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Boulder Dash (NES)

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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 NES Those ameoba type things grow and take over the screen
Boulder Dash NES Title screen
Boulder Dash NES A diamond jackpot!
Boulder Dash NES Choose a color for your player, then begin at the world map

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. David Lafferty (16) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Mean Machines Aug, 1991 92 out of 100 92
The Video Game Critic Mar 10, 2000 A- 91
Total!! UK Magazine Jan, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Joystick (French) Dec, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Total! (Germany) Mar, 1997 1.75 out of 6 85
neXGam 2007 8 out of 10 80
Top Secret Jan, 1994 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games Dec, 1991 76 out of 100 76
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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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.


  • 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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