HISTORY

The official Boulder Dash games started in 1984 with the original home computer title, and continued to be published by First Star Software, Inc. until mid of 2017. Mid of 2017 BBG Entertainment GmbH acquired all rights to Boulder Dash from First Star Software Inc.

In 2011 Boulder Dash became part of the Smithsonian’s Exhibit: “The Art of Videogames”!

  • Boulder Dash I (1984 – Apple II, C64, Atari400/800, PC,…) – the first version called Boulder Dash I (or Boulder Dash Vol. 1)  was published by First Star Software on the Apple II, C64, Atari 400/800 and PC. This first version was also offered for the European Amstrad CPC, BBC-Electron and ZX Spectrum home computers. In Japan it was published by Comptique for NEC, Fujitsu and MSX (Japanese home computer standard) computer.
  • Boulder Dash I (1984 – Arcade) – The coin-op company Exidy licensed Boulder Dash I and ported it to their Max-A-Flex arcade cabinet. This was the first time home a computer game was licensed into the arcades, rather than the other way around which was the norm.
  • Boulder Dash I (1985 – Arcade) – in 1985 another arcade company (Data East) released it on their “DECO Cassette System”.
  • Boulder Dash II – Rockford’s Revenge (1985 – Apple II, C64, Atari400/800, PC,….) – the second version of the game was published by Electronic Arts (EA) on the Apple II, C64, Atari 400/800 and PC. In Europe it was also released for Amstrad, MSX and ZX Spectrum. Prism Leisure published it under the name Rockford’s Riot on the ZX Spectrum. In Japan this version was titled Champion Boulder Dash and was released for MSX home computers.
  • Boulder Dash III (1986 – Apple II, C64, Spectrum, PC) – special monochrome version with space-themed graphics.
  • Boulder Dash Construction Kit (1986/1987 – Apple II, C64/C128, Amiga, Spectrum, Atari 8-bit computers, Atari ST, PC,…) – this version was published by Prism Leisure (UK) and EPYX (US) and was first offered in Europe and later in 1987 in the US. It was also titled Boulder Dash IV. The construction kit allowed players to create their own levels.
  • Rockford (1988 – Arcade, Amiga, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Arcade, Spectrum, Amstrad, C64) – The Boulder Dash sequel called Rockford™ was created for Mastertronics who released the game worldwide across numerous home computer platforms as well as into the coin-op arcades. Rockford was released by Mastertronics for: Amiga, Amstrad, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, C-64/128, Coin-Op, PC and Spectrum. It was distributed in North America by Electronic Arts.
  • Boulder Dash Part 2 (1990 – Arcade) – Data East developed and distributed the 4th coin-op version of Boulder Dash. This was the second Boulder Dash coin-op version licensed by them from First Star Software.
  • Boulder Dash (1990 – Game Boy and NES) – JVC got a license and published the Game Boy version in North America and Japan and the NES version in North America. JVC sub-licensed these versions to Nintendo and Nintendo published them in Europe. Data East published the NES version in Japan.
  • Boulder Dash I (2001 – Java Cell Phones) – Boulder Dash I was ported to Japanese Java cell phones.
  • Boulder Dash EX (2002 – Game Boy Advance) – Kemco in Japan developed and sold this version (Japan, North America and Europe) which includes a new “EX mode” including multi player feature and the “Classic mode” which is a direct port of the 1984 PC version.
  • Boulder Dash Xmas 2002 Edition (2002 – PC)
  • Boulder Dash – Treasure Pleasure (2003 – PC Online/Flash and Java)
  • Boulder Dash – ME (2003 – J2ME, BREW and mophun cell phones)
  • Boulder Dash – Tournament For Prizes (2005 – J2ME and BREW cell phones)
  • Boulder Dash – ME 2 (2006 – J2ME and BREW cell phones)
  • Boulder Dash: Rocks! (2007 – DS, PSP) – was published by Electronic Arts (EA) in Europe only.
  • Boulder Dash Vol 1 (2009 – iOS)
  • Boulder Dash Vol 1 (2008/2009 – WiiWare Virtual Console) – the original C64 version was released on the Virtual Console for C64 in Europe and later in North America.
  • Boulder Dash: Rocks! (2009 – Blackberry, J2ME and iOS)
  • Boulder Dash-XL (2011 – Xbox Live Arcade, Windows PC) – in partnership with Kalypso and Catnip Games feature both Rockford™ and Crystal™ in over 150 all new caves, across 5 Game Modes.Videogames”.
  • Boulder Dash-XL 3D (2012 – Nintendo 3DS) – 3D port of Boulder Dash-XL for Nintendo’s 3DS was released at retail in Europe and North America in 2012 and on Nintendo’s eShop (including Japan) in 2013.
  • Boulder Dash-XL (2012/2013 – iOS, Android) – remake of the classic Boulder Dash done by Hero Craft Ltd. with new graphics and levels for iOS and Android.
  • Boulder Dash-The FULL Collection (2013 – Android) – this Android SmartPhone version was a launch title on GameStick in 2013; soon thereafter released on OUYA.
  • Boulder Dash: 30th Anniversary (2014 – iOS and Android) – featured by Apple in Best New Games in mid October, quickly moving into the Top 50 for Free Puzzle Games. Soon thereafter released for Android. This version includes 260 exciting levels, 13 new, gorgeous worlds, and 10 playable characters..
  • Boulder Dash: 30th Anniversary (2016 – PC and Mac) – the first sequel since 1987 to include an editor, allowing users to create and share their own caves on Steam Workshop! The original Boulder Dash® was created by Peter Liepa with Chris Gray over 30 years ago. Boulder Dash®-30th Anniversary™ is the first, and only, game in the Boulder Dash series to include both a premium world designed by Peter Liepa and another by Chris Gray. While providing classic Boulder Dash core gameplay mechanics and features, Boulder Dash®-30th Anniversary™ introduces exciting new elements such as ramps with diagonal movement, which opens up new and intriguing puzzles while creating a very different and organic look for the caves.

BOULDER DASH I


Atari 8 Bit (Cartridge)
Boulder Dash I cover
Nintendo NES
Boulder Dash I cover Nintendo
Acorn BBC Micro
Boulder Dash Acorn BBC Micro
Fujitsu FM-7
Boulder Dash Fujitsu FM-7
Commodore C64
Boulder Dash Commodore C64
Commodore C64
Boulder Dash Commodore C64
Hitachi S1 
Boulder Dash Hitachi S1 
Nintendo Famicom

Boulder Dash Nintendo Famicom

Combo Atari 8 bit  & Commodore C64 
Boulder Dash Combo Atari 8 bit  & Commodore C64 
IBM PC
Boulder Dash IBM PC
NEC PC-8801
Boulder Dash NEC PC-8801
Atari 2600

Boulder Dash Atari 2600

Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Boulder Dash Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Yeno Super Cassette Vision
Yeno Super Cassette Vision
GameBoy
GameBoy
GameBoy (Jap.)
GameBoy (Jap.)

BOULDER DASH II


Hitachi S1
BOULDER DASH II Hitachi S1
Commodore C64
Boulder Dash 2 Commodore C64
IBM PC
Boulder Dash 2 IBM PC
Commodore C64
Boulder Dash 2 Commodore C64
Atari 2600
Boulder Dash 2 Atari 2600

BOULDER DASH III


Amstrad CPC 

Boulder Dash 3 Amstrad CPC 

Commodore C64

Boulder Dash 3 Commodore C64

SUPER BOULDER DASH (Champion Boulder Dash)


Apple II

Super Boulder Dash Apple II

Commodore C64
Super Boulder Dash Commodore C64
Fujitsu FM-7
Super Boulder Dash Fujitsu FM-7
 Sharp X1
 Super Boulder Dash Sharp X1
NEC PC-8801

Super Boulder Dash NEC PC-8801

BOULDER DASH CONSTRUCTION KIT (Boulder Dash IV)


Atari 8 Bit C64
Boulder Dash Construction Kit Atari 8 Bit C64
Commodore C64
Boulder Dash Construction Kit Commodore C64
IBM PC
Boulder Dash Construction Kit IBM PC
Atari ST

Boulder Dash Construction Kit Atari ST

Commodore C64
Boulder Dash Construction Kit Commodore C64
Commodore C64
Boulder Dash Construction Kit Commodore C64
Atari ST
Boulder Dash Construction Kit Atari ST
Amstrad CPC

Boulder Dash Construction Kit Amstrad CPC

IBM PC
Boulder Dash Construction Kit IBM PC
IBM PC
Boulder Dash Construction Kit IBM PC
Commodore Amiga

Boulder Dash Construction Kit Commodore Amiga

ROCKFORD


Commodore C64 (Disk)

Boulder Dash Rockford Commodore C64 (Disk)

CLONES


Emerald Mine Professional / Amiga

Boulder Dash clone Emerald Mine Professional / Amiga

La Mine aux Diamants

Boulder Dash clone La Mine aux Diamants

NEW GENERATION


GameBoy Advance
Boulder Dash EX New version GameBoy Advance
GameBoy Advance (Jap)
Boulder Dash EX New version GameBoy Advance (Jap)
GameBoy Advance
Boulder Dash EX New version GameBoy Advance

FLYER/ADVERTISEMENTS


(Jap)
Boulder Dash vintage Flyer (Jap)
(USA)
Boulder Dash vintage Flyer (USA)
(Jap)
Boulder Dash vintage Flyer (Jap)

Boulder Dash vintage Flyer (Jap)

 Boulder Dash vintage Flyer (Jap)