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Boulder Dash

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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.


Boulder Dash PC Booter Crush the butterflies with a rock to form diamonds (CGA)
Boulder Dash Arcade DECO release: The menu is a bit different here. The distinction between "cave" and level" is missing, as there are only levels to choose which determine the cave the player starts in.
Boulder Dash Epoch Super Cassette Vision The enemy is, luckily, trapped in the dirt
Boulder Dash Atari 8-bit Sometimes the cave becomes filled with static to confuse you

Alternate Titles

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

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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)

The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari 8-bit Jun, 1986 10 out of 10 100
Big K ZX Spectrum Feb, 1985 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Jul 26, 2014 A- 91
Consoles Plus Game Boy Sep, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games ColecoVision Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Jun, 1995 2 out of 6 80
Jeuxvideo.com Wii Jan 03, 2011 15 out of 20 75
IGN Wii Jun 23, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Life Wii Sep 19, 2008 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Feb, 1985 5 out of 10 50


Topic # Posts Last Post
Boulder dash clones 1 Peter Vrenken
Jan 07, 2014


1001 Video Games

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


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.


  • 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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