Undoubtedly First Star's best known property, Boulder Dash® and its many sequels continue to delight and challenge casual and hard-core players of all ages and both sexes. As part of the 30th anniversary celebration for Boulder Dash® we launched an online store with "all things Boulder Dash®" which can be found here: http://www.cafepress.com/Boulder_Dash.
|Boulder Dash® Sequel for iOS and Android SmartPhones and Tablets
Boulder Dash® - 30th Anniversary™
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Since its initial release in 1984, several millions of units of Boulder Dash® have been purchased throughout the world on numerous platforms, with four versions appearing in the coin-operated arcades. The latest releases in the series include:
2014 Boulder Dash®-30th Anniversary™ for iOS was featured by Apple in Best New Games in mid October and quickly moved into the Top 50 for Free Puzzle Games. Soon thereafter the app was released for Android SmartPhones and Tablets, again by First Star Software, Inc. with co-developer and co-publisher TapStar Interactive. Boulder Dash®-30th Anniversary™ is the first collaboration by Peter Liepa and Chris Gray (the two original creators of the multi-million unit selling Boulder Dash) since the first game in the series was released; and, it is the first free to play game in the Boulder Dash series for iOS.
Dig through a slew of new, spectacular, exciting and challenging caves with 3D elements; avoid falling boulders; collect valuable gems and avoid nefarious enemies along the way as you search for the exit before time runs out. Discover treasure chests with rare collectibles and potent power-ups throughout 220 exciting levels,11 new, gorgeous and unique worlds, and 9 male and female playable characters. While remaining true to the classic gameplay and including all of your favorite, classic creatures and features, Boulder Dash-30th Anniversary™ introduces exciting new elements such as diagonal movement, using ramps, which opens up new and intriguing puzzles while creating a very different and organic look for the caves. Power-ups and cave packs for additional worlds, creatures and features available as unlockables; or, as In-App-Purchases.
2013 Boulder Dash®-XL 3D™ for Nintendo 3DS was released at retail and on Nintendo’s eShop in Euorpe and North America by Reef Entertainment. Boulder Dash®-The FULL Collection™ for Android, with over 250 cave permutations, from 5 games in the Boulder Dash® series was published by First Star Software, Inc. on OYUA and GameStick.
2012 Boulder Dash®-The FULL Collection™ for Android includes over 250 cave permutations, from 5 games in the Boulder Dash® series all for a single price. Boulder Dash®-XL 3D™ for Nintendo 3DS as well as Boulder Dash®-XL™ for SmartPhone (iOS and Android to start) are the latest versions of this sequel with over 150 caves!
2011 Boulder Dash®-XL™ for Xbox LIVE® Arcade and Boulder Dash®-XL™ for Windows PC in partnership with Kalypso and Catnip Games feature both Rockford™ and Crystal™ in over 150 all new caves, across 5 Game Modes. Boulder Dash®-The Collection™ for Android provided gamers with a choice of 5 games in the Boulder Dash® series each sold as an in-app purchase. It's official, Boulder Dash® will be part of the Smithsonian's Exhibit: "The Art of Videogames". French, German and Spanish language versions of Boulder Dash®-Pirate’s Quest™ released by Big Fish Games and other portal partners.
2010 Boulder Dash® Vol. 2-'Rockford's Revenge'™ was released for iPhone/iPod touch and iPad as an in-app purchase with Manomio's C-64 emulator for Apple iOS. Boulder Dash®-ROCKS!™ for BlackBerry was featured by RIM on AppWorld and Sprint picked up the title as well! Boulder Dash®-Pirate’s Quest™ made its debut on AOL Games.
2009 Boulder Dash® Vol. 1, the first game in the series, was named ‘New and Noteworthy’ by Apple when launched for iPhone/iPod touch. Shortly thereafter, Boulder Dash®-ROCKS!™ was released for BlackBerry, then followed by Windows Mobile, iPhone/iPod touch, J2ME and BREW. The original Commodore 64 version of Boulder Dash® was released in North America for Nintendo’s WiiWare/Virtual Console for C-64. Boulder Dash®-Pirate’s Quest™ for PC and Mac followed, as part of the continuing releases during Boulder Dash’s 25th anniversary year.
2008 The original Commodore 64 version of Boulder Dash® was released in Europe on September 19th for Nintendo’s WiiWare/Virtual Console for C-64. In a recent TV interview with the legendary Ian Livingstone (“godfather of Lara Croft and Edios’ creative director”), when asked to name his favorite game on the Commodore 64 … he said it was Boulder Dash®!
2007 Boulder Dash®-ROCKS!™ for the Nintendo DS throughout Europe on November 22nd, distribution by Electronic Arts. Boulder Dash®-Treasure Pleasure™ on Disney's Game Cafe, four years after the game's initial release... talk about having legs.
2006 Boulder Dash®-M.E.™2 for cell-phones with co-publisher i-Play. A limited-edition release of the original Boulder Dash® on the Atari 5200.
2005 Boulder Dash®-Tournaments For Prizes™ for cell phones; Boulder Dash® and Boulder Dash®-Panic!™ for Danger's hiptop/Sidekick SmartPhones; Boulder Dash® Vol. 2-'Rockford's Revenge'™ for the Atari 5200.
2004 Boulder Dash®-PocketPC Extreme™ and Boulder Dash®-SmartPhone Extreme™.
2003 Boulder Dash®-Treasure Pleasure™ for Java and Flash enabled browsers or for off-line on Windows PCs; Boulder Dash®-M.E.™ for J2ME, BREW, and mophun cell-phones.
First Star licensed certain rights pertaining to only Boulder Dash® Vol. 1 to KEMCO. As a result, in late 2002 and early 2003 KEMCO released Boulder Dash® EX™ for Game Boy Advance throughout the world.
At about the same time, in 2002, First Star and its partner FlyOrDie/Solware released Boulder Dash®-Xmas 2002™ which can be played online in Java or Flash enabled browsers, or downloaded for play on PCs supporting Microsoft Java Virtual Machine.
In 2001 a JAVA-enabled cell phone version of Boulder Dash® Vol. 1 was released in Japan by KEMCO. (Which due to its success was followed by a cell-phone version of Boulder Dash®-EX™, released only in Japan.)
Boulder Dash® was first published by First Star 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.
The 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.