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Boulder Dash-XL is a single-player, modern take on an old classic. The basic gameplay is still the same, negotiate mazes, collect diamonds and avoid falling rocks. This implementation has five modes of play:
  • Arcade Mode: Playing against the clock the player collects diamonds and gets to the exit as fast as possible. They have a target number of diamonds to collect and thus have the option of taking longer but collecting more diamonds or finishing faster and getting a bigger time bonus. There are one hundred levels in this mode.

  • Zen Mode: Basically this is the same as Arcade mode but there's no time limit 'so the player can refine their strategy with no pressure'.

  • Puzzle Mode: This consists of twenty five smaller levels where the emphasis is on thought and planning rather than speed.

  • Retro Mode: A further twenty five levels using '3D interpretations of the original bitmap graphics'.

  • Score Attack: Four special caves where the exit opens early so there's a bigger bonus to be had for completing early.
The player has a choice of characters, Rockford or Crystal, and can play with keyboard, mouse and joystick combinations.


Boulder Dash-XL Windows Playing in Arcade Mode.All modes follow a similar format. First there's the cave selection screen, then select a character, a reminder of the mode objectives
Boulder Dash-XL Windows Puzzle ModeThis is puzzle 001, playing as Crystal.There's no advantage gained by swapping characters as they both play the same
Boulder Dash-XL Windows The game's main menu
Boulder Dash-XL Android Coming across a monster

Promo Images

Boulder Dash-XL Screenshot
Boulder Dash-XL Screenshot
Boulder Dash-XL Screenshot
Boulder Dash-XL Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Boulder Dash-XL 3D" -- Nintendo 3DS title

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IGN Xbox 360 Jul 14, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Jul 15, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Console Monster Xbox 360 2011 75 out of 100 75
411mania.com Xbox 360 Jul 20, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
Cheat Code Central Xbox 360 2011 3.6 out of 5 72
Nintendo Life Nintendo 3DS Oct 10, 2012 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
GameWatcher / Strategy Informer Xbox 360 Aug 11, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Impulse Gamer Xbox 360 Jul, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Games TM Nintendo 3DS Nov 22, 2012 5 out of 10 50
Gameplay (Benelux) Xbox 360 Aug 30, 2011 Unscored Unscored


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