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Rockford: The Arcade Game

aka: Rockford


This is a rocks'n'diamonds style game. Play in six different worlds (as a explorer, cook, doctor, etc.) of increasing difficulty, and grab the coins/apples/hearts while avoiding the boulders. And there are enemies to make your life (even more) difficult.

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Credits (DOS version)

10 People

Lead Programming
Porting from Amiga
Porting from Amiga (assistance)
Original Concept




"Rockford" is a very rare example of the game that existed in the arcades as a conversion of home computer game. Usually it happened in the opposite direction - arcades were the source of conversion for home computers. Popularity of 8-bit "Boulder Dash" made a demand for it and "Rockford" debuted on Arcadia Systems. Sadly, the game was stripped of the original's simple and charming graphics and was less intuitive than the "Boulder Dash" games that inspired it. Mostly because you had to figure out what each element represented in each environment you were placed in (such as the Old West or outer space). The game also felt clunky compared with the streamlined and fluid original.

"Rockford" was later on converted to home systems such as Amiga and Atari ST, resulting in a conversion of an arcade game that itself was largely a conversion of a home computer game.


  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)

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  • MobyGames ID: 4019


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by rey_.

Atari 8-bit added by Rebound Boy. Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Amiga, Commodore 64 added by Kabushi.

Additional contributors: mailmanppa, S Olafsson, Jo ST.

Game added May 8th, 2001. Last modified February 27th, 2023.