I grew up with the C64-version from Boulder Dash. But I must admit that the controlling in the Atariversion is a bit better.
Even as C64-fan I prefer the Atari XL version.
I have heard that some people think the Atari version of Boulder Dash is somehow better than the C64 version.
Isn't the gameplay pretty much 100% identical? Where is the real difference?
The only differences I can see are:
- different sound effects (C64's are slightly better imho, except some sounds)
- different color palette (C64's are better, although Atari's COULD have been better, but the color choices are oddly bland and grey, where they could have been colorful and beautiful)
- different waveforms used in the title screen song
.. no matter how I scratch my head, I simply cannot perceive any other differences.
For all intents and purposes, besides those very tiny differences, the versions are:
This is another very difficult game that I just can't play, because I always make some mistake that screws up the levels where you have to focus a lot and work long and hard to dig for a few measly diamonds, or where I can't think fast enough with the levels with the 'fireflies' and other enemies running around.
I wish there was a version of Boulder Dash that had the exact same difficulty as the first two levels - those represent my skill level for this game perfectly, and I can complete those levels with relative ease.
The difficulty curve is just too steep with this one - two levels are perfect difficult, and then it becomes incredibly hard.
But, it's atmospheric, fun while it lasts, and a neat and original idea.
Because of the difficulty, I never was a fan of this game. But I guess it's good for those that are skilled enough and can play difficult games.
Overtonesinger Filip - 15/02/2015
Best game ever!
I programmed in C++ a freeware PC DOS version of the B.DASH CONSTRUCTION KIT back in 1997. :-) ... It even has fluent scrolling (in assembler!) on 386-33 MHz. Runs even today in Dosbox. I used the original ATARI graphics with all the correct palletes. :-)
THE best for the 800, had it on disk, played it all day...
I believe this was originally written for the Atari. First played it on the C64. Both versions are almost identical but I think it plays better on the Atari.
best port imho, plays way snappier than on c64, i wonder if the construction kit caves are compatible with other ports and vice versa?! 8.5/10
OMG, I played Boulder Dash in 1987 when I was about 10. In Russia we called the game "Little Ant" or "Diamonds". Also I played SPECCY version but it has poor graphics and sound. My vote is 10.
baz armstrong - 08/11/2009
This has to be one of the best games ever!
This is one of the greatest computer games of all time! I played it 25 years ago and I even enjoy it playing this game today!
while it is surpassed by more modern games, this has to be the best game ever due to time spent playing it.
a true classic..
krm_mayadagli - 07/08/2009
This is best games on the world !
t,was a great game.i loved the music...(am humming it now)
love it, love it since i was 7~~~
Scott Wozniak - 15/09/2008
Boulder Dash was GREAT.
One of the best games for Atari 800XL/65XE.
while i may spend little time with it now. it still goes down as my most played game EVER in the past 25 years or so..
Atari800XLFan - 15/09/2007
I luv it, the best game ever....10/10
This is best games on the world !
This is one of the best games that I ever played for my old Atari 130Xe. Even today i still can play it and enjoy it like a 20 years ago.
Surprising how playable this game is, even today!
Great idea. Great implementation. A true classic.
Absolutelly "MUST HAVE" game ever...witty idea, good presentation...I spent long months with this game...
I love this game is one of my favourites, just to get insane excelent
This game is really a must!