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Boulder Dash ® finds our heroes, Rockford™, Crystal™ and others, facing a slew of exciting challenges in this legendary action puzzler!

The world-famous classic interactive game from the early home computer and video game age !

 

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The original Boulder Dash ® is a pioneering interactive game dating back to the early times of the home computer and video game era being first launched in 1984. Boulder Dash ® and its many sequels have delighted and challenged casual and hard-core players of all ages and sexes for over three decades.

Boulder Dash ® is an innovative action-puzzle digging and collection game responsible for launching its own game genre. The game’s protagonist is called “Rockford™”. He must dig through caves collecting gems and reach the exit within a time limit, while avoiding various types of dangerous creatures as well as obstacles like falling boulders and the constant danger of being crushed or trapped by an avalanche, or killed by an underground explosion.

 

Boulder Dash - 8bit C64 Commodore, Atari, SharpBoulder Dash ® was first published by First Star Software, Inc. in 1984 on the C-64, Apple II and Atari 4/800. It has routinely found itself being ranked among the top C64 games. In the USA, C64 Wiki ranked it as the number 4 of all C64 games. In Europe it earned rank 31 on Lemon Retro Store and rank 14 for all time C64 games at The C64 Games. The c’t Magazin in Germany included it in the top 30 games for the C64.

 

Boulder Dash 30 Annviversary As part of the 30th anniversary celebration for Boulder Dash ® we launched new exciting version: Boulder Dash ®-30th Anniversary™ is available for Android™ smartphones and tablet PCs on the Google Play™ store; for the Apple iPhone/iPad on the Apple iTunes App Store℠ and for PC and Mac on Steam®. Boulder Dash ®-30th Anniversary featured as a „Best New Game“ and „Best New Update“ in more than 75 countries worldwide. And it is still getting great reviews!


Early History

Boulder Dash ® was first published by First Star Software in 1984 on the C-64, Apple II and Atari 4/800. After the original Boulder Dash ®, the second game, Boulder Dash ® Vol. 2-‘Rockford’s Revenge’™was combined with Boulder Dash ® and published by Electronic Arts as Super Boulder Dash™ on the C-64, Apple II, IBM-CGA and Atari 4/800 from 1986-1987.

Boulder Dash Construction KitThe Boulder Dash ® Construction Kit™ was published in North America by EPYX on the C-64, Apple II, IBM-CGA, Atari ST and Atari 4/800 from 1987-1988. It was also licensed for sale throughout the world including Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and Japan on MSX, NEC and various disk and cartridge platforms unique to these territories. In 1990, as a result of a license to JVC and a sub-license to Nintendo, JVC released an NES version of Boulder Dash ® in North America. And Nintendo published NES and Game Boy versions in Europe with Data East selling the NES version in Japan.

In addition Boulder Dash ® or its derivatives have been released four times into the coin-operated arcades: twice by Data East (1985 & 1991), once by EXIDY and once by Mastertronics/Arcadia Systems as Rockford™. Mastertronics also published floppy versions of Rockford™ on C-64, Spectrum, IBM-CGA & EGA, Atari ST and Amiga.