The Boulder Dash franchise is celebrating its 30th anniversary (where does the time go?), and as 148apps has noted, there's a new game in the works to mark the occasion. Aptly titled Boulder Dash - 30th Anniversary, this upcoming version sees the collaboration of the original game's creators, Peter Liepa and Chris Gray, for the first time since 1984.


Boulder Dash - 30th Anniversary will contain more than 50 brand new levels, many created by Liepa and Gray themselves. It'll also come equipped with new features for the series, like diagonal movement, ramps, and a revamped physics system. You also won't be confined to playing as the game's iconic male main character Rockford, as a female protagonist named Crystal will be along for the ride as well. Most exciting is that the game will include a cave editor for players to create their own levels for the first time since 1986.

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The closest the game's developers TapStar and First Star Software will come to announcing a release date is simply "early 2014" so that pretty much means Boulder Dash - 30th Anniversary could be hitting at any time. More information and screens can be found at the TapStar website, and we'll keep an eye out for Boulder Dash - 30th Anniversary and let you know once it's available in the App Store.


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  • ConraDargo

    Hmm I think I would rather like to see them re-releasing the original. Had so much fun with the game on my brothers C64 🙂 Don't care all that much for this version's design and style.

    • ukdna

      I agree, M.U.L.E. Returns also suffers similarly. It couldn't be that hard to repackage the original could it? I want the cool snapping sound in Boulder Dash at the start of each 'man.' Of course you can't sell nostalgia to a new audience, either.

      • ukdna

        But I'll forgive a lot if this has controller support! A tough game with touch controls, I've tried with Emus.

    • Craig Grannell

      They already did that some time ago, with the (mostly dreadful) Boulder Dash Vol. 1, a botched port of the original game. In fact, this 30th anniversary release will be, by my count, the fourth official Boulder Dash game on iOS, after the aforementioned one, the inoffensive but dull Boulder Dash XL, and the 'could have been a contender has someone not messed up the zoom level' Boulder Dash Rocks.

      So, er, fourth time lucky? (At least Liepa's involved. To my mind, the original Boulder Dash caves were the best. Once he was no longer involved, the design wasn't nearly as good. Even Boulder Dash IV was poor, although it was worth buying because of the construction kit. Also, I am old.)

  • Louis Ace

    Looks like Spelunky.

  • Hoot3000

    I wish they would do crystal mines from nes. That game was fun!

  • MonkeyChunks

    Loved the original Boulder Dash and its 3 sequels in 90s (I know the game was made in 80s)
    Glad that this is a new game and not that Boulder Dash that was released on consoles/PC where the character is a bulky robot. That game is no good.

  • lazrhog

    30 years ? OMG. Looking forward to this 🙂

  • rewind

    Well before another app causes confusion, they should probably trademark the words 'boulder,' 'dash,' '30,' and 'years.'

    • Undaunted

      Yeah I saw the title on this and was thinking of the board game...

  • oddyoh

    MFi controller support hopefully, I wouldn't go near this kind of game with touch controls.
    Agree with the earlier comments, please re-release the original game, that's what nostalgia is all about...then do a remake if you must, but most remakes are horrific unfortunately.

  • laniparis

    I used to play this when I was little. All the feels.