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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.

There are 16 levels to be completed and five different skill levels available, which affect the number of jewels which must be collected and the time limit.

Screenshots

Boulder Dash Amstrad CPC I created a diamond and boulder avalanche
Boulder Dash BBC Micro Starting out
Boulder Dash BBC Micro On to the next stage
Boulder Dash Commodore 64 When smashed with a boulder, the butterflies turn into diamonds

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Alternate Titles

  • "Boulder Dash Vol. 1" -- iPhone title
  • "Boulder Dash - Starring: Rockford" -- Prism Leisure distributed title
  • "バルダーダッシュ" -- Japanese spelling

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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)

Critic Reviews

Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Aug, 2003 10 out of 10 100
The Atari Times Atari 8-bit Nov 06, 2006 95 out of 100 95
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jan, 1985 93 out of 100 93
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Game Boy Jan, 1991 908 out of 1000 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Dec, 1984 9 out of 10 90
Top Secret NES Jan, 1994 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Jun, 1995 2 out of 6 80
IGN Commodore 64 Jun 24, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Game Boy Nov, 1990 67 out of 100 67
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Feb, 1985 5 out of 10 50

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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 one of the first home computer games to be ported to the arcades, usually it is the other way around; in that a popular arcade game gets ported to the home systems. The initial Exidy version was simply an Atari 800 in an arcade cabinet, running a slightly modified Atari 8-bit version of the game giving 30 seconds of gameplay per credit. The 1985 Data East DECO version had improved graphics and slight level layout changes due to it's vertical monitor layout.
A later Data East arcade version was released in 1990 with improved graphics and new level layouts.

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 (Great)
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #31 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #1 'It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!'
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne / Robin Hogg)
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