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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.


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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Gaming Nexus Aug 31, 2011 8.9 out of 10 89 (UK) Jul 15, 2011 8 out of 10 80
DarkZero Jul 24, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Worth Playing Aug 12, 2011 8 out of 10 80
IGN Jul 14, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Console Monster 2011 75 out of 100 75
Cheat Code Central 2011 3.6 out of 5 72
Thunderbolt Games Jul 24, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Game Watcher Aug 11, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Impulse Gamer Jul, 2011 7 out of 10 70


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Alaka (56984) added Boulder Dash-XL (Xbox 360) on Nov 25, 2015
Other platforms contributed by piltdown_man (151592), Harmony‚ô° (20221) and Kabushi (209431)