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Gaming Nexus (Aug 31, 2011)
At a mere ten dollars, Boulder Dash-XL is an easy game to recommend. The simple gameplay, impressive presentation and shocking amount of content makes this a no-brainer, even if you weren't born when the 1984 original was all the rage. It may not be as flashy as Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, but this is one maze game that will stick with you for years to come. Rockford is back and ready to collect more diamonds than ever. With an emphasis on unique modes, this updated classic is dressed to impress. Boulder Dash-XL has enough original content to bring in a whole new generation of spelunkers. This is one cave worth exploring!
IGN (Jul 14, 2011)
Boulder Dash XL is simple and fun. It can be extremely challenging, though I never felt cheated during my diamond-collecting career. There's plenty to do and high scores to earn, but the visuals and sound don't deliver on the same level as the gameplay. I can only recommend Boulder Dash XL to the digitally brave. If you're among them, it's a great purchase and one that might stir fond memories of the '80s.
80 (UK) (Jul 15, 2011)
Despite the initial audio-visual horror, Boulder Dash XL ends up being far greater than the sum of its parts. This is one ugly ducking you won't be ashamed to spend time with.
DarkZero (Jul 24, 2011)
They’ve put together a pretty complete package here. Fans of the original games are well catered for with retro mode, and arcade and puzzle modes should keep the less hardcore pretty happy. Throw in zen mode, with no time limits, and time challenge to add extra longevity to a game already overflowing with content, and you are definitely getting good value for money. Boulder Dash XL is highly recommended for anybody who likes their arcade games with a puzzle element, young or old alike.
Worth Playing (Aug 12, 2011)
Boulder Dash-XL does a good job of convincing its audience that the original idea can still hold up today. The core gameplay is simple but addictive, and the multitude of levels with varying difficulty make it tough to put down once you pick up the controller. The game could have used better-looking graphics and better sound. While online leaderboards are nice, some type of multiplayer, whether competitive or co-op, offline or online, would've been ideal, considering the modern gaming culture. The overall package is good enough that those looking for some simple but endearing fun will find it here. For those who enjoy being challenged by good level design, Boulder Dash-XL is a game that's well worth playing.
Boulder Dash XL is a very fun simple yet fun game and extremely addictive for those of you who love to keep improving your scores and getting higher and higher on the leaderboards. With a price tag of 800 Microsoft Points, it is definitely worth the cash and will last you a good amount of hours.
75 (Jul 20, 2011)
This game is a solid game. I have enjoyed playing it, however, there are times I am a bit frustrated at myself for making dumb moves. The game doesn’t have many issues with bugs or glitches, normally if there is any frustration it is at me for making the wrong move or not seeing a solution when it can easily be there. I prefer to go after every crystal which at times makes the game much harder. No matter how you play, you will find joy in going back to the old school, simple game play of Boulder Dash XL.
Boulder Dash-XL has its ups and downs. Sometimes you'll have these awesome "Eureka!" moments where you figure out just what you have to do to get your next diamond, while other times you will feel as if the game is mocking you with its poor controls and unfair time limits. Still, this is a ten-dollar game, and you'll easily get more than ten dollars' worth of puzzling out of Boulder Dash-XL. Just know what you are getting into before you buy it and you won't be disappointed. However, if old school directional puzzles aren't your thing, or if you are easily frustrated by the Xbox controller, feel free to pass it up.
Thunderbolt Games (Jul 24, 2011)
Boulder Dash-XL is for the most part a graphically updated version of a retro game, providing the appeal of chasing down high scores within a game that’s easy enough to pick up and play. There is challenge to be had, racing through the levels with one eye watching whether the acquisition of a gem will call the collapse of a dozen boulders above it and the other eye on the time. It’s a simple game, reminiscent of a simpler time. Minus the quarters.
Impulse Gamer (Jul, 2011)
With access to online leaderboards and some great puzzles thrown into the mix, Boulder Dash-XL makes a welcome return to the XBox 360. The only issue with the game is that the new graphics seem a little complex as opposed to the original game. Even so, it's a fun and challenging experience and if you enjoy casual games, than you should definitely check out Boulder Dash-XL.
Game Watcher (Aug 11, 2011)
As it's just an XBLA release, the repetition is more acceptable and, in a sense, proves that there's enough material here to warrant a purchase. It's certainly difficult to claim you'll be left wanting more by the time you plough through the hundreds of levels covering all the game modes.
GameSpot (Jul 19, 2011)
You get a lot of game for your money when you spend 800 Microsoft points on Boulder Dash-XL, but not all of the game's 150-plus levels are good. It's true that even some of the weaker levels might offer some lasting appeal if you get competitive on the online leaderboards and try to perfect your routes through them, but those that aren't fun the first time still aren't much fun 20 runs later. And besides, the dedicated Score Attack mode is a better way to compete online, because its levels (of which there are only four, sadly) are designed to be much less linear than those in the Arcade and Retro modes. Boulder Dash-XL is great when it sticks close to the original Boulder Dash formula, but an apparent focus on quantity rather than quality hurts the experience. Where the original Boulder Dash was a true diamond, Boulder Dash-XL is merely a convincing cubic zirconia.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Aug 30, 2011)
Boulder Dash XL is dan ook verrassend intens en spannend, maar dat kan ook nog steeds van de Commodore 64 worden gezegd die we tegenwoordig spelen via de Virtual Console op de Wii op onze 50'' TV (awesome!). Maar deze XL versie mag er ook zijn, zodat de anciens eindelijk eens wat nieuwe levels voorgeschoteld krijgen en de nieuwe generatie gamers ook kan kennismaken met deze leuke game.