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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.In this cave the player had to collect five diamonds in order to open the exit. Now they have a choice, get more diamonds at 500 points each or leave early
Boulder Dash-XL Windows Any lawyers reading this?At the end of the credits is an unusual statement.It looks as though, having purchased the game, the player can resell it or give it to all and sundry.
Boulder Dash-XL Windows Playing in Arcade Mode.There's another close up view at the end of a cave
Boulder Dash-XL Windows Playing in Arcade Mode.This is cave 002. The sugar cube like things are soft snow that Rockford can walk through.There's a couple of baddies here too

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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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piltdown_man (151727) added Boulder Dash-XL (Windows) on Feb 18, 2015
Other platforms contributed by Harmony♡ (20290), Alaka (57286) and Kabushi (209748)