Boulder Dash "Perfect" to see release on Atari 2600 soon!

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Programmers Andrew Davie and Thomas Jentzsch, in association with publishers AtariAge and First Star Software, Inc, have announced that the original game in the Boulder Dash® series, Boulder Dash® Volume 1, will be available for purchase for the Atari 2600 Video Computer System (VCS), exclusively from the AtariAge Store, in time for Christmas 2011. The price is $75 and includes the cartridge, box and manual. What makes this game special is that, among other things, the cartridge will contain 16K of RAM, which will allow for as perfect a conversion of the original game as possible, and in some ways - like with the color palette - a bit better. As many of you know, First Star Software was founded in 1982 by Richard Spitalny and Fernando Herrera and was responsible for developing and publishing several classics, including Astro Chase and Spy vs. Spy. The company has stayed in business ever since and is one of the only original companies to continue to support classic platforms, with this licensed version of Boulder Dash being their most recent example.

Here's the thread on AtariAge for more information on the game. Pre-orders are supposed to start soon and a label contest is already underway. Check out the video below for an idea of how the final game looks and sounds:

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Rowdy Rob
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Definitely Boulder Dash!

It definitely looks about as good a version of Boulder Dash as you could possibly expect on the 2600! In fact, this might very well be the best 2600 game I've ever seen! Not sure about your "better color palette" comment (it's been so long since I've played the original), but no question about it, it looks spot on, gameplay-wise!

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Color palette
Rowdy Rob wrote:

It definitely looks about as good a version of Boulder Dash as you could possibly expect on the 2600! In fact, this might very well be the best 2600 game I've ever seen! Not sure about your "better color palette" comment (it's been so long since I've played the original), but no question about it, it looks spot on, gameplay-wise!

Several of the original Boulder Dash main games were not particularly colorful, actually.

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It never ceases to amaze how

It never ceases to amaze how much can be squeezed out of a 2600. OK there's extra memory on the cartridge but what is impressive is the amount of screen handling going on with the primitive TIA. Truly astounding from a technical point of view. I'd be tempted to get this but I played the excellent NES version to death and the high price point is really for collectors. I'm more of 2600 player than a collector.

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The Boulder Dash pre-order

The Boulder Dash pre-order page is up: http://atariage.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=999 Again, one of the more expensive homebrews you'll come across, but there's quite a bit of tech in the cartridges and it's complete...

By the way, our search function is functioning properly again and I found Mark's "Resembles..." Boulder Dash retrospective of a few of the past versions: http://armchairarcade.com/neo/node/2928

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Bill Loguidice
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Elite for the Atari 2600!

Wow, speaking of amazing, one of my favorite Atari 2600 homebrew programmers, Thomas Jentzsch, is working on a version of Elite for the system: http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/155657-elite-3d-graphics/

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Bill Loguidice
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The box looks pretty good:

The box looks pretty good: http://atariage.com/images/forums/Boulder-Dash-box-final-front.jpg

http://atariage.com/images/forums/Boulder-Dash-box-final-back.jpg

They also recently improved the graphics even more, so this should truly be one of the great releases for the platform.

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Bill Loguidice
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Here are some images of the
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Bill Loguidice
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Looks like these are finally

Looks like these are finally shipping. I just got my confirmation over email.

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Nice one!

Nice one!

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