Peter and Christopher of Canada created this amazing puzzle action game originally for the 800. It was ported to countless formats and eventually sold over 500,000 games worldwide!
Graphics aren't special. But the scrolling and gameplay are terrific.
Unfortunately, I'm not great at this. Still fun though.
Excuse me while I go and try the game again!
Perhaps, one of the best 800 games.
Absolutely outstanding. I was never very good at this game, but never felt cheated when I died. That's the mark of a great game. The variety of screens along with their design, the music/sound effects, and even the title screen were all quality and it remains fun right to this day.
The original version.
Fantastic 8 bit game. Huge, fast, stress, chocking, complexity, super accurate, tricky, it play with a lot of different moods. It makes me cry when the rocks fall it hurt like if it was real. ;)
I played it on the Amstrad CPC and green monitor with very sharp graphics. A8, CPC and C64 are lucky to have this gem perfectly executed.
My fav was the BD 3 (in space).
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!