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Game #2541
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Boulderdash 2    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: WISE Games
Puzzle   Third person

Rating: 8.35 (260 votes)

Boulderdash 2 box cover

Boulderdash 2 screenshot
In 1984, First Star released a low profile, unassuming puzzler called Boulderdash that would become the company's best selling series and sparked numerous clones even decades after its release. The game could perhaps best be described as Pac-Man with brains. The concept is simple: help guide adventurous Rockford through 16 caves packed with tricky puzzles to solve. Your basic goal on each level is to collect the specified number of diamonds to advance to the next, more difficult, level. Along the way, you will foil fireflies and butterflies, trap bubbling amoeba, and transform worthless boulders into valuable diamonds.. and vice versa. Of course, it is not as easy as it first seems, especially since Rockford can be instantaneously crushed by boulders if he carelessly tunnels right below them, opening up space for them to fall down. The trick is to carefully tunnel your way to all the diamonds without making the rocks fall on you, or quickly evade them once they do. The game is a lot of fun for its time, and hundreds of levels kept many fans glued to the screen for hours on end.

The sequel, Boulderdash 2, adds more of the same features that made the original highly addictive: many more devious levels, special items, and monsters. Both games are true classics in every sense of the word. Thumbs up!

Note: The download here includes both Boulderdash 1 and 2, since they are so small ;) If you like the original classic, be sure to also check out Petr Simon's 1998 remake of the original in the "Extra" section below. His version is a faithful remake of Boulderdash, with some slight graphical changes and a very vibrant VGA palette.

Note: We have been informed by First Star Software that the company continues to exploit their intellectual properties, and therefore they regrettably cannot allow distribution of their past titles. Please contact First Star directly if you would like to obtain their out-of-print products.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Peter Liepa
Developer: First Star
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Year: 1986
Software Copyright: First Star
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:   First Star Software
Related Links: Official Boulderdash Site, Internet Boulderdash Resources
If you like this game, try: Boulderdash, Rockford, Terra Probe

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