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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 Game Boy World selection
Boulder Dash Commodore 64 Title screen
Boulder Dash Commodore 64 That green slime slowly takes over the screen...
Boulder Dash Apple II Crushing the butterflies with a boulder turns them into diamonds

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

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
The Video Game Critic NES Mar 10, 2000 A- 91
Joystick (French) NES Dec, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Génération 4 Game Boy Nov, 1990 9 out of 10 90
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Jun, 1995 2 out of 6 80
Video Games Game Boy Oct, 1992 80 out of 100 80 Commodore 64 Jan 03, 2011 15 out of 20 75
IGN Wii Jun 23, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Tilt ColecoVision Mar, 1988 9 out of 20 45


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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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