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Best C64 Game of All Time?

This is my pico-8 remake of one of my favourite C64 games of all time: Boulder Dash.

Featuring all of the classic caves and levels (hopefully!) plus a handful of puzzle levels thrown in for good measure.


x dig/collect/push without moving
z give up and restart level
q quit

Version History

  • 16/08/2020: 0.90
    • Rounded out original music on level select. My original version was thrown in hurriedly and a little jerky.
  • 17/04/2021: 0.91
    • Sped up to make controls feel less "sticky"
P#65457 2019-06-29 09:15 ( Edited 2021-04-16 23:36)


This is excellent! It looks, sounds, and feels like the real thing. (Or rather, like my aging memory of the real thing!) I always liked this C64 game too. :-)

P#65643 2019-07-06 20:57

Thanks and I’m with you too on the aging memory!

P#65661 2019-07-07 03:00

Nicely done!
Faithful recreation of levels - impressive work.

Minor complaints:

  • the jewels should be more flashy - the grey/brown/black gradient is not sparkling enough !
  • is the player just a bit slow?
P#65668 2019-07-07 08:43

Wow! So cool!!! <3<3<3 I love this game, thank you!!

P#80628 2020-08-11 12:39

I like the physics and real time factor. I've only played a version where boulders where falling straight and I'm not sure if it was real-time not turn-based. Here you have the time to run away to escape a boulder if you can predict where it will be falling. Otherwise, you need to move carefully as the boulders will slip on other boulders and some surfaces.

I noticed that in cave C, boulders slip on bricks, which wasn't too intuitive for me though. Do they only adhere to diggable ground thanks to earth being malleable?

P#81922 2020-09-17 13:05

Firstly, thanks for the feedback.

Boulders will roll off other boulders and brick walls. In later levels, there are magic walls which look pretty much the same but, when a boulder falls on them, they are activated for a few seconds and any other boulders that fall on them will fall through the other side as diamonds.

Pretty sure I've got most of the rules correct as per the commodore 64 version anyway.

P#81943 2020-09-18 01:45

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