Boulder Dash

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Boulder Dash, originally released in 1984, is a series of computer games for the Atari 400/800, Apple II, MSX, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, and ColecoVision home computers, and later ported to the NES, BBC Micro and Acorn Electron, PC, Amstrad CPC, Amiga and many other platforms. It was created by Peter Liepa and Chris Gray, and on October 28, 1983, acquired and later published by First Star Software, which still[update] owns the rights to the game. Boulder Dash inherits numerous gameplay similarities from the earlier 1982 arcade game The Pit, by Centuri.

The game’s protagonist is called “Rockford”. He must dig through caves collecting gems and diamonds and reach the exit within a time limit, while avoiding various types of dangerous creatures as well as obstacles like falling rocks and the constant danger of being crushed or trapped by an avalanche, or killed by an underground explosion.

The Commodore 64 version of the first game was also re-released on the Virtual Console in Europe on September 19, 2008 and in North America on June 1, 2009.

After hearing the synopsis – but not playing – Boulder Dash, 15-year-old Tim Tyler programmed his own game on what he imagined it to be like. The result was Repton, which went on to be published by Superior Software for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron, becoming a huge hit and being ported to a number of other computers.

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