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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 Commodore 64 When smashed with a boulder, the butterflies turn into diamonds
Boulder Dash PC Booter Beginning the second level (CGA)
Boulder Dash BBC Micro Pushing a boulder out of the way
Boulder Dash PC Booter You need to be quick or the boxes of doom will catch you! (CGA)

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

Big K ZX Spectrum Feb, 1985 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari 8-bit Jun, 1986 10 out of 10 100
The Video Game Critic NES Mar 10, 2000 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
neXGam NES 2007 8 out of 10 80
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
Tilt ColecoVision Mar, 1988 9 out of 20 45


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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.


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

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