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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.

There are 16 levels to be completed and five different skill levels available, which affect the number of jewels which must be collected and the time limit.

Screenshots

Boulder Dash MSX Find your way through the maze
Boulder Dash Arcade This stage has tons of diamonds to get - but also tons of deadly stones. (Exidy release).
Boulder Dash Amstrad CPC I created a diamond and boulder avalanche
Boulder Dash Arcade DECO release: Again lots of diamonds to get here, but only by carefully moving enough to clear the stage

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Alternate Titles

  • "Boulder Dash Vol. 1" -- iPhone title
  • "Boulder Dash - Starring: Rockford" -- Prism Leisure distributed title
  • "バルダーダッシュ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

This was and still is a fun little game to play. NES David Lafferty (16)
The best game ever !! It has everything we want: action, strategic thinking, puzzles, and a construction kit to create our own levels. Commodore 64 Arno Weber (3)

Critic Reviews

Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Aug, 2003 10 out of 10 100
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Jan, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Mean Machines NES Aug, 1991 92 out of 100 92
The Video Game Critic NES Mar 10, 2000 A- 91
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Game Boy Jan, 1991 908 out of 1000 91
Total!! UK Magazine NES Jan, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Play Time NES Dec, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Jun, 1995 2 out of 6 80
Power Play Game Boy Nov, 1990 67 out of 100 67
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) MSX Apr, 1986 4.75 out of 10 48

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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 one of the first home computer games to be ported to the arcades, usually it is the other way around; in that a popular arcade game gets ported to the home systems. The initial Exidy version was simply an Atari 800 in an arcade cabinet, running a slightly modified Atari 8-bit version of the game giving 30 seconds of gameplay per credit. The 1985 Data East DECO version had improved graphics and slight level layout changes due to it's vertical monitor layout.
A later Data East arcade version was released in 1990 with improved graphics and new level layouts.

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

  • Commodore Format
    • January 1991 (Issue 4) - Listed in the 'A to Z of Classic Games' article (Great)
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #31 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #1 'It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!'
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne / Robin Hogg)
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