Lost Treasures

February 29, 2016

Episode 20: Boulder Dash

Interview with Chris Gray

We are excited to welcome a true Canadian Video Game Pioneer to the show, Chris Gray.  Chris Gray got his first big break in the video game business with Boulder Dash, released in 1984. This single game has become a cult classic and has found its way onto nearly every home console and continues to be remade today. Recently, Boulder Dash was even released in cartridge form for the Intellivision! Chris continues to work in the game industry at TapStar Interactive creating high quality mobile games including, you guessed it, Boulder Dash: 30th Anniversary Edition for iOS.


In 1984, one game came out that would survive many generations and many decades. It was released for many platforms and inspired many games to come. That game was Boulder Dash, created by Peter Liepa and Chris Gray and it originally came out on Atari 8-bit computers, followed by just about every other platform at the time.

You play as “Rockford”, a character that must collect gems and diamonds and reach the exit within a time limit all while being chased. Of course, you can run underneath rocks and cause them to collapse which can take out your enemies, or you if you are not quick enough.

This game was historically the first video game that was available on a home console, and then converted to the arcade (usually it was the other way around). Of course, you might want to ignore the fact that Boulder Dash borrows a little from the the 1982 arcade game The Pit from Taito, but that’s okay it still has its place and in my opinion it’s a lot better.

The game has not been forgotten by enthusiasts. It’s a lost treasure for sure, but was re-released a number of times of the last few years. Most notably, in 2014 it came out as Boulder Dash: the 30th Anniversary edition on Android and iOS and probably more surprisingly: it was released for the Intellivision, on cartridge, in 2015 from Classic Game Publishers and Elektronite.

No matter which version you play, the foot tapping Rockford is one fun game.

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Sean
Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.




 
 

 

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