TapStar Interactive has announced a partnership with First Star Software to bring a new and updated Boulder Dash experience to mobile devices. The original Boulder Dash was launched in 1984 on Atari 8-bit computers, Commodore 64 and other platforms, and Boulder Dash: 30th Anniversary sees the game’s original creators, TapStar co-founder Chris Gray and programmer Peter Liepa reuniting for the game’s development.
The Boulder Dash franchise follows Rockford, a man challenged with digging his way through caves to collect gems and diamonds. Players must complete each level and reach the exit before time runs out, while avoiding obstacles like falling rocks, explosions or enemy creatures.
Boulder Dash: 30th Anniversary is set to include more than 50 levels, and will introduce players to a female character, Crystal, who joins Rockford. The game will be the first in the series to offer diagonal movement, and will offer players a cave editor for the first time since 1986.
Additional level packs will be available as in-app purchases, and will contain additional creatures and new worlds to explore. Finally, a “Dash Mode” will see players retrieving collectables, power-ups and multicolored gem combos as they play.
“We have spent the last year under the radar, developing new IPs and game mechanics, as well as building relationships that will allow us to bring visually and technologically dynamic properties to the mobile platform,“ said Chris Gray, co-founder of TapStar Interactive. “We formed TapStar to satisfy our creative needs as game developers, but also to push the boundaries of what is possible on mobile.”
Boulder Dash: 30th Anniversary will launch as a free app later this year on iOS and Android, and will come to PC, Mac and other platforms at a later date. Check back soon for more and to follow the game’s release on AppData, our tracking service for mobile and social apps and developers.