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Boulder Dash XL, With New Retro Mode, Races Onto Xbox LIVE Arcade

Includes “Retro Mode” as a tribute to all Boulder Dash® fans.

Ridgewood, NJ, July 13,  2011  - Great news for all Boulder Dash® and puzzle fans around the world: as Kalypso Media and First Star Software, Inc. today announced that Boulder Dash®-XLTM is now available on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft . The game, which brings a classic game into the modern HD-era, is available for 800 Microsoft Points. A Windows PC version is scheduled for release later this summer. Boulder Dash®-XLTM was developed by Catnip Games along with First Star Software Inc.

The game features 5 different game modes and pays tribute to all Boulder Dash® fans with its “Retro Mode”, which carefully replicates the look and feel of the original Boulder Dash®, released on Home Computers in 1984. Retro Modes utilizes only the gameplay elements featured in the original and the behavior of enemies inhabiting the caves is exactly as it was back then. Also,  level designs follow the same patterns and rules of the classic Boulder Dash® to make fans feel right at home. The original graphics and characters have been brought to life in real-time 3D, resulting in a unique look. Music and sound effects have been created using 8bit-Samples to underline the heritage of this Retro Gaming Classic.

Features of Retro Mode:

  • 25 Caves, following the design guidelines of the original game
  • Caves created solely using the game elements featured in the classic
  • All the classic enemies are there, behaving exactly how they did in 1984
  • Glorious 8bit-Soundtrack
  • Original graphics and characters rendered in real-time 3D

Boulder Dash’s tricky puzzle and dexterity-based gameplay made its debut in the early 80s and continues to entertain its enormous fan base and new players. The game is recognized as one of the best-loved retro games in the history of computer and video gaming. Now Boulder Dash®-XLTM brings this classic back with a hot new look.  The game’s core remains unchanged: in a race against time players must collect sparkling diamonds while besting hordes of enemies, avoiding numerous traps, and keeping an eye out for falling boulders!

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Features of Boulder Dash®-XLTM include:

  • An updated HD look and feel, featuring 720p graphics
  • 4 new game modes: “Puzzle”, “Zen”, Time Challenge” and “Retro” in addition to “Arcade”
  • Retro Mode’s  25 new Caves use 3D interpretations of the original bitmap graphics from 1984
  • New scoring mechanism adding new excitement and challenges for High Score hunters
  • Four beautiful and varied game worlds
  • Over 150 all-new Caves to explore while battling monsters and grabbing gems
  • Online Ranking Lists / Leaderboards
  • Achievements support

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Posted by: Redeema
Date: July 13, 2011

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