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Mêlant habilement arcade et réflexion, Boulder Dash a su s'imposer en proposant un concept simple mais diablement accrocheur qui, malgré les années, ne perd rien de son charme. De quoi réconcilier les accros de la technologie moderne avec le rétrogaming.
Boulder Dash never quite rose to the level of the gaming greats, perhaps because it lacked an identifiable or personable star. Rockford, the hero, is a squat little boggle-eyed freak. Still, it's definitely worth 500 Points to revisit a solid game that is as moreish in 2008 as it was in 1984.
All in all, Boulder Dash is not one of the better presented Commodore 64 titles so far released on the Virtual Console, and even a die-hard C64 fan like myself has to admit that the NES version would have been a more attractive prospect, but one can't deny the strength of the gameplay. Anyone who picks up the game will find themselves devoting hours to discovering the most efficient and impressive ways to complete the levels, and for that reason alone Boulder Dash is well worth the price of a download.
Boulder Dash is one of the ugliest, oldest, most out-of-date games to hit the Virtual Console yet. But good game design never gets old, and the fun to be had in these visually underwhelming caves and mazes still feels as fresh as it did in 1984. If you're a fan of puzzlers, be encouraged that this is a solid investment of five of your digital dollars. Because though it doesn't look like much, Boulder Dash rocks.