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Boulder Dash (Commodore 64)

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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 Commodore 64 When smashed with a boulder, the butterflies turn into diamonds
Boulder Dash Commodore 64 That green slime slowly takes over the screen...
Boulder Dash Commodore 64 Title screen
Boulder Dash Commodore 64 Collecting diamonds on the first level

Alternate Titles

  • "Boulder Dash Vol. 1" -- iPhone title

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User Reviews

The best game ever !! It has everything we want: action, strategic thinking, puzzles, and a construction kit to create our own levels. Arno Weber (3) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Pixel-Heroes.de Aug, 2003 10 out of 10 100
Jeuxvideo.com Jan 03, 2011 15 out of 20 75
IGN Jun 24, 2009 7 out of 10 70

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)


Information also contributed by LepricahnsGold
wanax (291) added Boulder Dash (Commodore 64) on Apr 11, 2003
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