Boulder Dash

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Boulder Dash
Boulder Dash NES.jpg
NES box art
Developer(s)First Star Software
Designer(s)Peter Liepa, Chris Gray
Platform(s)Arcade, Atari 8-bit computers, Apple II, MSX, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, ColecoVision, NES, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, PC, Amstrad CPC, Amiga, iOS, Atari 2600
Release date(s)1984
Genre(s)Arcade
Mode(s)Single-player
 
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Boulder Dash
Boulder Dash NES.jpg
NES box art
Developer(s)First Star Software
Designer(s)Peter Liepa, Chris Gray
Platform(s)Arcade, Atari 8-bit computers, Apple II, MSX, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, ColecoVision, NES, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, PC, Amstrad CPC, Amiga, iOS, Atari 2600
Release date(s)1984
Genre(s)Arcade
Mode(s)Single-player

Boulder Dash (バルダーダッシュ Barudā Dasshu?), originally released in 1984 for Atari 8-bit computers,[1] is a series of computer games released for the Apple II, MSX, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, and ColecoVision home computers, and later ported to the NES, BBC Micro and Acorn Electron, PC, Amstrad CPC, Amiga and many other platforms. It was created by Peter Liepa and Chris Gray, and on October 28, 1983, acquired and later published by First Star Software, which still owns the rights to the game. Boulder Dash inherits numerous gameplay similarities from the earlier 1982 arcade game The Pit, by Japanese developer Taito.

The game's protagonist is called "Rockford".[2] He must dig through caves collecting gems and diamonds and reach the exit within a time limit, while avoiding various types of dangerous creatures as well as obstacles like falling rocks and the constant danger of being crushed or trapped by an avalanche, or killed by an underground explosion.

The Commodore 64 version of the first game was also re-released on the Virtual Console in Europe on September 19, 2008, and in North America on June 1, 2009, but was removed from the service in 2013.

Rockford, left, drops a series of boulders on a series of butterflies. The butterflies explode into diamonds, which fall down the shafts. Commodore 64 version.

Series[edit]

The official Boulder Dash games started in 1984 with the original home computer title, and continue to be published by First Star.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
Computer and Video Games34/40[12]
Crash93%[10]
Sinclair User5/10[11]
Your Sinclair8/10[9]
Zzap!6497%[14]
Home Computing Weekly5/5[13]
Awards
PublicationAward
Zzap!64Gold Medal

Compute! favorably reviewed Boulder Dash Construction Kit, noting that the sample game was much more difficult than the original Boulder Dash.[15] Mean Machines gave the Game Boy port of Boulder Dash a score of 90%, praising it as "one of the finest video games ever written", describing the game as "one to buy as soon as possible" and noting its faithfulness to the original Commodore 64 version.[16]

The ZX Spectrum version was voted number 9 in the Your Sinclair Official Top 100 Games of All Time.[17]

Clones and similar games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview with author Peter Liepa". Boulder-dash.nl. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  2. ^ "Boulder Dash". The International Arcade Museum. Retrieved 06OCT2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Campbell, Stuart (2008). "The Definitive Boulder Dash". Retro Gamer (53): 32–41. 
  4. ^ "Oh! FM-7 Museum". Retropc.net. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  5. ^ http://www.c64sets.com/details_db.html?id=5616&t=Boulder%20Dash%20Construction%20Kit&i=manual%20page%206
  6. ^ "Rockford". World of Spectrum. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  7. ^ "Boulder Dash XL Announced". Bluesnews. 2010-11-09. 
  8. ^ Hilliard, Kyle (21 January 2014). "Original Boulder Dash Creators Team-Up For Mobile Remake". Game Informer. GameStop. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Boulderdash". Ysrnry.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  10. ^ "Archive - Magazine viewer". World of Spectrum. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  11. ^ "Archive - Magazine viewer". World of Spectrum. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  12. ^ "Archive - Magazine viewer". World of Spectrum. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  13. ^ "Archive - Magazine viewer". World of Spectrum. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  14. ^ "Zzap!64 100th Issue Pull-Out Special Page 5". Zzap64.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  15. ^ Anderson, Rhett (February 1988). "Boulder Dash". Compute!. p. 53. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  16. ^ Rignall, Julian; Richard Leadbetter (June 1991). "Boulderdash review". Mean Machines (9). Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  17. ^ "YS Top 100 Games of All Time". Your Sinclair. September 1993. 

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