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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 Atari 8-bit Collecting diamonds in the first cave
Boulder Dash PC Booter Beginning the second level (CGA)
Boulder Dash Arcade DECO release: Again lots of diamonds to get here, but only by carefully moving enough to clear the stage
Boulder Dash BBC Micro Pushing a boulder out of the way

Alternate Titles

  • "Boulder Dash Vol. 1" -- iPhone 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

The Atari Times Atari 8-bit Nov 06, 2006 95 out of 100 95
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Oct, 1985 93 out of 100 93
Joystick (French) NES Dec, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Total! (Germany) NES Mar, 1997 1.75 out of 6 85
neXGam NES 2007 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Jun, 1995 2 out of 6 80
Top Secret NES Jan, 1994 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com Commodore 64 Jan 03, 2011 15 out of 20 75
IGN Wii Jun 23, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Feb, 1985 5 out of 10 50

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
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

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


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