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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 ZX Spectrum Crush the yellow things with a boulder, and they turn into diamonds!
Boulder Dash MSX Find your way through the maze
Boulder Dash BBC Micro Stage 3
Boulder Dash Amstrad CPC Select game options

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Alternate Titles

  • "Champion Boulder Dash" -- Japan and Middle East title
  • "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

The Atari Times Atari 8-bit Nov 06, 2006 95 out of 100 95
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jan, 1985 93 out of 100 93
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Jul 26, 2014 A- 91
Total!! UK Magazine NES Jan, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Consoles Plus Game Boy Sep, 1991 90 out of 100 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari 8-bit Aug, 1986 8.33 out of 10 83
Eurogamer.net (UK) Commodore 64 Oct 26, 2007 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Boy Nov, 1990 8.6 out of 12 72
All Game Guide NES 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Happy Computer Atari 8-bit Jan, 1985 Unscored Unscored

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 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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