OK, here we go!
I had the chance to play BD in a few different sessions over the past two weeks. First off, I have to say that I am unfamiliar with the original game. I have never played BD on any other system, so I can not compare it to the other versions. Because of this, I probably had to spend more time than the average BD player to get used to the physics.
Early on you want to move around slowly to look ahead and plan your next moves, but moving slowly isn't the best idea, the boulders seem to come out of no where and fall on your head. Then I realized that the game is called Boulder Dash for a reason... you need to run quickly to avoid the rock slides you cause by moving around. Of course the boulder movement is very predictable once you get the hang of it.
As of now, I have only gotten to cave D. I was stuck in cave C for quite a while. It is the type of level that doesn't have much room for error. All of the diamonds need to be collected, and it is easy to trap yourself. Cave D is different from the previous levels in that to get diamonds to appear on the screen, you must drop rocks on the fire flies. There is supposed to be a 'playable intermission' after cave D, haven't gotten to it just yet.
I tried out a couple of the later levels thanks to the cave selection on the title screen. The difficulty of the levels near the end of the game are absolutely insane even on difficulty level 1... I need some more 'training' in the early caves
The game looks and sounds amazing. The way that the entire playfield is drawn with 3 alternating colors looks really nice, and there is no flicker so it is easy on your eyes. I could listen to the title screen music over and over, some of the best sounds that I have heard on the system.
The manual is more than just a short explanation of the game, there is a nice section at the end that explains the history of the 2600 version and the collaboration efforts between Andrew, Thomas, and First Star Software. You have to applaud the effort to get an official licensed port of such an old game, as opposed to just doing it and hoping no one gets mad.
Overall I've had a lot of fun playing Boulder Dash. I will be checking it out on other consoles. Wish I would have picked this one up when it was available! Another nice polished game from two legendary homebrewers. Thanks for the experience
I took Boulder Dash to Belle Isle with me, Here is a view of downtown Detroit. Sorry for the poor quality, had to take it with a tripod on my car's hood
When I was downtown I passed by something some may be interested in seeing, this is the administration building of Ford's Highland Park plant, where they debuted the moving assembly line. My Great Grandfather moved to Detroit to build Model Ts here. Unfortunately it is not in the best condition today.