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Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary

Rating Summary

Based on 4 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCSep 13, 2016

Developers: FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC., TapStar Interactive Inc.

Genre: Arcade

Level Editor and Steam Workshop Support - Make Boulder Dash®-30th Anniversary your own by creating and sharing your own levels with the Steam Community. Leave your mark on Boulder Dash for the next 30 years.

The original Boulder Dash® was created by Peter Liepa with Chris Gray over 30 years ago and published by First Star Software in 1984. Boulder Dash®-30th Anniversary™ is the first, and only, game in the multi-million unit selling Boulder Dash series to include both a world designed by Peter Liepa and another by Chris Gray.

Gem Collectors, Dig This! Boulder Dash-30th Anniversary finds our heroes, Rockford, Crystal and others, facing a slew of new, exciting challenges in this legendary action puzzler. Dig through spectacular 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, use potent power-ups. With 220 exciting levels across 11 new, gorgeous and unique worlds, and 10 playable characters, Boulder Dash-30th Anniversary is the best game in its 30 year history.

While providing classic Boulder Dash core gameplay mechanics 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.

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Reviews

Gaming Nexus

8 / 10.0
Gaming Nexus

Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary is a great way to celebrate Rockford’s thirty year trek through the caves.  While the game looks like it belongs on a mobile device (which makes sense given this was originally released on iOS and Android) and the controls could be a bit tighter, the game offers up plenty of challenge even within the early worlds.  Fans of arcade-style puzzle games will definitely want to dig into this one.

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ZTGD

7 / 10.0
ZTGD

Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary is a fun and addictive little puzzle game that makes its transition to the PC market well thanks to keyboard/controller support and removal of ads/microtransactions. It’s just unfortunate that the asking price is a bit steep for the content on offer.

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Twinfinite

2 / 5.0
Twinfinite

There is a clarity to proceedings that invokes the memory of a time when games were uncluttered with narrative baggage, when a single, simple idea was front and center, and gameplay spoke louder than all else. In that sense, playing Boulder Dash now is a nice little hook, and it will keep you entertained for a short while, but with irritating barriers to progress, and a lack of any depth or nuance, it will be a short while indeed.

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Worth Playing

6.5 / 10.0
Worth Playing

Overall, Boulder Dash: 30th Anniversary Edition is a flawed but fun experience. The base game still runs on a good formula, the challenge is great, and the curve isn't too punishing. The addition of power-ups changes things up a bit, and level creation is a nice addition to a game that's already packed with over 200 stages. However, the presentation feels flat, and the grind can be enough of a deterrent for those wanting to actually complete the game. It's worth checking out, but mostly if you can wait for a sale on it.

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