the game completely on the VCS.

Awards

  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #31 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)


Information also contributed by LepricahnsGold
Terok Nor (18347) added Boulder Dash (Atari 8-bit) on Feb 01, 2006
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