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Boulder Dash

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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 Commodore 64 Be careful not to trap yourself...or is there still a way out?
Boulder Dash Epoch Super Cassette Vision Trapped!
Boulder Dash NES diamonds and skulls falling from overhead
Boulder Dash Arcade This stage has tons of diamonds to get - but also tons of deadly stones. (Exidy release).

Alternate Titles

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

Part of the Following Group

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)

The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari 8-bit Jun, 1986 10 out of 10 100
Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Aug, 2003 10 out of 10 100
The Video Game Critic NES Mar 10, 2000 A- 91
Digital Press - Classic Video Games ColecoVision Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
neXGam NES 2007 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Wii Jan 03, 2011 15 out of 20 75
Jeuxvideo.com Commodore 64 Jan 03, 2011 15 out of 20 75
All Game Guide NES 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
IGN Commodore 64 Jun 24, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Tilt MSX Sep, 1985 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50

Forums

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Boulder dash clones 1 Peter Vrenken
Jan 07, 2014

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

  • Commodore Format
    • January 1991 (Issue 4) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #31 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
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