Boulder Dash®-XL™ Review
- Good variety of modes.
- Good music (if not a little sharp).
- Nothing that really captures the player, whether they be new to the game or not.
While the variety of choice is nice, Boulderdash is a game of its time, and this does little to revamp it for a new audience.
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The original Bourder Dash is one of those games that most people who played games in the 80s and early 90s should be very familiar with. Not just that it was ported to every system imaginable, but because there were a million knock-offs as well. In the end, it was the same simple game. Walk around in the dirt, gather gems and avoid getting crushed by the boulders once you moved under them, thus triggering a rockslide. The levels were often part reflex action game, and part puzzle, as you planned which way to approach gathering certain gems from, and then getting out of the way of impending rocky doom as soon as humanly possible. Bourder Dash -XL attempts to bring the game into modern times while still keeping the core experience alive through a plethora of game modes. Let's see if they succeed.
The controls are as they always were, with the choice of either directional arrows or an analogue stick. Move around and dig. If you are standing underneath a boulder, once you move, it will fall (as well as any boulders it might be holding in place). You can also use the dig button to remove the dirt from any space above, below, or beside you. These keep the same through the various modes available which include score attack, puzzle, retro, zen and the classic arcade mode.
Most of the modes are self explanatory, and offer a selection of levels to choose from. A personal favourite was puzzle, which presents a small area in which all the gems need to be collected, but really the core experience stays the same. This sadly rings true for the visuals as well. Sure the retro mode swaps the modelled character for some pixel art but all in all the presentation is rather muddy and uninspired. The music has some good moments, but comes across as tinny and rather too sharp.
The main problem with Bourder Dash -XL though is Bourder Dash itself. It really is a game of its time, that has not aged well, and this supposed re-imaging really just takes the game, throws some lighting and models onto it, and slightly tweaks the win state for its five different modes. Those looking for a nostalgic throwback might enjoy this, but on the whole, it's a rather average experience that will be hard pressed to find widespread appeal.
Description"5/5, If you like classic arcade gaming, this is tops!" - padgadget.com
"Quite a beautiful game" - toucharcade.com
"4/5, It’s a great port/adaptation of a classic and is bound to please long time fans and newcomers alike" - 148apps.com
A classic reborn, Boulder Dash®-XL™ updates the best 80’s action-puzzler with cutting-edge graphics and gameplay.
With over 100 caves of frantic robo-mining fun across 5 game modes – including Retro caves! As mining robots Rockford™ or Crystal™ dig, dynamite, push and puzzle to the exit as fast as you can - but watch out for many types of roaming monsters determined to block your delving delight. Crush them with boulders, blast them with dynamite or just run away! And, yes, this is the exact same game that’s on Xbox 360 and PC! Who needs a console when you can have a cutting edge game in the palm of your hand? With puzzle, retro and arcade modes, two robots to control, a variety of exciting and dangerous monsters, leaderboards, achievements, and wonderful gadgets, Boulder Dash®-XL™ is an action-puzzler you’ll really dig.
★ Cutting edge graphics
★ Puzzling enemies
★ 100 caves to explore
★ 5 game modes, including retro!
★ Left-handed controls also supported
★ Highscore tables and achievements
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