The hope is to give some info about how Boulder Dash was originally created, made into a game, released on various platforms, and how the clones came and whether they affected sales of commercial Boulder Dash. I have little enough info at the moment though.
In this document:
Hopefully Peter Liepa will be able to fill in this gap a little. :)
With any luck, this section might include info as to when Boulder Dash (the commercial game)
was written and released for various platforms.
I'm aware of BoulderDash being released on the following platforms:
Peter Liepa writes:
- Amstrad CPC (©1984; sold by mirrorsoft) 160x200x16 colors
- Atari 400/800 (written by Peter Liepa, sold by First Star Software). Lawrence Gold writes:
One of the disks has good ol' Boulder Dash on it, ©1984 First Star Software, by Peter Liepa with Chris Gray. However, another disk has a different version that includes an editor. It is ©1986 First Star Software; the author is Jeffrey Schneider, with game puzzles designed by Fernando Herrera.
The opening screen is just like the usual Boulder Dash, only the scrolling field behind the title moves more slowly. Also, it has a lot of things I recall seeing in Boulder Dash 2: namely, walls that turn boulders into diamonds and vice-versa, levels on which Rockford moves at an insanely fast pace, amoebas (or did the first version have these too?).
Once you've loaded a game (there are two included with it), you can
select the starting level with the joystick.
- Atari ST: Lawrence Gold writes:
There was an apparently commercial version of Boulder Dash for the Atari ST that I came across a few years ago. This version included an editor. It was quite faithful to the Atari 8-bit version, but just wasn't the same for some reason. :)
- Commodore 64 (written by ?, sold by First Star Software)
- DOS - PC (written by ?, sold by Electronic Arts)
- DOS - PC Junior (written by ?, sold by Electronic Arts) CGA only. ©1984 First Star Software, ©1988 prism leisure
- BBC/Electron (written by Andrew Bennett, sold by TyneSoft)
- Nintendo and Gameboy (written by ?, sold by ?)
- SNES - Super Nintendo Entertainment System (written by ?, sold by Exidy; ©1984) [info from Killer List of Video Games]
- MSX microcomputer: At least two different versions of Boulder Dash were implemented for MSX microcomputers:
[info from Jarkko Kaurinki]
- Boulder Dash by Peter Liepa and Chris Grey (although who actually wrote the MSX port I don't know) for MSX standard (just like C64 version).
- Boulder Dash something for MSX standard with four different worlds (kitchen, space, wild west and ? related worlds (four scenarios in each)). Rockford looked different in each world; e.g. in space world he was an astronaut, in wild west he was a cowboy.
- ZX Spectrum (Written by Dalali Software Limited, sold by First Star Software; ©1984)
The original Boulder Dash was for the Atari 400/800, and was ported to C64 about a year later.
There was also a PC version published by Electronic Arts.
Andrew Bennett has written some stuff about the history of the BBC/Electron official implementation, released in Jan 1987.
Getting comprehensive info about clones may be difficult, but if there's any info I can obtain,
this is where I'll put it.
Commercial BD is not totally dead [Sep 1995]. There were Nintendo and GameBoy ports
a few years ago, and possible new ports to other platforms and OSs are being contemplated.
Isn't there some phrase that says, "imitation is the highest form of flattery"? If so, I'd say
it's rather appropriate. The sheer number of clones released really do indicate that Boulder Dash
was and is a fantastic game.
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